Flutist, Songwriter, and pianist, Helia Azar, was awarded outstanding talent prize in Fadjr International Festival three times in Tehran, Iran. She had the opportunity to work with so many great musicians in the United States, Canada, and Iran and also as a teacher at different universities and music institutes such as the University of Minnesota, Boise State University, and the University of Tehran. She has more than 20 years of experience in the music industry and recently got her certificate in Digital Music Production from Langara College. She studied as a doctorate candidate in flute performance and teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota in the United States. She got her Master's degree in Music from Boise State University in the United States and her Bachelor's degree in Music from the University of Tehran. She is the founder, piano and flute teacher at Azars Music School and Certified Teacher of Royal Conservatory of Music.
Cellist and pianist, Nila Azar is an active musician and performer in Vancouver, BC. She was awarded a scholarship to pursue her Bachelor's degree at UBC School of Music. She studied at Tehran Music Conservatory and had been playing Cello for more than ten years. She performed with different orchestras and music ensembles in Iran and Canada. She had the opportunity to receive scholarships from the UBC music summer camp and North Shore music academy for two consecutive years. Nila worked with many great musicians such as Professor Eric Wilson, Liane Langton, Dine Sanford, and Jonathan Der in Vancouver. As an active music instructor, she taught Cello, piano, music theory, and kids group classes for more than six years. She is a performer at the UBC Symphony Orchestra and working as a volunteer performer at various fundraising events.She is a Cello and Piano teacher at Azars' Music School.
Tristan Shears is a guitarist, composer, audio engineer and music educator based in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Tristan started taking guitar lessons at the age of 10, which kickstarted a lifelong love for music. Tristan holds a diploma in Contemporary Composition and Music Technology, and a diploma in Audio Engineering and Music Production. After having the opportunity to study with acclaimed Canadian Jazz guitarist Mike Rud, Tristan decided to pursue a bachelor's degree in jazz education at Capilano University, where he is currently studying.
Helia is a classical Singer, Violinist and Violist. She started learning music from an early age. She graduated from Tehran Conservatory of Music in Iran as a Violin and Viola major. After moving to Canada she studied classical singing and graduated as a voice major from Capilano university. She has taught Music Theory, Sight-Singing and Ear Training, Kids Music and also Violin and Viola classes to kids and adults. From an early age, she had many performances with the Iranian kids' Orchestra at Vahdat hall, Rudaki hall and Azadi Hall in Tehran and Hafiz Hall in Shiraz. She also had performances with The Tehran music school String ensemble, The Tehran music school Chamber Orchestra as a violinist and viola player and The music school of Tehran choir as a Mezzo-Soprano. She also had many performances with the Capilano singers choir at “BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing”.
Kira Bennett is a classically trained pianist and violinist as well as an avid composer. Having studied music composition at Simon Fraser University, Kira is now completing a degree in music education, also at SFU. For nearly ten years she has passed along her love of performing to young music learners.
Kira aims to share her love of music with her students through a fun yet structured teaching approach. By getting to know her students, she is able to curate her lessons according to their wonderfully unique personalities. She is certified in the ORFF, Suzuki, and O’Connor Methods.
Dylan grew up in a musical family and, being immersed in music from a young age, quickly developed a passion for it. He started learning guitar at the age of 9 and soon after began mastering several other instruments, including bass, piano, and drums. In addition to being a skilled multi-instrumentalist, Dylan is also a talented composer and arranger and uses every opportunity to express his creative skills as a songwriter and musician. He is versatile in his musical styles, having an expansive knowledge of many genres, including rock, pop, jazz, folk, country, blues, and classical. As a graduate of Capilano University’s Bachelor of Jazz program in Composition And Performance, Dylan aims to pass on his passion and love for music, along with his experience, to both beginner and veteran musicians and students.
Zari Peyman began a painter, sculptor and fashion designer career where she grew up in Tehran, Iran.
She graduated from Kamal-Ol-Molk art college. She also set up her studio/gallery in Tehran, Iran, and has participated in solo and group shows, after she immigrated to Vancouver she has displayed her art works at Catering Place in Vancouver.
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The inspiration for my painting comes from Nature. Painting has the potential to connect us to one another in its power to represent meaning in our relationship. It also has the strength to connect us to our history. I have an unstoppable passion to share an art that cannot be explained through words, with others. I have an affinity for Ink and Water painting. Waterocior, Acrylic and oil paintings alongside with charcoal.
Santoor instructor and painter, Farzaneh Daneshmand, has been teaching Santoor for more than 15 years at different music institutes in Shiraz, Iran where she has mostly focused on developing and tailoring educational methods targeted towards children and adolescents. She started taking Santoor lessons under supervision of one of the most renowned Santoor instructors in Iran. Later on, She has the opportunity to be selected as the teaching assistant by Masood Shenassa who is the founder of the modern Santoor teaching method. Simultaneously, she built upon her skills by studying rhythm, harmony, and music theory. Iranian Traditional Radio became her passion from the very first years, on which she spent most of her learning time.She received her Master's degree in Painting from Azad University of Art and Architecture.
Taraneh Mousavi is a Vancouver-based Iranian vocalist, composer, singer-songwriter, arts manager and educator with over 20 years of experience in the music industry. Her sound blends jazz, classical, and contemporary music with deep connections to poetry and her Persian roots. She has explored four continents so far, capturing the spirit of the many places she has felt “at home” throughout her life.
Taraneh holds a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from Cologne University for Music and Dance, and a master’s degree in Global Jazz on a full scholarship at the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute directed by the Grammy-winning pianist Danilo Perez.
In her upcoming debut EP “Home is a River” she explores the metamorphosis of the concept of home and belonging in the aftermath of immigration, which she is planning to release in early 2024.
Elahe Naghavi, a skilled pianist and dedicated piano instructor, earned her Bachelor's degree in Musical Art from Komitas Conservatory of Music in 2016, followed by her Master's in Piano Performance in 2018. Her career as a piano instructor began in Tehran, and she distinguished herself by passing the rigorous examination at the prestigious Pournazery Music Academy, becoming the sole piano instructor at the institution. Elahe also collaborated as a pianist with renowned musicians from Tehran's symphonic orchestra in the Scheherazade quartet. Beyond her musical talents, she possesses a deep passion for art and literature, having earned a Bachelor's degree in French literature.
Violinist and classical singer, Tannaz Kompany, graduated from Shiraz Music and Art University. She has 18 years experience teaching violin, solfège, and music theory. She is highly educated in the Suzuki method and has taught Violin with Suzuki method at many music institutes in Shiraz and Tehran.
Tannaz collaborated with Iranian TV and radio stations. She was one of the jury members of the music section of the Shiraz public school’s art and cultural competitions.
Tannaz's bachelor degree's thesis was on music therapy and she worked in music therapy sector for about two years.
Tannaz had performances with Tehran symphony orchestra, Pars Contemporary Orchestra and conducted the Arshe womens orchestra.
She has continued her studies in Canada, and she is a member of the
Paragon Singers choir and St. John’s church choir.