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Praised by The Los Angeles Times as having “irresistible verve, unpretentious directness, and fingers of steel,” pianist and composer Amir Khosrowpour “seeks out what is new and vital and delivers it with passion, considerable drama, and poetry” (NY Concert Review). His focus is new music as well as improvisation, and he incorporates both in his concert programming. Performance highlights include the West Coast premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in Los Angeles, Allora & Calzadilla’s performance art piece Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy at MoMA in NYC (in which the pianist stands in a hole cut out of the middle of the piano and plays Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony finale from the opposite side of the keyboard), a solo recital of American music written after 1975 at the original Steinway Hall in Manhattan, and a collaboration with Turin-based filmmaker and artist Simone Catania and Noire Gallery in which Khosrowpour performed his own composition in a fog-filled art gallery whilst hanging from the ceiling.

Khosrowpour also functions as a composer and frequent collaborator with artists in different fields. He has written for theater companies including TACT in New York, Shana Cordon Theatre and Quake Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, and Margarita Blush in Connecticut. He is working with playwright Andrea Thome on a musical play about immigration and the transgender community, and has collaborated with several NYC dance companies including Nicoll+Oreck, the Sokolow Ensemble, and the 92Y Harkness Dance Center.

His piano duo, Corky Has a Band (with pianist David Broome), creates and performs concerts combining contemporary music, improvisation, vaudeville, and theatrical elements. Their show “PowerHour” involves 60 one-minute pieces and 60 shots of beer, while other shows have featured a book-burning, a piece for piano and Legos, and a composition for overhead projector based on the book Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi. In addition, they have produced four music videos and two albums – their latest, The Brimstone Project, is an amalgamation of prepared piano, electronics, and samples of an angry preacher.

The son of Iranian immigrants, Khosrowpour studied piano in his early years in Southern California under the mentorship of Scott McBride Smith. He continued at University of Kansas, graduating with Distinction with a B.M. in Piano and Composition under the invaluable tutelage of Jack Winerock and James Barnes. Khosrowpour then travelled to New York in 2004 to earn a Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees in piano at Manhattan School of Music with Phillip Kawin as his piano guru.

Khosrowpour has served on faculty at Hunter College, Manhattan School of Music, The Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy, and the Horace Mann School. He has also developed multi-media presentations for advanced video-conferencing at Manhattan School of Music, working with students across the U.S. and abroad in Norway and Scotland.

He lives in The Bronx with his beautiful wife, brand new daughter, and fine-tuned Steinway.  


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