Curriculum Vitae

Dr. SAMAN SAMADI, BA, MA, PhD (Cantab)

Composer, Performer, and Music Scholar.

Founder, & Artistic Director Emeritus, Cambridge University Experimental Music Ensemble.

President, & Chair of Studies in Composition and Theory, Conservatoire One.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID.
Former Academic Supervisor, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge.

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Professor Richard Causton, Professor in Composition, King's College, University of Cambridge  ● 

Dr Peter McMurray, Associate Professor of Music, Director of Studies, Queen's College, University of Cambridge  ●

Professor Sam Hayden, Professor of Composition, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance  ●

Dr Jeremy Thurlow, Lecturer in Music, Director of Studies, Director of Music, Robinson College, University of Cambridge  ●

Dr Ewan Campbell, Director of Studies, Director of Music, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge  ●

Table of contents


creativity, new compositional methods, performance practice of new music, experimental music, technology, musicology, ethnomusicology, aesthetics of modernism & postmodernism, language and music, semiotics, complexity, music notation, music and identity, Persian music, philosophy,  poststructuralism, Deleuze


2020-2023    University of Cambridge, PhD in Music — Practice-based Research

2022              University of Cambridge, Academic Supervisor Training, Faculty of Music — Training course

2022              University of Cambridge, Equality and Diversity Essentials — Training course

2019              University of Queensland, Philosophy and Critical Thinking — Certificate 

2019              Orpheus Institute + Leuven University, Artistic Research in Music — Certificate 

2009-2011    University of Tehran, MA in Music Composition

2005-2009    University of Tehran, BA in Music Performance

2004              Azad University of Tehran, Music Performance — Undergraduate studies

1997-2003   National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents, Diploma in Mathematics (NODET pre-University)


2020-2023    The Dr Grantham Scholarship, Doctoral Research — Wolfson College, University of Cambridge 

2015              Diploma in Performing & Multimedia Arts — New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) 

2014              Selected Composer — New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) 

2012              First Prize — Counterpoint-Italy International Composition Competition 

2009              2nd Place (out of 78815 Applicants) — National Concours for Public Universities in Iran

2008              The Jury Prize, Best Composition — 24th Tehran International Music Festival 



2020-2023       University of Cambridge, Wolfson College Music Society — President

2021-present  Cambridge University Experimental Music Ensemble — Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus

2013-present  Conservatoire One, NY and Cambridge — President

2014-present  Samadis' Records (now: N. Anton Dromia Records) — Artistic Director and Music Producer

2018-present  The Saman Samadi Quintet (now: Collective), New York City and Cambridge — Founder & Director

2020-2021       Wolfson Research Event, University of Cambridge — Editorial Officer

2020                 Journal for Artistic Research — Peer Reviewer

2019-2020       Aži Trio, New York, NY — Founder and Director

2016-2020       Apām Napāt Trio, New York, NY — Founder and Director

2014-2018       The Firehouse Space (event & performance space), Brooklyn, New York — Assistant Director

2006-2009       Concentus Chamber Orchestra, Tehran — Founder and Director


2022-2024    University of Cambridge, Music in Contemporary Societies — Academic Supervisor

2013-2023    Conservatoire One, NY and Cambridge — Chair of Studies in Composition and Music Theory

2017-2019    Music School of New York City, New York — Instructional Faculty: Composition, Theory, Performance

2012              University of Tehran, Faculty of Fine Arts — Instructor: Composition, and 20th Century Music Analysis





Vāyuvēra, for piano trio, duration: 18' (Cambridge: 2021)

PRESENTATION: The 2021 British Forum for Ethnomusicology and Royal Musical Association Research Conference, Amatis Piano Trio, January 14, 2021. University of Cambridge.

PUBLICATION: Saman Samadi, Vāyuvēra, performed and recorded by Junya Makino, Nicholas Swett, & Kristin Samadi (Cambridge: Saman Samadi Collective, May 26, 2023).āyuvēra   | 

Through a Veil, for wind quintet and fixed media, duration: 9' (Cambridge: 2021)

Instrumentation: flute, oboe, clarinet in Bb, horn in F, bassoon, and fixed media

PRESENTATION: Cambridge Music Faculty's Composers' Workshop, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, May 1, 2021, University of Cambridge.

PUBLICATION: Saman Samadi, Through a Veil, performed by Saman Samadi Collective (N.Anton Dromia, 2021).

