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  Golfam KHAYAM's music described by AL Jazeera as "Innovative Art"

Her career reflects her unique musical language through the integration of her native musical elements within a contemporary experimental musical framework. Her music is so far featured in Elbphilharmonie, Metropolitan Museum, NPR ”songs we love", Danish Cultural Radio, BBC3, Deutchewele.


Since 2016  she has signed with the prestigious German label ECM records along numerous other recordings worldwide. 

Golfam Khayam was born and grew up in Iran in a family of artists in Tehran. She holds the “Master of Music” from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Master of Interprétation Specialisée Solist and master of composition at Geneva University in Switzerland. She is currently associate professor in Tehran Art University.

Khayam has appeared extensively as performer, composer, and her music is being performed worldwide, spreading her musical message in various projects.


Golfam Khayam is born in Iran in a family of active artists in Tehran, began her musical studies at the age of seven with piano and a year later with classical guitar. During her early classical musical studies, she had parallel education of Persian music with Setar. 

She holds “Master of Music” from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (USA). She continued her studies at the HEMGE (Switzerland) with her tutor Dusan Bogdanovic, parallel studies of composition and orchestration with Nicolas Bolens, Victor Cordero, Marc-André Rappaz during which she acquired the degree of Interprétation Specialisée Solist. She moved on with composition studies and acquired the degree of Master of Performer-Composer. She continued with compositional studies in a fellowship program where she accomplished at the Geneva University. 

Winner of numerous competitions, scholarships, and prizes. She has been named as the selected composer at the International Music Council, Rostrum of composers in the "Windows on the World" category in 2016 based in Paris. Winner of Residency in Festival Aix en Provence. Also HES-SO fellowship award, College-Conservatory of Music scholarship award. She has been also active in giving workshops in “composition and improvisation” as guest lecturer. This includes Aarhus Royal Academy, Copenhagen Royal Music University, Geneva University, Luzern Music University, Art University, and Tehran University. 

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