Vahid Jahandari

Composer Info

Vahid Jahandari

Vahid Jahandari is a graduate student in music composition at the University of Texas at Austin where he studies with Russell Pinkston, Bruce Pennycook, and Yevgeniy Sharlat. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Composition from Tehran University of Art in Tehran, Iran, with an emphasis in Contemporary Music.

Recently his works, "The Checkered City" for symphonic orchestra, and, "…And, I Speak to You", for clarinet quintet, were selected as the first-prize winners of the 2Agosto International and Ahmad Pejman National composition competitions in 2015. Both of these pieces were performed in two different festivals in Bologna, Italy, and Tehran. Jahandari also cooperated with the composer, Ehsan Saboohi, as the solo tenor singer in an experimental music album titled, "Phonemes Requiem", released in 2015, both by Spectropol Records in Washington, D.C., and the Mahoor Institute of Culture and Arts in Tehran.

More recently, in the fall/winter of 2016, three of Jahandari's original works were selected for performance in the EARS concert. Directed by Russell Pinkston, Jahandari's "The Vulture" (an electroacoustic solo piece for double-bass, performed by Ryse Gates) premiered in October 2016. The Clutch concert in November of the same year saw the premiere of "Hell, But Cold" (performed in Bates Hall by Farshad Tahvilar-Zadeh as a piano solo). Also in November, Jahandari's "Yellow Hasn't Become Red for No Reason") premiered at the Latex Festival, a festival of electroacoustic music from five universities across Texas and Louisiana (performed by two celebrated Iranian traditional players of the setar and kuzeh) - all while focusing on his graduate studies in three Master's classes in the Butler School of Music's Composition Studio led by Yevgeniy Sharlat. Here, famed composers Joel Puckett, Stephene Montague, and D.J. Sparr provided Jahandari with invaluable guidance as he continued developing his musical style.

The month of November 2016 also saw the renowned Aeolus Quartet perform, in a reading workshop, Jahandari's piece titled, "Sandstorm Elegy" (for string quartet and electronics).

Jahandari's primary influences are derived from ancient Persian music, although he incorporates these with his own unique contemporary style. In some cases, he purposefully conflicts different musical genres by juxtaposing them within the same piece to create new musical effects. He is a big fan of polyrhythms, multi-harmony styles, Persian modes, multi-meters, using different scales simultaneously, and is an avid follower of American musicians Charles Ivas and Steve Reich. Other influences of Jahandari's include Igor Stravinsky, as well as British composers Thomas Ades.


Student Information

Degree Pursuing
Masters, Composition


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