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UMass Dartmouth Faculty Peyman Farzinpour

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PEYMAN FARZINPOUR: Biography

Peyman Farzinpour enjoys a diverse career as a composer, conductor, music educator, and concert producer. He has served as Music Director and Conductor of Erato Philharmonia in Los Angeles and the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra in Massachusetts. A hallmark of his concerts is his adventurous programming, which often combines standard repertoire, 20th century, and contemporary music. Prior to moving to the east coast, he served as Director of New Music Programs for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where he was responsible for creating highly innovative concerts, which were awarded first place by ASCAP/Chamber Music America for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. As Artistic Director and conductor of Erato Philharmonia, Farzinpour created programs that intertwined standard repertoire, 20th century, and contemporary music in conjunction with multimedia such as video, dance, and live painting. An ardent proponent of music of all epochs, he has conducted music from the Baroque to contemporary periods with orchestras and ensembles in North America and Europe including the Congress Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, the New Symphony and the Pleven Philharmonic in Bulgaria, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, the Orchestra of the Sessione Senese in Italy, the Banff Chamber Orchestra in Canada, the St. Matthews Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles, the U. C. Davis Symphony and Chorus, and one of Italy’s foremost new music groups, the Divertimento Ensemble. Since 2008, he has regularly appeared as a guest conductor at Tufts University, leading concerts of contemporary music. He has also guest conducted and served as guest lecturer at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2013 and 2014, he will conduct multiple performances with the MDI Ensemble of Milan and the Cygnus Ensemble of New York City, including performances of operas by Salvatorre Sciarrino and Roberto Toscano, along with the world premiere of a new work by Giacomo Manzoni.

Equally active as a composer, Farzinpour’s works have been performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe by groups such as the Janus Ensemble, the June in Buffalo Chamber Orchestra, the St. Matthews Chamber Orchestra, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Verdi String Quartet, the Empyrean Ensemble, by pianist Leonard Stein in the Piano Spheres series, and at the Tufts University Festival of Contemporary Music. He has been a composer in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and is a recipient of the Subito Grant from the American Composers Forum. He will premiere new pieces with the MDI Ensemble and the Cygnus Ensemble in the 2013.

Farzinpour has also served as a lecturer and pre-concert speaker and interviewer for the Pasadena Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was the Manager of the Education and Community Programs. He holds a B.M. in classical guitar performance from the Peabody Conservatory, a B.A. in English Literature from the Johns Hopkins University, and an M.A. in composition from U.C. Davis. He did post-graduate studies in Italy, where he studied conducting with Emilio Pomarico and Sandro Gorli, and composition with Giacomo Manzoni. He has also studied conducting with Gustav Meier at the International Conductors Workshop. He is currently a Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

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