Toronto Arts Council Commissions Iman Habibi to Compose for a Consortium of Pianists

Toronto Arts Council has commissioned Iman Habibi to compose a new 12-15 minute piano piece for a consortium of pianists.
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TORONTO - Dec. 12, 2019 - PRLog -- Toronto Arts Council has provided Iranian-Canadian composer and pianist, Iman Habibi, with the commissioning funds for a new 12-15 minute solo piano piece to be composed in 2020. The piece will be composed for a growing consortium of pianists from around the world, who have endorsed this project and expressed an interest in programming the piece in future seasons. These include pianists Kate Acone, Melody Yvonne Chan-Li, Amy I-lin Cheng, Andrea Christie, Leah Claiborne, John Dupuis, Parisa Golshan, Deborah Grimmett, Madeline Hildebrand, Niayesh Javaheri, Matthew Li, Andrea Lodge, Evan Mitchell, Nicholas Phillips, and Avan Yu.

Iman Habibi, D.M.A. (Michigan), is an Iranian-Canadian composer and pianist, and a founding member of the piano duo ensemble, Piano Pinnacle. Hailed as "a giant in talent" (the Penticton Herald), Dr. Habibi has been commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Orchestra of St. Luke's, and collaborated with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, JACK Quartet, Chiara String Quartet, Del Sol String Quartet, and The Calidore String Quartet, and has been programmed by Carnegie Hall, The Marilyn Horne Foundation, New York Festival of Song, The Canadian Opera Company, and Tapestry New Opera, among others. His awards include multiple wins at the SOCAN Foundation's Awards, The International Composers' Award at the Esoterics' POLYPHONOS (2012), The Vancouver Mayor's Arts Awards for Emerging Artist in Music (2011), Brehm Prize in Choral Music (2016), as well as numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and BC Arts Council.

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