Shattering in Seven Pieces for Dream and Wedding and Death, for string quartet, duration: 14' (Cambridge: 2022)

PUBLICATION: Saman Samadi, Shattering for string quartet, performed and recorded by Saman Samadi,
Junya Makino, Polly Almond, and Sarah Henderson (Cambridge: Saman Samadi Collective, May 26, 2023).   |

Thus Spoke Earth, for violin and piano and fixed media, duration: 25' (Cambridge: 2021)

PRESENTATION: Cambridge Music Faculty's Composers' Workshop, Darragh Morgan and Mary Dullea, March 8, 2022, University of Cambridge.

PUBLICATION: Saman Samadi, Thus Spoke Earth, performed/recorded by Saman Samadi & Kristin Samadi, (Cambridge: Saman Samadi Collective, May 26, 2023).

Avec Boulez, Mallarmé, et Foucault, for ensemble, duration: 45' (Cambridge: 2022)
Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, 2 saxophones, strings, guitar, piano, 2 voices

PERFORMANCES: Cambridge University Experimental Music Ensemble (dir. Saman Samadi)é-et-foucault

Ānam Ārezust, for ensemble, duration: 5'20" (Cambridge: 2020)
Instrumentation: fl, ob, cl, bsn/horn, tpt, trbn/timp, tom-t/harp/vln, vla, vc, dbānam-ārezust

Scheherazade, for saxophone quartet, duration: 6'30" (New York: 2017)



Saman Samadi, Scheherazade, performed by LX Saxophone Quartet (New York: Samadis' Records, 2017).

Bazzad, for violin and symphony orchestra, duration: 12' (Tehran: 2012)

Instrumentation: - - 3perc: (1) tom-t (BTAS)/ tam-t(lg)/ BD/ (2) t-bells/ susp-cym(md&lg)/ crash-cym(lg)/ marimb/ vib/ gong(lg)/ (3) timp/ woodb(hrd&lg) - strings >

PRESENTATION: Bazzad, Reading Session. Soloist, Jaram Kim; Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, dir. Timothy Long, May 6, 2014, Staller Center, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY, USA.

Persia 1909, Iran 1971, for four improvising performers, duration: 10' (New York: 2014)

Instrumentalists: a pianist, two percussionists, and a performer of any melodic instrument (oboe is suggested)

PRESENTATION: Persia 1909, New Music Performance Practice Workshop with Laura Smith, oboist, Erika Dohi, pianist, Mark Utley and Elizabeth Dorman, percussionists, April 22, 2014, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY, USA.

PUBLICATION: Iran 1971, Composer and video editor: Saman Samadi (New York, 2018).

Panj, for soprano, baritone, and orchestra, duration: 5" (New York: 2013)

Sound and Fury, for chamber orchestra, duration: 14' (New York: 2012)

PERFORMANCE: Sound and Fury: an arrangement for piano and loudspeakers. Kristin Samadi, pianist. November 21, 2013, Staller Center, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY, USA.


Symphony in Three Movements, for large orchestra, duration: 20' (Tehran: 2009)

PRESENTATION: Unfolding Samadi's Symphony in Three Movements, Seminar, University of Tehran, September 22, 2009, Tehran, Iran.

Camisado, for chamber ensemble, duration: 9' (Tehran: 2007)

PERFORMANCE: Concentus Orchestra, conductor: Saman Samadi, April 29, 2007, Roudaki Hall, Tehran, Iran.

Sheyda, for string orchestra, duration: 3'32" (Terhan: 2006)



Aša, for flute, duration: 8' (New York City, USA - Cambridge, UK: 2020-2021)ša

PUBLICATION: Saman Samadi, Asha, performed by Mehrdad Gholami, in Pieces for the Flute (Tehran: Mahoor, 2021).

VIDEO (Scrolling Score): Saman Samadi, Asha, recorded by Mehrdad Gholami, Recording Session, Dallas, Texas, September 28th, 2020.

The Gāthās for Piano, a series of piano works, total duration hitherto: 20' (New York: 2018-2019)

Ahunavaiti Gāthā no.1 , stanza I (2018)
Ahunavaiti Gāthā no.1 , stanza II (2018)
Ahunavaiti Gāthā no.1 , stanza III (2019)āthās-for-piano


Ahunavaiti Gāthā no.1, stanza III, Jonathan Powell, pianist.

Ahunavaiti Gāthā no.1, stanzas I & II, Jared Redmond, pianist.


Saman Samadi, Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanza III, performed and recorded by Jonathan Powell (Prague: HAMU, 2019).

Saman Samadi, Ahunavaiti Gāthā, stanzas I & II, performed and recorded by Jared Redmond (Seoul: Hangyang, 2019).

Mira, for violin and electronics, duration: 12'33" (New York, 2019)

PERFORMANCE/PUBLICATION: By its dedicatee Miranda Cuckson (forthcoming).

