Vocalis, Composer, Lyricist, Teacher

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"If you have read Carson Makers, Alice Manro, Flannery O Connor and - why not! - Virginia Wulf, then the Iranian diva Golnar Shahyar maybe your favorite new heroine." - Danas Newspaper

"When Golnar Sings, the sun rises." - Mira Lu Kovacs 

"With a voice full of nuances and her hypnotic presence on stage, Golnar Shahyar has everything necessary for a great singer." - Ernst Perbin-Vogl

"When Golnar Shahyar sings, you can easily forget everything else around..." - Helmut Jasper (Radio Ö1) 

"The hypnotic polyphonic weave of voice Golnar Shahyar, her guitar or piano, takes place so naturally as a floating story about the diversity of life, crossing her fondling fingers over your mind and heart." - Danas Newspaper


Born and raised in Tehran/Iran at the time of Iran-Iraq war, Golnar Shahyar is a vocalist, performer, composer and lyricist who specialises in combining her musical roots with jazz and improvised music. Starting relatively late in the field of music, she has managed to reach the international stages and festivals within a very short time. Parallel to her performances she finished her studies in voice and music education, minoring guitar performance, at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. As the lead singer of her bands, Sormeh, Choub, Gabbeh, Sehrang, Golnar & Mahan and her solo act GOLNAR, she has won many nominations and was selected by NASOM program, 6 years in the row to represent Austrian music scene world wide. In addition to concerts, She did many collaborations in the field of theatre and dance and has been invited as workshop/musical director in festivals such as Female Voice of Iran, Common Sound (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Carneval of Fear Festival, etc. Her dedication to constantly create new cultural and musical dialogs in her work brought her many collaborations with various internationally renowned musicians in the field of  performance as well as music production. As a transcultural artist, Golnar has also been invited as one of the speakers in the "Tag der Menschenrechte" at the university of Music and Performing Arts Vienna to discuss human rights in the context of culture. So far she produced and published four albums with her bands Sormeh, Choub, Sehrang and Golnar & Mahan and is now working on new material for her solo album. 

Credits: Erkan Ogur, Alain Perez, Mahan Mirarab, Wolfgang Puschnig, Pavel Urkize, Cymin Samavatian, Martin Stegner, Natasha Mirkovic, Basma Jabr, Lana Cencic, Hadar Noiberg, Haggai Cohen Milo, Luis Verra, Alegre Correa, Alex Simu, Manu Mayr, Mona Matbou Riahi, Sakina Teyna, Krzysztof Dobrek, Ariel Ramirez Barrera, Efe Türümtey, Rina Kaçinari, Basma Jabr, Orwa Salah, Oskar Antoli, etc.


Festivals and venue highlights: Berliner Philharnomie, Konzerthaus Wien, Musikverein Wien, Jazz Fest Wien, Jazz & the City, JazzFest Saalfelden, Rudolfstadt Jazz Festival, Porgy & Bess, Sunset Sunside Jazz Club, A-Trane, etc. 



Workshop Director // Common Sound (Deutsche Oper), BERLIN (2019)

Coach & Musical Director // Female Voice of Iran Festival, BERLIN (2018)

Workshop Director // "Stimme, Sound & Vielfältigkeit”, Carneval of Fear Festival, LINZ (2017) 

Workshop Director // Hatra Music School, TEHRAN (2016)

Monthly voice workshops // Brunnenpassage, VIENNA


2019 // "ROJAVA" (Theater Production)

Position: Composer, Actor, Musician

A theater producion by VOLKSTHEATER WIEN

2019 // Kunsthistorisches Museum, VIENNA

Position: Singer, Performer

2017 // "FREMDKÖRPER" (Dance Production) 

Position: Composer, Performer, Singer, Guitarist

A produciton by Tanzlabor Labyrinth

2017 // "TRIOLINO" (Children’s Musical) 

Position: Singer, Composer, Actor

A produciont by JEUNESSE in cooperation with WIENER KONZERTHAUS


2014 // "SEVEN CITIES OF LOVE" (Dance Production)

Position: Singer


2013 // "FALLING UP" (Dance Production) 

Position: Singer


2010 // "CALL FOR FREEDOM" (Dance Production) 

Position: Singer