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Iman Habibi: Biography

Iman Habibi
1985 -
Region: British Columbia

Iman Habibi

Iman Habibi, MMUS (UBC 2010), BMUS (UBC 2008), is an award-winning composer and pianist.

Hailed as a giant in talent (the Penticton Herald) Iman’s music has been performed by a number of noted ensembles and performers such as musica intima, The Vancouver Bach Choir, The Prince George Symphony Orchestra, DaCapo Chamber Choir, The Standing Wave Ensemble, cellist Jonah Kim, soprano Simone Osborne, tenor Keith Klassen, baritone Peter McGillivray, soprano Carla Huhtanen, mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber, and pianists Carrie-Ann Matheson, and Liz Upchurch among others, and has been workshopped by The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Aventa ensemble, The Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, and Drosera ensemble. Iman Habibi’s music and performances have been heard across North America, in cities such as New York, Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver. His Music has been programmed by prestigious concert organizations such as The Marilyn Horne Foundation (New York), The Canadian Opera Company (Toronto), Tapestry New Opera (Toronto), Atlantic Music Festival (Maine), the BCScene Festival (Ottawa), the Powell Street Festival (Vancouver), Vox Novus (New York), and the Sonic Boom Festival (Vancouver).

He has received numerous awards including the Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist in Music (2011), First Prize at the SOCAN Foundation’s Awards for Young Audio-Visual Composers, Second Prize at The 2008 Vancouver Bach Choir’s national Competition for Large Choir Works for his work “Erroneous Kudos,” and First Prize for his work “Black Riders” at the 2009 Guelph Chamber Choir’s national competition. His music and interviews are broadcast regularly on radios across North America, such as CBC radio one, CBC radio two (Canada), and WQXR (New York). He has received numerous commissions including a commission to compose his first piano concerto for The Prince George Symphony Orchestra (PGSO). In Feb. 2010, Mr. Habibi appeared as the piano soloist to premiere this concerto with the PGSO. Mr. Habibi completed his Masters degree at the University of British Columbia under the instruction of Dorothy Chang. Former teachers include Jeffrey Ryan, and Stephen Chatman.

As a pianist, he was a finalist at the Inaugural Knigge National Piano Competition. He has had the privilege of working with many great musicians and performing with various ensembles such as the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He appeared as the piano soloist with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra to premiere his first piano concerto in Feb. 2010. Iman is also well-known for his collaborations with pianist Deborah Grimmett. The two pianists formed a duo in 2010, which at its debut, won third prize, and the audience choice award at The International Northwest Piano Ensemble Competition.