Kiana Shafiei - Concert Pianist

Kiana Shafiei  is a pianist currently undertaking the MPhil/PhD  in Performance degree at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with the supervision of Dr. David Horne and Dr. Stephen Savage. She obtained her Master degree in piano performance  at Royal College of  Music in London where she studied piano with professor John Byrne. 

She started her piano studies at the age of six with Professor Gagik Babayan and later on with Professor Peyman Yazdanian. In 2012  she received her Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honors from Tehran University, College of Music and Drama under the guidance of professor Raphael Minaskanian with whom she studied with from 2007 to 2012. Kiana has performed in many venues across the UK, Italy, Austria, Portugal and Middle-East.

She is the recipient of several awards including the 1st Prize of Fajr Music Festival (Iran), the 1st Prize of the 12th Luigi Zanuccoli International Competition (Italy), the Excellence Award with full scholarship at Tehran University, and others. 

She has taken part in numerous national and international festivals and masterclasses given by outstanding pianists such as Michel Béroff, Philippe Cassard, Boris Berman (Yale School of Music), Luiz de Moura Castro (Hartt School of Music), Paul Badura-Skoda, Andrew Zolinsky, Andrew Ball, Julian Jacobson, Ian Jones, Gottlieb Wallisch, Tamara Dolidze and others.

In addition to her performance activities Kiana is an active researcher. Her recent research activities include a lecture-recital given at Royal College of Music for the Nava Music Festival in December 2014. She has studied with renowned UK researchers such as Dr. Ingrid E. Pearson, Dr. Amy Blier-Carruthers and Dr. Aaron Williamon. She is the co-founder of the Iranian Music Heritage Movement organization.

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