Chamrosh, a collection of four works for saxophone, total duration: 47' (New York: 2015-2016)


Chamrosh: works for saxophone. Lecture-Performance. Anthony Izzo, saxophonist, and Saman Samadi, pianist.
July 29, 2015, ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY, USA.


Chamrosh, ​​for tenor saxophone (2016)
I-V-complex No.1, for alto saxophone and piano (2015)
I-V-complex No.2, for saxophone quartet (2015)
Before Your Very Eyes, for saxophone and piano (2015)

Saman Samadi, Chamrosh, Performed by Saman Samadi and Anthony Izzo (New York: Samadis' Records, 2018).

Tears' Scratch, for two violins, duration: 8'20" (New York: 2012)


Saman Samadi, Tears' Scratch, performed and recorded by Miranda Cuckson & Austin Wulliman (Score Follower, 2016).

Saman Samadi, Tears' Scratch, performed by Miranda Cuckson & Austin Wulliman (New York: Samadis' Records, 2018)

Paj, for flute and piano, duration: 14' (Tehran: 2011)



Saman Samadi, Paj, performed by Linda Wetherill and Kristin Barone-Samadi (New York: Samadis' Records, 2018).

Microtonal Piano Solos, a collection of nine microtonal piano pieces, total duration: 55' (New York: 2015)


Oracle (2015)
Solitude (2015)
Sisyphus (2015)
Annica (2015)
Perception (2015)
Madman (2015)
Satire (2015)
Existence (2015)
Deprivation (2015)
Magnetic (2015)
Subjectivity (2015)

Saman Samadi, Microtonal Piano Solos, Performed by Saman Samadi (New York: Samadis' Records, 2015).

Teryan, for violin and piano, duration: 8' (New York: 2014)

PUBLICATION: Saman Samadi, Teryan, Performed by Saman Samadi and Kristin Samadi (New York, 2014).

Fog & Fugue, for guitar, duration: 7' (Tehran: 2007)


PUBLICATION: Saman Samadi, Fog & Fugue, Performed by Dan Keene (Rutherford, 2013).

Apadana's Amphora, for piano, duration: 7' (Tehran: 2008)

PERFORMANCE: Piano Recital, Kiana Shafiei, Art University of Tehran, April 22, 2009, Tehran, Iran.


Nostalgia, five multimedia compositions (electroacoustic music & video art), total duration: 44' (New York: 2015-2016)



Ghorbat (September 20, 2016)
Berceuses (October 7, 2016)
Vāyu (November 1, 2016)
Retroception (October 18, 2016)
Hura (July 28, 2015)

Saman Samadi, Nostalgia (New York: Samadis' Records, 2018).

Impromptus, a collection of six multimedia works (piano, electronics, & video-art), duration: 6' (New York: 2017)


Shekasteh Mouyeh, a collection of nine multimedia compositions, total duration: 62' (New York: 2015)

PERFORMANCE: Saman Samadi, pianist, vocalist, video & electronic sounds artist, May 23, 2015, Spectrum, New York, NY, USA.


Frenzied (2015)
Shattered Mourning (2015)
Injustice (2015)
Desolation (2015)
Ramkali (2015)
Zenith (2015)
Dissident (2015)
Dashtestani (2015)
Satori (2015)

Saman Samadi, Shekasteh Mouyeh (New York: Samadis' Records, 2016).

MUSIC-VIDEO: Composer, video designer & editor: Saman Samadi; videographers: Arian Vaziridaftari, Saman Samadi. Filmed on location in Tehran and Shiraz, Iran (New York, 2015)

U-Turn, a collection of five multimedia compositions, total duration: 50'12" (Tehran: 2010-2014)



Magnapinna in the Abdomen of a Newborn, Composer and video artist: Saman Samadi (Tehran, 2012).

U-Turn, Composer, violinist, and video artist: Saman Samadi (Tehran, 2011).

Safhe-ye Nakhl (Eng. Palm Plate), for dozaleh and electronic sounds (2014)
Amiri, electroacoustic (2012)
Qatār-e Arvāh, electroacoustic (2010)
Magnapinna in the Abdomen of a Newborn, for electronic sounds and video-art (2012)
U-Turn, an algorithmic piece for electronic sounds and video-art (2011)

Saman Samadi, U-Turn (New York: Samadis' Records, 2015).


Aži Trio, saxophone, piano, and buchla (New York: 2019-2020)
Saman Samadi, founder, leader, & pianist; Sarah Manning, saxophonist; and Hans Tammen, buchla-player.ži-trio

PERFORMANCE: Aži Trio at NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, Saman Samadi, founder, leader, & pianist; Sarah Manning, saxophonist; Hans Tammen, buchla player. 


