Shahrdad Rohani

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Shardad Rohani
Born Tehran, Iran
Origin Iran
Occupations Composer, Arranger, Conductor
Instruments Violin, Piano
Associated acts Yanni

Shahrdad Rohani(Persian: شهرداد روحانی) is an Iranian composer, violinist/pianist, and conductor.

Musical career[edit]

His style is contemporary and he is well known for composing and conducting classical, film as well as pop music. One of such projects was arranging and conducting the Yanni Live at the Acropolis concert, an open-air concert with the London Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in the Parthenon, Athens, Greece. This concert was acclaimed by both critics and audience and became the most widely viewed program ever shown on Public Television in United States and is the second best-selling music video of all time.

Being educated since childhood at very prestigious schools has made him into a grand maestro, winning awards in various countries and composing in varied styles. He studied at the Academy and Conservatories of Music in Vienna, Austria, and received several important scholarships and awards both in Europe and United States. These include the A.K.M Scholarship, Vienna, Austria, and the ASCAP Scholarship, Los Angeles, California.

Mr. Rohani is the music director and conductor of the COTA symphony orchestra in Los Angeles. He has appeared as a guest conductor with a number of prestigious orchestras including London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras and many others.

In December 1998 Rohani was commissioned by the government of Thailand and the committee of the 13th Asian Games to compose and conduct the music for opening ceremonies. The composition became the most popular song of the Asian Games.

Rohani has recorded several classical CDs with the Slovak Radio Symphony orchestra for Discover/Koch International including the Tchaikovsky Ballet music which received raging reviews by the media including the Intune Magazine in Japan.

In 1999 Rohani received the Thailand's Pikanes award, the country's most prestigious music award for an outstanding orchestral performance. The award is considered the highest artistic achievement.

Rohani is especially well known to the world for conducting film music.


  • As a child, student to Ebrahim Rouhifar, a well-known Persian violinist.
  • Attended the Persian National Music Conservatory of Tehran at age 10.
  • In 1975, studied Music Composition and Conducting at the Vienna Music Academy.


  • A.K.M. Scholarship (Vienna, Austria)
  • ASCAP Scholarship (Los Angeles, California)
  • Thailand's Pikanes Award (1999)


  • Eternity
  • Beauty of Love
  • Touch of Serenity
  • Dance of Spring
  • Dream Images
  • Impressions of Romance
  • Cinema Passion
  • Winds of Christmas 1 & 2


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