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"Golnar is a millennium voice. The only voice that ever moved me to tears when I saw her live. Every single note she sings contains incredible magic." - Mira Lu Kovacs

"Instant admirer of Golnar s many talents" - Colin Bass

"A courageous and powerful woman whose art overcomes boundaries in the truest way possible." SUSANNE GRADL (MDW – Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien)

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

"An artist, improviser, and storyteller whose mesmerizing voice connects all these dots together." - ZH Magazine

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

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

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

"For the exceptional singer Golnar Shahyar, it seemed that her performance knows no vocal limitations. Along with traditional melodies of the middle eastern region, her vocals repeatedly acted through improvised lines as an additional instrument, adding to Wahba and Mirarab s terminology, a picturesque spectrum of emotions with a perfect measure of contemplative harmonies. It is amazing how flexible this singer develops on stage and how ubiquitous she is with her expressive frenzy, as well as her incredible grace and longing. Her vocal performance took over the focus of the concert, and the audience was stunned by her picturesque vocal brilliance." - rockline.si










2021 Jazz’halo Interview - A Conversation With Golnar Shahyar

2021 چهره‌ها: گلنار شهیار

2021 Alumna im Fokus: Golnar Shahyar

2021 Van-Outernational Magazine 

2020 Words In Pants Interview


2019 ZH Magazine 

2019 Zvuk for Modra Festival

2018 گلنار شهیار: روایت زن و بدن و موسیقی جاز

2018 به زندگی من خوش آمدید - گلنار شهیار




Golnar Shahyar is an Iranian/Canadian vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and lyricist based in Vienna and Berlin. She is considered to be one of the most innovative and creative performers and songwriters of her generation, whose work is redefining the mainstream sonic identities and perceptions of modern and contemporary musical storytelling. Her incredible grace and longing, combined with the expressive frenzy of her singing together with her playful approach to improvisation, are Shahyar s unique musical signatures. A true master vocalist whose ability to combine different music styles and cultures is so natural and effortless that one hardly notices the complexity of her compositions and singing. Her hypnotic performances create an atmosphere where authenticity, vulnerability, and empathy are celebrated as strengths. After getting her bachelor s degree in Biology in Toronto, Canada, she moved to Vienna in 2008 to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. 

Her international career took off quickly while finishing her bachelor s degree in singing, music education, and guitar performance at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. She is the bandleader and lead singer of her previous bands SORMEH (Austrian World Music Nominenee, European Worl Music Charts, NASOM selection), CHOUB (NASOM selection), SEHRANG as well as her currently active bands GABBEHGOLNAR & MAHAN TRIO  (WOMEX 2020 Selection, NASOM selection) and GolNar. Her dedication to continually creating new cultural and musical dialog in her work brought her many collaborations with various internationally renowned musicians such as Erkan Ogur and Alain Perez, both on stage and in music productions as well as solo performances with ORF Radio Symphonie OrchestraTONKÜNSTLER-ORCHESTER and Trickster Orchestra.

Being for almost 10 years in music, performance, and education, Golnar Shahyar is considered to be a multifaceted musician who has put quality, dialog, personal expression, storytelling, and advocating social justice at the core of her artistic work. 




2013 Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äußeres der Republik Österreich: Nominierung für NASOM – The New Austrian Sound of Music 2014/2015 (mit Choub)

2013 Österreichischer Musikfonds - Sormeh

2014 Austrian World Music Awards - Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik – IGNM Österreich: Finalistin (mit Sormeh)

2015 Austrian World Music Awards - Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik – IGNM Österreich: Finalistin (mit Mahan Mirarab Band)

2015 Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äußeres der Republik Österreich: Nominierung für NASOM – The New Austrian Sound of Music 2016/2017 (mit Sormeh)

2017 Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äußeres der Republik Österreich: Nominierung für NASOM – The New Austrian Sound of Music 2018/2019 (mit Golnar & Mahan)

2017 Österreichischer Musikfonds - Golnar & Mahan 

2020 Golnar & Mahan Trio - WOMEX 2020 Official Showcase Selection

2021 Golnar & Mahan Trio - Global Toronto 2021 Official Showcase Selection

2021 Österreichischer Musikfonds - GolNar




As performer and composer Golnar Shahyar also collaborated in various dance and theatre productions with Volkstheater WienTheaterkollektiv HybridWiner Konzerthaus  (Jeunesse), Vienna Art History Museum (Wenn Es Soweit Ist Productions), and Tanzlabor Labyrinth Productions and was invited as music/workshop director in festivals such as "Common Sound Festival" (Deutsche Oper Berlin) and "Female Voice of Iran Festival" (Zeitgenößische Oper Berlin). 


