Shahriyar Jamshidi, a Kurdish Kamanche (four-stringed-spiked -fiddle) player, composer, vocalist, founder of the Dilan Chamber Ensemble and co-performer at Kamancello, is a graduate of Tehran University of Art and a former artist-in-residence at Banff Centre. Shahriyar has devoted his artistic career to the preservation and transmission of the Kurdish musical heritage. Also, he is well known for his creative and masterful kamanche improvisations, both as a soloist and in ensembles.
Since settling in Canada in 2012, he has consistently sought new musical languages, thereby crossing cultures with his Kamanche recitals. He performed at Toronto’s Tirgan Festival, International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM), Switzerland and Canada; High-Fest, Armenia, Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal, Ontario Contact; 33rd World Conference of International Society for Music Education, Azerbaijan, University of Minneapolis School of Music, United State; Cello Biennial, Netherlands, and performance as soloist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.
Shahryar’s past released include four solo albums (Alvanati, Call of the Mountains, A Yellow Flower, and The Lullaby of A Nomad) as well as Meet Me In Tangier, Kamancello’s self-titled debut album, and the upcoming album “Kamancello II: Voyage” will be released in 2019.
In addition, Shahriyar Jamshidi has received awards from Canada Arts Council, International Society for Music Education ISME, SOCAN Foundation and Toronto Arts Council.