Peyman Farzinpour

Associate Professor
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Courses Taught
  • Career Highlights
    • Artistic director and conductor of ENSEMBLE / PARALLAX in Providence, Rhode Island
    • Former conductor in residence with Opera Cabal
    • Former artistic director and conductor of Erato Philharmonia and Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Guest conducting appearances with the ACME, Cygnus, mdi, and Divertimento ensembles, as well as the New Music Ensemble of the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel in Paris, the Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra, Congress Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Banff Chamber Orchestra, and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, among others
    • Compositions commissioned/performed by the mdi Ensemble, Cygnus Ensemble, Janus Ensemble, the June in Buffalo Chamber Orchestra, and the St. Matthews Chamber Orchestra, among others
    • Featured composer, Domaine Forget (Quebec, Canada)
  • Awards
    • Awarded first place by ASCAP/Chamber Music America for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music for music series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    • Recipient of a Berklee Faculty Development Grant
    • Recipient of a Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Grant
    • Recipient of a grant from the American Composers Forum
  • Education
    • B.M., Peabody Conservatory of Music
    • B.A., Johns Hopkins University
    • Postgraduate studies and degree, Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado in Milan, Italy,¬†conducting
    • M.A., University of California-Davis

In Their Own Words

"I like my classes and individual lessons to be both rigorous and laid back. It's important for students to learn the material at a high level, yet have fun doing so and not feel overwhelmed. Whether teaching composition, conducting, or harmony and counterpoint, it's important for me that students come away with a strong command of technique, so that they may be able to express themselves musically in their own voice. Berklee is an incredible and unique place for the fact that there are thousands of students and faculty members, representing a vast range of backgrounds and music genres, interacting with one another regularly. You'd be hard-pressed to find another musical institution as eclectic as Berklee."

"Having done postgraduate studies in Italy, my approach in teaching is in many ways coming from the European model where there's a strong emphasis on understanding standard/traditional repertoire, yet always pushing the envelope towards new directions with avant-garde music. Also, owing to my background in jazz and rock, alongside classical music, I don't hesitate to give examples of music in all those genres when teaching."