Iman Habibi Named a 2022 Laureate of the Azrieli Music Prizes

The Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) has named Iman Habibi as a 2022 Laureate. As part of this, Iman receives AMP’s Commission for Jewish Music. The Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music is open to composers worldwide with the aim of encouraging creative and critical engagement with the question
‘What is Jewish Music?’ A commissioning prize of $50,000 CAD is awarded biennially to the composer who proposes a response to this question that displays the utmost artistry, technical mastery and professional expertise.

Iman Habibi will be writing a 20-minute piece for a soloist singing in the traditional Persian style, and orchestra on poetry by the 14th century Judeo-Persian poet, Shahin Shirazi.

This piece will be premiered by Orchestre Métropolitain, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, at the AMP Gala Concert in mid- to late-October 2022. It will also be given two subsequent international premieres and recorded and released on the Analekta label.

From left to right: Rita Ueda (Recipient of AMP Commission for Canadian Music), Sharon Azrieli, Iman Habibi at the Azrieli Music Awards 2021, at Sofitel, Montreal, Canada : images by Danylo Bobyk Studios