2020 //Ein Staatenloser - Einblicke In Die Festung Europa 

Position: Composer, Vocalist, Performer

A production by Theaterkollektiv Hybrid in cooperation with WERKX - Petersplatz

2020 //"GANYMED IN POWER" (Performance Production) 

Position: Singer, Performer, Composer

A production by "WENN ES SOWEIT IST" Productions in cooperation with KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM WIEN

2019 // "ROJAVA" (Theater Production)

Position: Composer, Actor, Musician

A theatre production by VOLKSTHEATER WIEN

2019 //"GANYMED IN LOVE" (Performance Production)

Position: Singer, Performer, Composer

A production by "WENN ES SO WEIT IST" productions in cooperation with KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM WIEN

2017 //"FREMDKÖRPER" (Dance Production) 

Position: Composer, Performer, Singer, Guitarist

A production by Tanzlabor Labyrinth

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

Position: Singer, Composer, Actor

A production 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





Shahyar is the co-founder of WE:Shape, a platform aiming to advocate and promote fair pay and equity in the music industry and education focusing in German-speaking countries. 

Shahyar has been part of the artistic team of Kultursommer Wien 2020 & 2021 to put together a festival which involves almost 2000 artists of the Viennese performance and literature scene. 

In addition, in a joint collaboration between Brunnenpassage and Musikverein Wien, Shahyar co-developed a concept to be curated as a series of events in Musikverein Wien 2022/23 season. The main focus of these events is to give visibility to the vibrant and diverse Viennese music scene and to make music institutions such as Musikverein Wien, culturally a more inclusive and accessible place for everyone in the city. 

As an advocate of equity and justice in the music industry, Shahyar was also invited in various panel discussions such as Podiumsdiskussion "Würde – Freiheit – Gerechtigkeit" at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Gate of Tehran FestivalKlangmanifesteEmruz Festival, to discuss the future of music and arts in our post-migrant society. 





2021 // "Wien Dreht Auf" Festival - Kultursommer 2020 - Vienna (A)

Position: Artistic Team (Curating Team) 

Organised by Stadt Wien Marketing 

2021 // Teaching vocals at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

2020 // "Wien Dreht Auf" Festival - Kultursommer 2020 - Vienna (A)

Position: Artistic Team (Curating Team)

Organised by Stadt Wien Marketing 

2020 // "Musikwerkstatt Workshop" - KREMS (A) !!!Canceled due to Pandemic!!!

Position: Workshop Director

In cooperation with GLATT & VERKEHRT FESTIVAL 

2020 //"Winterferien-Musiklabor" - BERLIN (GER)

Position: Workshop Director

In cooperation with DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN

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

Position: Workshop Director, Singer


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

Position: Coach & Musical Director


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

Position: Workshop Director 

In cooperation 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





Keith Lockhart (Boston Pops Orchestra), Gabriel Yared, ORF Radiosymphonie Orchestra, Trickster Orchestra, The World of Hans Zimmer France Tour 2021 (Solist), Erkan Ogur, Alain Perez, Mahan Mirarab, Wolfgang Puschnig, Pedro Eustache, Juan Garcias Herreros, Rusanda Panfili, Marie Spaemann, Pavel Urkize, Cymin Samavatian, Martin Stegner, Natasha Mirkovic, Christof Dienz, Basma Jabr, Orwa Saleh, Eliane Correa, 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, Oskar Antoli, etc.




Berliner Philharnomie, Konzerthaus Wien, Musikverein Wien, Burgtheater Wien, Wiener Festwochen, Wien Modern, Wiener Festwochen Eröffnung, JazzFest Wien, Jazz & the City Salzburg, JazzFest Saalfelden, Rudolfstadt Festival, Südtirol JazzFest, Novi Saad Jazz Festival, Tonlagen II, Felix Festival der Kölner Philharmonie, Female Voice of Iran Festival, Hollywood in Vienna, Hans Zimmer France & Saudi Arabia Tour (Solist), Burgtheater Wien, Volkstheater Wien, Gorki Theater Berlin, Porgy & Bess, Sunset Sunside Jazz Club, A-Trane...