Daniel Mehdizadeh




There is something vividly distinct about Daniel Mehdizadeh's music. This Canadian composer is revered for his intricate, unpredictable and haunting works. The sound and gesture of his pieces bury themselves deep in complex imagination—participating you in an exploration of uncertain visceral implications.

His productions are a clear reflection of his intimate, vast and diverse knowledge of music. Mehdizadeh has been involved in both national and international festival series. He has numerous international commissions and premieres including Canada, United States, Italy, Serbia, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands and Chile. His works have had global exposure and have been broadcasted across Canada and US including appearance as guest composer on CBC Radio. Currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto, Mehdizadeh has served as composer in residence for University of Toronto and University of Toronto Schools. His involvement in the community as composer, educator and guest lecturer includes lectures and composition workshops at University of Toronto Schools as well as Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, acting as both adjudicator and mentor for young composers as part of the 2019 SPO New Generation Composer Project. His recent collaborations include Jeff Reynolds and U of T Wind Symphony, Simon Rivard, Jean-Philippe Tremblay and Orchestre de la Francophonie, Ronald Royer and Winds of Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, Laurence Ewashko and the Ewashko Singers, and a commission by world renowned theremin player, Thorwald Jørgensen, the creation of a piece based on a poem by Omar Khayyam set for harp, theremin and string orchestra, Duo Jørgensen De Leuw, premiered in both Europe and North America.

Furthermore, Mehdizadeh is a specialist in the performance and interpretation of baroque music, specifically that of J. S. Bach's works, particularly the Art of Fugue. As a pianist, organist and music director, Mehdizadeh strives to re-surface the once hidden gems of such great masters.

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