Violinist, conductor, educator and scholar, Iman Khosrowpour enjoys a unique and richly diversified career. Iman made his concerto debut with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra at the age of sixteen, and has performed as soloist in Japan, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Brazil, Canada and throughout the United States. As a recipient of the highly competitive Orchestra Fellowship at Aspen Music Festival, he has played under the direction of maestros James Levine, Alan Gilbert, David Robertson, David Zinman and Hugh Wolf. In 2000 he had the distinct honor of being chosen to perform at a private event for former U.S. President Bill Clinton at New England Conservatory and has performed extensively with Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Albany Symphony Orchestra, with several commercially released with both ensembles. In 2013 Iman made his European debut  the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Czech Virtuosi in Brno, Czech Republic. In 2017 he performed Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Ensemble Wienklang at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria.

 

In 2014 Iman became Artistic Director and Conductor of the Irvine Valley College Symphony Orchestra, annually leading several concerts there, often performing as soloist with the orchestra and with the chamber ensemble he founded, The Ill-Tempered Chamber Players. He made his conducting debut at the renowned Renée and Henry Segerstrom Hall in Orange County, California in 2016 and continues to develop his conducting career concurrent with performance and teaching. In demand as an orchestra clinician, he regularly works with middle and high school orchestras throughout Orange County. Upcoming engagements include the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association Middle School Honors Symphony Orchestra at their annual conference in January 2020, followed by the Capistrano Unified School District Honors High School Symphony Orchestra concert at Segerstrom Hall in February 2020. He is a member of the Conductors Guild and has mentored under John Koshak and Markand Thakar.

In a never-ending quest for knowledge and constant yearning to discover new paths, in 2006 Iman entered Harvard University’s competitive Regional Studies in East Asia Master of Arts program, where he studied Japanese language, history, architecture, and music under the mentorship of noted scholar Mikael Adolphson. From 2007 to 2008 he attended the InterUniversity Center for Advanced Japanese Studies in Yokohama, Japan for intensive language and culture immersion. While pursuing his summer research Iman worked as a translator for the Saito Kinen Matsumoto Festival led by Seiji Ozawa. Upon returning to Harvard for his final year of study he received the Joseph Fletcher Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduation Thesis, writing on the film music of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu. He returns to Japan annually to perform in recital as well as give orchestra clinics.

 

Iman returned to his hometown of Irvine, California in 2010, and has rapidly become a much sought after teacher and performer. Deeply committed to education, he maintains an active private teaching studio and has taught at the Orange County School for the Arts. Currently he is instructor of violin and viola at Irvine Valley College, teaches music history and conducts the symphony orchestra. His students have gone on to study at such fine institutions as Northwestern University, Chapman University and California State University Long Beach (CSULB). They have served as  concertmasters and members of several top regional youth ensembles, including Irvine, All Southern and All State California Honors Orchestras, Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra and Orange County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra; performed in colleges ensembles such as Irvine Valley College Symphony Orchestra, Chapman University Symphony Orchestra and CSULB Symphony Orchestra; performed in internationally renowned venues including  Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and Segerstrom Hall; as well as been winners of international and regional competitions. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Irvine Music Festival and former President and Chair of Strings Division of the Musical Arts Competition of Orange County.

 

Iman was born in Tehran, Iran and immigrated to the United States when he was two years old. He began violin studies at age of eleven and quickly displayed promise, only two years later becoming a student of Erick Friedman, prized pupil of Jascha Heifetz. He graduated from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Rice University, and New England Conservatory, and counts among his major teachers Mr. Friedman, William R. Kennedy, Sylvia Rosenberg, Kathleen Winkler and Masuko Ushioda. He has also performed in masterclasses for Zakhar Bron, Alexander Treger, Joseph Silverstein, and Koichiro Harada, as well as studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard, Orion, and Borromeo string quartets.

 

Iman plays on a 1919 Romeo Antoniazzi violin and bow by André Vigneron.

©2017 by Iman Khosrowpour