Full Biography

Iman Habibi, DMA (Michigan 2017), MMUS (UBC 2010), BMUS (UBC 2008), is an award-winning composer and pianist. Mr. Habibi is currently studying towards his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Michigan, under the supervision of composers Bright Sheng, Michael Daugherty, and Evan Chambers.

Hailed as “a giant in talent” (the Penticton Herald) Iman’s music has been performed by a number of noted ensembles and performers such as musica intima, The Standing Wave Ensemble, The Vancouver Bach Choir, The Prince George Symphony Orchestra, DaCapo Chamber Choir, cellist Jonah Kim, soprano Simone Osborne, tenor Keith Klassen, baritone Peter McGillivray,  soprano Carla Huhtanen, mezzo-soprano Kimberly Barber, and pianists Carrie-Ann Matheson, and Liz Upchurch among others, and has been workshopped by The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Aventa ensemble, The Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, and Drosera ensemble. Iman Habibi’s music and performances are heard regularly across the world, in cities such as New York, London, Paris, Oslo, Bucharest, Toronto, Tehran, Nashville, Ottawa, and Vancouver.  His Music has been programmed by prestigious concert organizations such as The Marilyn Horne Foundation and The New York Festival of Song (New York), The Canadian Opera Company and Tapestry New Opera (Toronto), Vox Novus (New York), Atlantic Music Festival (Maine), the BCScene Festival (Ottawa), and the Powell Street Festival (Vancouver).

He has received numerous awards including First Prize at the SOCAN Foundation’s Awards for Young Audio Visual Composers for two consecutive years (2011-2012), University of Michigan's Brehm Prize, The International Composers' Award at the Esoterics Competition (2012), and The Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards for Emerging Artist in Music (2011).  He also received second prize at the 2008 Vancouver Bach Choir’s national Competition for Large Choir Works for his work “Erroneous Kudos,” and first prize for his work “Black Riders” at the 2009 Guelph Chamber Choir’s national competition. His music and interviews are broadcast regularly on radios across North America, such as CBC radio one, CBC radio two (Canada), and WQXR (New  York). Iman was the inaugural composer-in-residence with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, and has received numerous commissions from orchestras, choirs and soloists across Canada and the United States such as The Prince George Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, Esoterics, Vancouver Peace Choir, Redshift Music Society, Soprano Simone Osborne, among others. He completed his Masters degree at the University of British Columbia under the instruction of Dorothy Chang. Other teachers include Jeffrey Ryan, and Stephen Chatman. Mr. Habibi is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre, and is represented by SOCAN in Canada.

As a pianist, Iman has had the privilege of working with many great musicians, ensembles, and orchestras, He has appeared as a piano soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Camerata, and Dexter Community Orchestra. He was commissioned by the Prince George Symphony Orchestra to compose and premiere his piano concerto in Canada, and later played the same work with the Atlantic Music Festival’s Orchestra in the United States. Iman was a finalist at the Inaugural Knigge National Piano Competition, and is well-known for his collaborations with pianist Deborah Grimmett. The two pianists formed a duo, Piano Pinnacle, in 2010, which won first prize at the United States International Duo Piano Competition, and second prize at the North West International Piano Ensemble Competition, and has twice attained the audience choice award at the latter.