ABOUT ANAHITA

“Anahita’s music is powerful, vigorous and consists of multiple layers. As it is also vivid from the titles of her works such as Dialogues, Situations, Distorted Attitudes, and etc; she investigates and gesticulate thoughts and feelings; At the same time it is manifestation/ observation of a scene or multiple scenes, which occur simultaneously; the content of which, however, never becomes more concrete, but remains delicate at the border. She has the tendency to take us with her music on a mystical, puzzling journey and leave us within our thoughts, to find out the “ending” ourselves.”…( Ernst. M. Binder)

Anahita Abbasi’s works have been performed around the world in various festivals such as: Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Ircam (Manifeste Academy), Matrix ( Experimental studio des SWR), Impuls festival, Time of music, Atlas festival and many others. In 2014, she received the work-scholarship from Experimentalstudio des SWR in Freiburg. A recipient of a 2015 Morton Gold ASCAP young composers award, Ms. Abbasi was also nominated in 2017 as the “women composers of our time” alongside Kaija Saariaho and Isabel Mundry. She is one of the founders of Schallfeld Ensemble in Graz, Austria.

Anahita Abbasi (b. 1985, Iran) graduated from the University of music and performing Arts Graz, Austria; where she studied music theory with Clemens Gadenstätter & composition with Beat Furrer and Pierluigi Billone; while working closely with Georges Aperghis, Franck Bedrossian and Philippe Leroux. Anahita is currently residing in San Diego and pursuing her Ph.D. in Composition with Rand Steiger at the University of California San Diego.

Her music has been featured in various worldwide festivals such as:

Turbulenzen – Festival für aktuelle interkulturelle Musik ( December 2017, Berlin, Germany)
Periferien festival ( November 2017, Oslo, Norway)
Shiraz Festival ( November 2017, Shiraz, Iran)
Klangspuren Festival ( September 2017, Schwaz, Austria)
BIFEM Festival ( September 2017, Bendigo, Australia)
Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival ( June 2017, Daegu, South Korea)
Mise-En Festival ( June 2017, New York)
SEMEC Festival 2017 ( April 2017, San Jose, San Diego, USA)
Tehran contemporary music Festival ( April 2017, Tehran, Iran)
The Essential Indexical – Bandcamp series ( April 2017, San Jose, USA)
Cairo Contemporary music festival ( March 2017, Cairo)
ICM Festival ( April 2016, San Diego, USA)
Vertixe Sonora Festival ( October 2016, Vigo, Spain)
Darmstadt Ferienkurse 2016 ( August 2016, Darmstadt, Germany)
Manifeste Academy IRCAM ( June 2016, Paris, France)
Tage Neuer Musik ( May 2016, Graz, Austria)
ICM Festival ( April 2016, San Diego, USA)
Archipel Festival (March 2015, Geneva, Switzerland)
Time of Music Festival ( June 2015, Viitasaari, Finnland)
Jeunesse Festival ( September 2015, Vienna, Austria)
Festival Carmelo Bernaola (November 2015, Spain)
CGAC, MUSIC AND ART. SONOROUS CORRESPONDENCES ( December 2015, Spain)
48th Dimitria Festival ( October 2013, Thessaloniki- Greece)
Matrix – Experimental studio des SWR ( 2012, 2013, Freiburg & Amsterdam)
Schoenberg center ( March 2013, Vienna, Austria)
Musik festivals and workshops (2012, 2013, 2014, Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan)
TIMF -Tongyeong International Music Festival ( 2012, South Korea)
Grachten festival (July 2012, Amsterdam , Netherlands)
Atlas festival ( August 20122, 2012, Amsterdam)
Impuls Festival (2009, 2011, Graz,Austria)

Her pieces have been performed a.o. by diverse Ensembles such as:

Mivos Quartet ( USA)
Offspring Ensemble ( Australia)
Quatuor Diotima( Finland)
Umeduo ( Basel, Iran, Norway)
Argonaut Quartet ( Australia)
Neuverband Ensemble ( Basel, Geneva)
Schallfeld Ensemble (Graz, Vienna )
Ensemble Reconsil( Vienna)
Calithumpian Consosrt ( San Diego)
Vertixe Sonora ( Spain)
Mise-En ensemble ( USA)
Platypus Ensemble ( Vienna)
Atlas Ensemble (Amsterdam)
Ensemble Omnibus (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, South Korea)
Ensemble Zeraffin (Amsterdam)
Dou Verso & Dou Bilitis (Amsterdam, diverse cities in Netherlands)
dissonArt Ensemble (Thessaloniki, Switzerland)
Ecce Ensmeble ( Boston)
Tamgram Trio( Spain)
Ensemble Black Pencil (Amsterdam)