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Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Aida Shirazi is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. Shirazi’s music is described as “well-made” and “affecting” by The New Yorker and “unusually creative” by San Francisco Classical Voice. Her works for solo instruments, voice, ensemble, orchestra, and electronics are often influenced by literature, language, and Iranian classical music.
Shirazi is the selected composer for Diaphonia and XelmYa+, ACIMC and Bilgi New Music Festival calls for scores. Her music has been featured at MATA, New Music Gathering, SPLICE, Tehran Contemporary Music Festival, Klasik Keyifler, Bilgi New Music Days, and Sesin Yolculuğu festivals in the United States, Europe, and Iran. Shirazi’s works are performed by Jacob Greenberg (International Contemporary Ensemble,) Miranda Cuckson, Andrew McIntosh, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Ryan McCullough, Keith Kirchoff, Alexa Renger, Emanuela Piemonti, Ellen Jewett, Ensemble Dal Niente, FOM (The Friends of MATA), Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Empyrean Ensemble, Lydian String Quartet and Bilkent Symphony Orchestra. She has attended workshops with Interface Ensemble (2013) and Yurodny Ensemble (2016).
Currently, Shirazi is a Ph.D. candidate of composition at the University of California, Davis and works with Kurt Rohde. She has studied with Pablo Ortiz, Mika Pelo, Yiğit Aydın, Tolga Yayalar, Onur Türkmen, and Hooshyar Khayam as well as participating in workshops and masterclasses by Mark Andre, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Riccardo Piacentini, and Füsun Köksal, among others. Shirazi holds her B.A. in classical piano from Tehran University of Art (Iran), and her B.M. in music composition and theory from Bilkent University (Turkey). In the years 1998-2004, she studied santoor (traditional Iranian hammered dulcimer) with Parissa Khosravi Samani.
Shirazi is a co-founder and board member of the Iranian Female Composers Association (IFCA).