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Sahba Aminikia

San Francisco, CA            

Sahba Aminikia is an independent composer and educator who believes in music to be a catalyst for change. Born in post-revolutionary wartime in Iran, Aminikia has been highly influenced by the poetry of Hafiz, Rumi, and Saadi, as well as traditional, classical and jazz music and the albums of Pink Floyd, Beatles, and Queen. A conscientious soul, due to his upbringing, he attempts at finding a common understanding of communication and dialogue through music. And, as a result, throughout his career, he has composed pieces that express the inevitability and triumph of hope.

Aminikia has been trained in musical composition under revered Iranian pianists such as Nikan Milani, Safa Shahidi, and Mehran Rouhani. He later relocated to Russia where he studied at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory under Boris Ivanovich Tishchenko. He received his Bachelor of Music and his Master of Music with honors from San Francisco Conservatory of Music under David Garner and David Conte where he was the proud recipient of Phyllis Wattis Foundation scholarship. He has also received individuals lessons in life and in music from David Harrington, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Conrad Susa, Luciano Chessa, John Corigliano, and Oswaldo Golijov as well.


Today, Aminikia collaborates with other artists to create and compose meaningful work. His musical pieces have been widely performed in United States, Canada, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Ecuador, France, Italy, Poland, China, Greece, Turkey and Israel and at venues such Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Le Poisson Rouge, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF Exploratorium, SFJAZZ, and Saint Anne’s Warehouse.


He has been the artist-in-residence at Kronos Festival 2017, an annual festival held by legendary Kronos Quartet at San Francisco SFJAZZ throughout which ten of his works including four new pieces were performed. Aminikia is also the Artistic Director for Flying Carpet Festival, a mobile music festival that serves children in need in war zones. He also serves as the Musical Director for Sirkhane, a non-profit organization based in Mardin, Southern Turkey which serves around 400,000 children through

An Iranian-born Composer Bridges Worlds in Extreme Times | KQED Arts

A refugee from Iran, Aminikia brings together the voices of Afghan students and the San Francisco Girls Chorus, interwoven with the four string voices of the Kronos Quartet. For more: goo.gl/DCVKeq

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Sound Only Sound Remains (2015) – Sahba Aminikia – Kronos Quartet and San Francisco Girls Chorus

Performed by: Kronos Quartet and San Francisco Girls Chorus
Feb 5, 2016, SFJAZZ, San Francisco

Featuring: Ouldooz Pouri, Mina Momeni and Loreta Hayrapetia
Contributors: Forough Farrokhzad, Roohangiz, Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmei, Tara Tiba, Nazli Rahmanian

Since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran women are not allowed to sing publicly according to the Islamic code. Their voice have never been broadcasted on radio and television and they are not allowed to release any records. The only occasion that their voices can be heard is when they sing as ba

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Taro Pood (Warp & Weft) (2014) – Kronos Quartet – Sahba Aminikia

Taro Pood (Warp & Weft) (2014)
Performance from the premiere of the piece by Kronos Quartet at Switchboard Festival 2014, Brava Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Visuals by: Vafa Khatami

Commissioned by: Nasrin Marzban and Iranian Cultural Community of Ann Arbor

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