Vocalis, Composer, Lyricist, Teacher

© Peter Philip


"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 (Schmieds Puls) 

"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

 

Golnar Shahyar is an Iranian/Canadian vocalist, performer, composer and lyricist who specialises in combining her musical roots with jazz and improvised music. After getting her bachelor degree in Biology in Toronto, Canada, she moved to Vienna in 2008 to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. 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. Her dedication to constantly create new cultural and musical dialogs in her work brought her many collaborations with various internationally renowned musicians both on stage as well as music production. As the lead singer of her bands, Sormeh, Choub, Gabbeh, Sehrang, Golnar & Mahan and her solo act GOLNAR, she has co-produced and published four CDs, has won many nominations and been selected by NASOM program 6 years in the row to represent Austrian music scene world wide. 

In addition to concerts, she also did many collaborations in dance productions as performer/composer, has collaborated with Volkstheater Wien as actor/composer, and has been invited as workshop/musical director in "Female Voice of Iran Festival" (Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin), "Common Sound Festival" (Deutsche Oper Berlin), "Carneval of Fear Festival". Being for almost 10 years in the field of music, performance and education, Golnar Shahyar is considered to be a multifaceted musician who has put dialog, personal expression and storytelling at the core of her artistic work. 

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. 

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.

 

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

Internation Tours: US Tour, Canada Tour, Japan Tour, Iran Tour, Europ Tour, etc. 

Workshops//Festivals:

2019 // "Common Sound Festival" - BERLIN (GER)

Position: Workshop Director, Singer

A Production by DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN 


2018 // "Female Voice of Iran Festival" - BERLIN (GER)

Position: Coach & Musical Director

A production by ZEITGENÖSSISCHE OPER BERLIN


2017 // "Stimme, Sound & Vielfältigkeit”, LINZ (A)

Position: Workshop Director 

In cooperaion with CARNEVAL OF FEAR FESTIVAL 


2016 // "Voice Workshop", TEHRAN (IR)

Position: Workshop Director

In cooperation with HATRA MUSIC SCHOOL


Monthly voice workshops // VIENNA (A)

Position: Workshop Director

In cooperation with BRUNNENPASSAGE WIEN

 

Theater//Dance//Performance:

2019 // "ROJAVA" (Theater Production)

Position: Composer, Actor, Musician

A theater producion by VOLKSTHEATER WIEN


2019 //" Ganymed In Love" 

Position: Singer, Performer

A production by JACUELINE KORNMÜLLER in cooperation with KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM WIEN


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

A produciton by TANZLABOR LABYRINTH


2013 // "FALLING UP" (Dance Production) 

Position: Singer

A produciton by TANZLABOR LABYRINTH


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

Position: Singer

A produciton by TANZLABOR LABYRINTH