Hooshyar Khayam

Hooshyar Khayam (b. 1978, Bedford) is an Iranian-British musician. He is active as a composer, pianist, and producer. His works are in contemporary classical, Persian/world music; and in music for film, animation, and theater.

Khayam’s music has been widely performed by artists such as Hossein Alizadeh, Aram Talalyan, Wayne Foster-Smith, Todd Palmer, Zsofia Boros, Eva Schonweiss, Kirsten Ecke, Isabel Villanueva, Golfam Khayam, Elina Bertina, Artur Avanesov, Stephen Prutsman, Anja Lechner, Morrison Trio, and Kronos Quartet among others.

He is the finalist of the “Queen Elisabeth International Composition Competition” for his piano concerto “Before the Dream is Over” (2013), first prize award winner of “Franz Schubert and Modern Music International Composition Competition” for his piano trio “I Waited for You in Rain” (2011), finalist of the Mauricio Kagel International Composition Competition (2013); and 4-star winner “Top of the World Albums” by Songlines (75th issue) for his album “All of You” (with Amir Eslami, Hermes Records 2011) as distinctive music of Middle East.

Prior to founding his own label, Khayam worked extensively with Hermes Records, his debut album “Tatari” (Her. 2007), followed by “Thousand Acacias” (Her. 2010), “All of You” (Her. 2011), “Strings” (Her. 2012), and collaborative album “Clouds” (Her. 2008). His other solo albums include “Sea’s Seven Days” (CMR. 2010), “Verses of the Night” (CMR. 2011), “Verses in the Wind” (Melmax Records, 2014), and number of other collaborative albums.

Khayam founded Tehran Records in 2015 to produce and to promote music of Iran today, and to to bring attention of the audience in Iran towards other musical genres and literature.

Khayam has BM in Persian Music from University of Art in Tehran; AD in Piano Performance from Trinity College of London; MM and DMA in Composition from College-Conservatory of Music Cincinnati. He lives in Tehran.

Photo by Faeqeh Shahverdi