A santur (a 72-stringed instrument dating back to about 500 BC) player, composer and cultural bridge-builder, Amir Amiri presents a unique musical universe where ancient sources of inspiration, virtuosity and bold creativity meet. Surrounded by collaborators from the worlds of jazz, classical music and world music, Amir Amiri crosses genres and borders, bringing his ancient instrument into the musical conversations of our time.
Since 1996, Amir Amiri has toured (the Vares Classics Festival in Bosnia in September 2021, the Détours de Babel in France and WOMEX 2021 in Porto in October 2021) and collaborated with a wide range of ensembles.
He has created the Amir Amiri Ensemble, inspired by the fluidity of musical influences in Iran and characterized by the hypnotic presence of a whirling dervish; and The Ensemble Kimya, a collaboration between Montreal and Paris, which combines classical and contemporary music from Europe, the Middle East and India.
Also playing as a duo, he presented Perseides with double bassist Jean Félix Mailloux, as part of the National Arts Centre's Sounds of Persia: Canada's New Music Masters in 2018, where Amir Amiri was artistic director. His duo Moody Amiri with violist Richard Moody was praised by the CBC for its "captivating blend of Eastern and Western sensibilities."
Amir Amiri (Iran) is recipient of the Cité internationale des arts Music Committee.