Violinist, conductor, educator and scholar, Iman Khosrowpour’s career is uniquely and richly diversified.  He has toured and given concerts in Japan, Germany, Czech Republic, Canada, Brazil, and throughout the United States. He made his European concert debut performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in Brno, Czech Republic. Committed to encouraging new music, he gave the world premiere of the Violin Concerto by Daniel Luzko in Asunción, Paraguay. He performed Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 at the renowned Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria. As a recipient of the highly competitive Orchestra Fellowship at Aspen Music Festival, he has performed under the direction of maestros James Levine, Alan Gilbert, David Robertson, David Zinman and Hugh Wolf. In 2000 Khosrowpour had the distinct honor of being chosen to perform at a private event for U.S. President Bill Clinton at New England Conservatory. He has performed extensively with the Grammy Award-winning Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

 

Iman is much sought after teacher and performer in his hometown of Irvine, California. A passionate educator, he maintains a successful private teaching studio and has taught at the prestigious Orange County School for the Arts. His students have been concertmasters and members of the Irvine, All-Southern and All-State California Honors Orchestras, Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra and Orange County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, as well as winners of international and regional competitions. They have gone on to study at Princeton, Columbia, Northwestern and Chapman Universities, and California State University Long Beach, and have performed at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and Segerstrom Hall. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Irvine Music Festival, an international summer training program which attracts world-class faculty and guest artists.

 

Iman is conductor of the Symphony Orchestra at Irvine Valley College (IVC) and annually leads several concerts there, often performing as soloist with the orchestra and the small ensemble he founded, The Ill-Tempered Chamber Players. He has coached the orchestras at Concordia and Brandeis Universities. He made his conducting debut at the renowned Segerstrom Hall in Orange County, California in 2016 and continues to develop his conducting career concurrent with violin and teaching. In high demand throughout the Southern California region as an orchestra clinician, Iman has conducted several esteemed top regional youth orchestras, including the Irvine and Capistrano Unified School District High School Honors Orchestras at Segerstrom Hall and the All-Southern Middle School Honor Middle School Orchestra at the Southern California School, Band and Orchestra Association Conference.

As a violinist Iman gives annual recitals at IVC and is active as a performer throughout Southern California. He has performed on film soundtracks in Hollywood and performs annually on Chapman University’s Holocaust Remembrance events. He is a frequent recitalist in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan. He has given violin and orchestra classes in Germany, South Korea and Japan.

 

In addition to his music accomplishments, Iman earned a Master of Arts degree from Harvard University's highly competitive Regional Studies in East Asian studies program. He attended the Inter-University Center for Advanced Japanese Studies in Yokohama, Japan on full scholarship from the United States government's  Foreign Language and Area Studies program, and as a recipient of a grant from the Edwin O. Reischauer Foundation he also conducted summer research as a translator for the Saito Kinen Matsumoto Festival led by Seiji Ozawa. Iman received Harvard’s esteemed Joseph Fletcher Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduation Thesis, writing on the film music of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.

Born in Tehran, Iran and immigrating to the United States when he was two years old, Iman 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 made his concerto debut with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra at the age of sixteen. A graduate of the Peabody Institute, Rice University, and New England Conservatory, he counts among his major teachers Mr. Friedman, William R. Kennedy, Sylvia Rosenberg, Kathleen Winkler and Masuko Ushioda. He 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.

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