Biography

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 is regularly commissioned and holds numerous performances in Europe and North America. 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 (2016-17 and 2018-19) and University of Toronto Schools (2017-18). He has given lectures and composition workshops at UTS as well as adjudication and mentorship for the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the 2018-19 and 2019-20 SPO New Generation Composer Project. 


Some of his collaborations include Orchestre de la Francophonie, Winds of Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, Princeton Singers and the Ewashko Singers amongst many others. Notable world-renowned performers include Belgian flautist Marc Grauwels and Dutch theremin player Thorwald Jørgensen with multiple commissions and performances in festivals around the world. Mehdizadeh’s works continue to receive support through commissions and private patrons, as well as institutions including the latest Ontario Arts Council studio recording grant.


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