Shahrdad Rouhani

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Shahrdad Rouhani
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Background information
Also known asShardad Rohani
Born (1954-05-27) May 27, 1954 (age 65)
Rasht, Iran
Occupation(s)Composer, Arranger, Conductor
InstrumentsViolin, Piano
Years active1973–present
Associated actsYanni, Anoushiravan Rohani

Shahrdad Rohani also spelled Shardad Rohani (Persian: شهرداد روحانی‎ or شهداد روحانی, born 27 May 1954 in Rasht)[1] is an Iranian-American composer, violinist/pianist, and conductor. His style is contemporary and he is well known for composing and conducting classical, instrumental, adult contemporary/new age, film soundtrack as well as pop music.[2] In the years 2016 until 2020, he was the music director of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra.[3] He left his job role in January 2020.[4]

Early life[edit]

His father, Reza Rohani, was an accomplished musician and as a result, Shahrdad and all of his brothers including Anoushiravan Rohani and Ardeshir Rohani followed in their father’s footsteps.[1] He began playing the piano at age 6, like many of his other brothers.[5] As a child, he was a student to a well-known Persian violinist, Ebrahim Rouhifar.[2] At age 10 he attended the Persian National Music Conservatory of Tehran.[2] By 1975, he was studying Music Composition and Conducting at the Vienna Music Academy.[2] By 1984 Shahrdad moved to Los Angeles to attend University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).[5]

Musical career[edit]

Shahrdad Rouhani – 2016

From 1987 until 1991, Rohani served as the music director and conductor of the Committee on the Arts (COTA) symphony orchestra in Los Angeles.[1][5] 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.

Rohani arranged and conducted sixty piece orchestra to supplement Yanni's keyboard compositions during the Yanni Live at the Acropolis concert in 1993, it was an open-air concert with the London Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in the Parthenon, Athens, Greece.[5] Shahrdad also played the violin in all but two of the tracks during this concert.[5] Yanni Live at the Acropolis 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.[2]

In 1994, he became a US Citizen.[5]

Rohani was commissioned in 1998 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.[2]

In 1999, Rohani received the Thailand's 'King's Golden Pikanes Award', the country's most prestigious music award for an outstanding orchestral performance. The award is considered the highest artistic achievement.[2]


Solo albums[edit]

Year Solo album title Notes
1977 Eternity
1994 Beauty of Love, Journey to Romance [6]
1988 Dream Images [7]
1990 Rayahee [8]
1991 Dance of Spring
1994 The Winds of Christmas [9]
1994 Encore in Ivory [10]
1995 Impressions of Romance
1996 Touch of Serenity, Volume 1
1997 The Winds of Christmas, Volume 2
1998 Cinema Passion

Compilation and guest artist albums[edit]

Year Album title Artist(s) Notes
1994 Live at the Acropolis Yanni, Shardad Rohani The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by Shahrdad Rohani on this album
1999 The Private Years Yanni, Shardad Rohani A box set
2000 River of Kings Dej Bulsuk, London Symphony Orchestra, Shardad Rohani [11]
2000 Sunrise in Bangkok Dej Bulsuk, London Symphony Orchestra, Shardad Rohani [12]
2002 Kingdom of Smiles Dej Bulsuk, London Symphony Orchestra, Shardad Rohani [13]
2007 Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker; Swan Lake; the Sleeping Beauty Slovak Radio New Philharmonic Orchestra, Viktor Simcisko, Shardad Rohani
2009 EclectSax Douglas Masek, Shardad Rohani
2009 Open Secret Nahan Makon, Alireza Assar, London Symphonic Orchestra, Shardad Rohani
2013 Dancing at the Opera Various artists
2013 Sinus Persicus Suite London Symphony Orchestra, London Voices, Shardad Rohani
2013 Born to be Thai Dej Bulsuk, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Shardad Rohani [14]


  • A.K.M. Scholarship (Vienna, Austria)
  • ASCAP Scholarship (Los Angeles, California)
  • 1984 – Jerry Fielding Award, UCLA[5]
  • 1999 – ' Pikanes Award' by the Musical Association of Thailand[2][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Shahrdad Rohani: A Classical Musician with a Twist". IIP Digital. U.S. Department of State, US Embassy. Jan 12, 2009. Archived from the original on 2014-08-21. Retrieved Aug 19, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Shahrad Rohani, Know Him Better". Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  3. ^ شهرداد روحانی رهبر ثابت ارکستر سمفونیک تهران شد [Hossein Rohani became the leader of Tehran Symphony Orchestra]. BBC Persian (in Persian). 2017-08-02. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  4. ^ جنچال در تالار رودکی. بخش دوم کنسرت ارکستر سمفونیک تهران بدو رهبر اجرا شد [Row in the Rudaki Hall. The Second Part of the Concert of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra Performed without Conductor]. BBC Persian (in Persian). 2020-01-24. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Dallafar, Arlene (2001). Barkan, Elliott Robert (ed.). Making it in America: A Sourcebook on Eminent Ethnic Americans. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC, CLIO. pp. 320. ISBN 9781576070987.
  6. ^ "Shardad* - Beauty Of Love". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  7. ^ "Shardad* - Dream Images". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  8. ^ Bibian, Shani. "Rahaayee-Shardad Rohani". Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  9. ^ "Shardad Rohani - Winds Of Christmas". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  10. ^ "Shardad Rohani - Encore On Ivory". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  11. ^ "Dej Bulsuk, Shardad Rohani & Bangkok Symphony Orchestra - River Of Kings". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  12. ^ "Dej Bulsuk, Shardad Rohani & The London Symphony Orchestra - Sunrise In Bangkok = อรุณรุ่งกรุงเทพฯ". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  13. ^ "Dej Bulsuk, Shardad Rohani & The London Symphony Orchestra - Kingdom Of Smiles". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  14. ^ "Dej Bulsuk, Shardad Rohani & Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra - Born To Be Thai = เกิดเป็นไทย". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-04-15.

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