Amir Farid

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Amir Farid (Persian: امیر فرید‎‎) is an Iranian-Australian solo pianist and chamber musician based in Melbourne.[1] He is also the pianist member of Benaud Trio[2] as well as the principal accompanist for the senior performing ensemble of the Australian Children's Choir. In 2006 he won the first prize of the prestigious Australian National Piano Award.[3] In 2007 he was granted the Encouragement Award at the 2007 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition;[4] this Competition is considered as Australia's most prestigious event for solo pianists. In the same year he won The Geoffrey Parsons Award,[5] the only competition in Australia that focuses entirely on the art of piano accompaniment.[6]

Amir Farid is the son of the celebrated Iranian theatre and film artist Manouchehr Farid (منوچهر فرید). Manouchehr Farid is well known for his roles in such films as Khesht va Ā'ineh (Mud and Mirror) directed by Ebrahim Golestan, Baluch (Baluchi) by Masud Kimiai, and Gharibeh va Meh (Stranger and Fog) by Bahram Bayzai. Following the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Manoucher Farid left Iran for the United States of America, where Amir was born.[7] Later the family emigrated to Australia.

Amir Farid studied with Professor Ronald Farren-Price at University of Melbourne, from 1995 until 2004 when he graduated with Honours. Between 2003 and 2005 he attended the Australian National Academy of Music, where he worked with Rita Reichman, Geoffrey Tozer and Timothy Young.[8]


  1. ^ Amir Farid, Official Web Site, [1].
  2. ^ Benaud Trio, Official Web Site
  3. ^ Australian National Piano Award, ANPA Grand Final 2006 - Results, [2].
    Australian National Piano Award, 2006 Winner's Recital, Scotch College, Melbourne, [3].
  4. ^ Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, Competiotion - 2007, [4], [5].
  5. ^ The Accompanists' Guild of SA Inc., Media Release: 2nd time lucky for 2007 Geoffrey Parsons Award Winner leading young Australian pianist, Amir Farid, 16 July 2007, [6].
  6. ^ Geoffrey Parson Award, The Accompanists' Guild of SA Inc., [7].
  7. ^ Babak Azimi, I have always had a burning desire to see Iran, in Persian, BBC Persian, Thursday 25 September 2007, [8].
  8. ^ Official Web Site of Amir Farid, Biography, [9].

External links[edit]

  • Official Web Site of Amir Farid: [10].
  • Official Web Site of Benaud Trio: [11].
  • Amir Farid playing Prokofiev's Toccata in D minor, Op. 11, recorded in January 2006: (Audio).
  • Benaud Trio at work: (Multimedia).
  • Benaud Trio's live recordings: (Audio).