Lucy and Jacob Frank Fellow
“As an Iranian-Canadian living in a time of extreme political sensitivity, I see it upon myself to foster better dialogue and raise cultural awareness among various ethnic groups with which I am associated. I consider myself an activist, and am interested in writing and studying music that engages with the human rights and environmental issues of our time… I’d like to view myself as a cultural ambassador, able to show that the East and the West, however much different, can meet in a great work of art.”
— Iman Habibi
Iman Habibi, D.M.A. (Michigan), is an Iranian-Canadian composer and pianist, and a founding member of the piano duo ensemble, Piano Pinnacle.
Hailed as “a giant in talent” (the Penticton Herald), Dr. Habibi has been commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Orchestra of St. Luke's, and collaborated with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, JACK Quartet, Chiara String Quartet, Del Sol String Quartet, and The Calidore String Quartet, and has been programmed by Carnegie Hall, The Marilyn Horne Foundation, New York Festival of Song, The Canadian Opera Company, and Tapestry New Opera, among others.
His awards include multiple wins at the SOCAN Foundation’s Awards, The International Composers’ Award at the Esoterics’ POLYPHONOS (2012), The Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards for Emerging Artist in Music (2011), Brehm Prize in Choral Music (2016), as well as numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and BC Arts Council.