Sahba Aminikia

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Sahba Aminikia (Persian صهبا امینی کیا) (born in 1981) is an Iranian-American contemporary classical music composer based in San Francisco, California. In November 2010, Aminikia's "String Quartet No.3: A Threnody for Those Who Remained" was world-premiered by the Kronos Quartet at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California.[1] A compilation of his works "Miniatures" is published under Hermes Records in 2011.[2]


Aminikia studied music composition in Russia at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory under Borish Ivanovich Tishchenko. In Iran, Aminikia studied under renowned Iranian pianists Nikan Milani, Safa Shahidi, Gagik Babayan, and primarily Mehran Rouhani.[3] He also has received his BM and MM at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Daniel J. Becker, David Garner, David Conte and Conrad Susa. He has also received lessons from Richard Danielpour, John Corigliano, and John Adams (composer).[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2015: American Prize - Professional Chamber Music Division - 2nd Place [5]
  • 2014: Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival Stone Fellow Composer [6]
  • 2012: Winner of Shanghai-San Francisco International Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition.[7]
  • 2010: Phyllis Wattis Foundation Scholarship.[8]
  • 2010: ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards Finalist


  1. ^ Ulrich, Allan (2010-11-01). "Kronos Quartet, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco". Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  2. ^ Records, Hermes (2012-06-22). "Hermes Records Official Website". Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  3. ^ compiled by Jahanshah Javid updated 23-Apr-2012 (2012-04-23). "Sahba Aminikia". Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  4. ^ Events Articles People Member Search AMC Online Library. "American Composers Forum | Sahba Aminikia". Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  5. ^ NA. " | American Prize 2015". Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  6. ^ Amanda Gatt. " | Sahba Aminikia". Retrieved 2014-09-06. 
  7. ^ SFCM Official Website. "San Francisco Conservatory of Music | Sahba Aminikia". Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  8. ^ Phyllis Wattis Foundation. "Phyllis Wattis Foundation Website | Sahba Aminikia". Retrieved 2012-05-16. 

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