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Sahba Aminikia (Persian: صهبا امینی کیا) (born August 27, 1981) is an Iranian-American contemporary music composer, artistic director, performer and educator. Born and raised in Tehran and based in San Francisco, California,[1] his musical compositions have been widely performed around the world by contemporary classical ensembles orchestras, and bands, including Kronos Quartet, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Mahsa Vahdat, International Contemporary Ensemble, Carnegie Hall Ensemble Connect, Symphony Parnassus, Ensemble Elefant, ZOFO Duet, San Francisco Conservatory of Music New Music Ensemble, Mobius Trio, Delphi Trio, Amaranth Quartet, Living Earth Show, One Found Sound, and Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Aminikia is the founder and the artistic director of Flying Carpet Festival, a performing arts festival for children in war zones.
Sahba Aminikia has been trained in musical composition under Iranian pianists Nikan Milani, Safa Shahidi, Gagik Babayan, and perhaps most influenced by work with his first composition teacher, Mehran Rouhani, a graduate of Royal Academy of Music and a former student of Sir Michael Tippett. He later relocated to St. Petersburg, Russia where he studied music composition at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory under Boris Tishchenko, a life-time student of Dmitri Shostakovich. He also has received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music with honors at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with David Garner, David Conte, Daniel J. Becker, and Conrad Susa. He has also received lessons from Richard Danielpour, Osvaldo Golijov, John Corigliano, and John Adams (composer). During his graduate studies at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Aminikia was the proud recipient of Phylliis C. Wattis Foundation scholarship

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