"As strongly influenced by his native country’s idiom yet also undeniably informed by classical training and the world of academic new music — a healthy balance." -SF Classical Voice

"It's not an experience easily forgotten!" -Financial Times on String Quartet No.3; A Threnody for Those Who Remain

"Aminikia has begun to cultivate his own unique voice through which his personal experiences and memories have been refracted" -SF Examiner

"Fabulous, colorful and persuasive" -John Adams

Photography: Matthew Washburn - Sahba Aminikia Music © 2008-2014


Composer and pianist Sahba Aminikia is foremost an artist, whose view of the arts as one inseparable entity informs his broad body of work.

Born in 1981 in Tehran, Iran Aminikia studied music composition in Russia at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory under Boris Ivanovich Tishchenko, a post-graduate student of Dimitry Shostakovich. In his homeland, Aminikia studied under renowned Iranian pianists Nikan Milani, Safa Shahidi and Gagik Babayan. He was perhaps most influenced by work with his first teacher and renown composer , Dr. Mehran Rouhani, a post-graduate of Royal Academy of Music and former student of Sir Michael Tippett. Aminikia currently lives and studies in the United States, forging a unique creative path through cultural boundaries and continuing to learn from other's musical concepts.

He holds a BM and MM from San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Dan Becker, David Garner and David Conte where he was the proud recipient of Phyllis Wattis Foundation scholarship. He has also received lessons from Conrad Susa, Richard Danielpour, John Corigliano and has been in a recent master class with John Adams.

In his work, Aminikia draws influence from jazz, Russian contemporary composition and, most importantly to him, the traditional melodies of Iran. These he increasingly incorporates into his original musical language, relying on them to establish a grounded voice in the vast world of contemporary music.

He is the recipient of many various commissions from theatre troops to concert music ensembles, Persian traditional music groups to jazz bands including Kronos Quartet, Parnassus Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory of Music New Music Ensemble, Mobius Trio, Delphi Trio and Living Earth Show and has collaborated with artists such as Rashin Fahandej and Taraneh Hemami and sees these as opportunities to further establish a unique communication between himself and international audiences.

His third string quartet ,"A Threnody for Those Who Remain", commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Kronos Performing Arts Association was described by Financial Times as “An experience not to be easily forgotten”.

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