Aži Trio: Deceptive Assembly, Saman Samadi, leader & video artist (New York, 2020).

Aži Trio, Saman Samadi, leader & video artist (New York, 2019).

The Saman Samadi Quintet, voice, percussion, trumpet, double bass, piano & electronics (New York: 2018-2019)
Amber Evans, soprano, Caitlin Cawley, percussionist, Martin Movagh, trumpet player, Sam Zagnit, double bassist, and Saman Samadi, founder, leader, pianist, & sound artist.



Saman Samadi Quintet: Walking with the Wind, Saman Samadi, leader & video artist (New York, 2018)

Saman Samadi Quintet in the Village, NYC, Saman Samadi, leader & video artist (New York, 2018)

Saman Samadi Quintet at Areté, Saman Samadi, leader & video artist (New York, 2018)

Saman Samadi Quintet | NYC, Saman Samadi, leader & video artist (New York, 2018)

Walking With the Wind (Manhattan School of Music, 2018)
Scream, In Silence (Live, 2018)
Under the Ocean (Live, 2018)
Dancing With Miles (Live, 2018)
Melancholia (Live, 2018)
Grotte De Cristal (Live, 2018)
A Wolf Lying In Wait (Live, 2018)
Suffocation (Live, 2018)
Dream (Live, 2018)

Saman Samadi Quintet, with Jorge Nuno, at the Bushwick Series (New York, 2019).

Apām Napāt Trio, clarinet/saxophone, buchla, piano & voice (New York: 2016-2020)

Blaise Siwula, clarinet/saxophone, Hans Tammen, buchla, and Saman Samadi, founder, leader, pianist & vocalist.



Apām Napāt Trio at Scoles Studio (New York, 2018)

Apām Napāt Trio: Homayun (New York, 2018)

Apām Napāt Trio: Chahargah (New York, 2018)

Apām Napāt Trio at the Firehouse Space no.1 (New York, 2018)

Apām Napāt Trio at the Firehouse Space no.2 (New York, 2018)

Apām Napāt Trio, with Jorge Nuno (New York, 2016)

Saman Samadi, Apām Napāt Trio, Āpām Napāt: 16 pieces [live] (New York: Samadis' Records, 2016).

Āp (Live, 2016)
Asha (Live, 2016)
Deava (Live, 2016)
Yima (Live, 2016)
Ariyāramna (Live, 2016)
Vivanhant (Live, 2016)
Haoma (Live, 2016)
Verethragna (Live, 2016)
Yasna (Live, 2016)
Apām Napāt (Live, 2016)
Anahita (Live, 2016)
Hauruuatāt (Live, 2016)
Ahura (Live, 2016)
Manu (Live, 2016)
Zahhak (Live, 2016)
Mithra (Live, 2016)ām-napāt-trio


Ali [3rd Floor], directed by Pedram Samadi (Sweden, and the Czech Republic: 2022)

Elementary School (Dabestan), directed by Pedram Samadi (Iran: 2018)

Mute, directed by Albin Wildner (Austria: 2017)

Fireflies, directed by Raouf Zaki (USA: 2017)

Keep Your Promise (Be Ahdat Vafā Kon), directed by Navid Mihandoost, (Iran: 2011)


Hannah Mason, Undergraduate Student (BA in Music), University of Cambridge

“My experience with studying Music in Contemporary Societies under Saman’s supervision has been enjoyable and insightful. Saman's supervisions are engaging and informative, and his feedback on our essays and on our contributions to the sessions has challenged us, encouraging us to question various perspectives on the issues at hand. I feel that as a result, my critical thinking has developed, and I have been introduced to new ways of considering topics such as Free Jazz and Ethnomusicology; Saman questions our arguments and raises questions that allow us to consider the topics in more depth. I have particularly valued Saman's patience and kindness this term, because these qualities have helped to foster a comfortable supervision environment in which I can be at liberty to voice my opinions.”

Emily Long, Undergraduate Student (BA in Music), University of Cambridge

“Studying with Saman have been engaging where we have been able to explore a variety of topics from different perspectives.  He has helped us to think critically within our essays, encouraging us to evaluate our own arguments, and take part in discussions that have been aided by his thoughtful input and questions he asks, which lead us to our own conclusions.  He also incorporates music-making into our supervisions, such as the session on experimental music, and helped us to engage with a genre that most of us hadn't played before. His feedback has been positive and useful, and I really look forward to his supervisions!”

Isaac Chan, Undergraduate Student (BA in Music), University of Cambridge

“Discussions lead by Saman have been extremely useful - his questions have helped expand the scope of my thinking about world music topics into many different perspectives. He is well informed about world music topics and is always willing to assist and elaborate in topics where help is needed.”