Mazdak Khamda

Instructor: Piano, Computer Applications in Music, Compositing on the Computer, Applied Piano

Mazdak Khamda was born in Tehran Iran, and had his first piano lesson at the age of eleven. He began to pursue music as a career in 1992.

Mazdak holds a Bachelors of Music degree in piano performance from University of the Pacific, and a Masters of Music degree in piano pedagogy from University of Oregon. Some of Mazdak’s instructor’s have included Frank Wiens, and Dean Kramer in piano; Kurt Erickson and Clark Suprynowicz in composition; and S.M. Clark in harmony and counterpoint. A recipient of such awards as The Music Teachers Association Scholarship (1993), University of the Pacific Music Scholarship (1994), and a Graduate Fellowship from University of Oregon (1998), Mazdak is also a private music instructor in the Bay Area. As a composer, Mazdak has published works for solo piano, voice, chamber ensemble, choir, orchestra, and electronic music. Many of these compositions are included in Mazdak's four independent albums. With regard to Mazdak’s third album Contemplations, the former president of CDBaby, Derek Severs, said “Contemplations is one of the best albums I have ever heard.” Mazdak's music can be heard at CDBaby.com, Mazdakmusic.com, iTunes, Amazon, and YouTube. His albums include: Home, Contemplations, Pieces From a Diary and Neglected Masterpieces, featuring rarely performed repertoire for solo piano ranging from Beethoven to Szymanowski.

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