Pedram Diba

Co-Founder , Editor, Instructor

Pedram Diba (b.1993) is an Iranian-American composer of acoustic, acousmatic, and mixed music residing in Chicago, IL. His professional history includes awards such as first-prize winner at the Frost International Composition Competition, third-prize winner of the Untwelve Microtonal Composition Competition, third-prize winner of the Golden Key International Composition Competition, and the honorable mention for the 16th Sun River Prize.

Diba's music has been showcased in festivals such as Festival Temporel 2021, NOVA Contemporary Meeting 2021, 4th Annual Research on Contemporary Music Conference, Concert Vivier InterUniversitaire 2020, New Music Gathering 2018, White Ibis Ensemble Winter Heat New Music Festival 2017, Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium 2014 and 2016, and Music Today Festival 2014 and 2017.

Diba has also been active as an arts administrator. During 2016–2017, He was the co-founder, artistic director, and conductor of the Pacific Northwest Contemporary Orchestra, and premiered ten new orchestral works that were submitted through a call for scores. Additionally, for two consecutive years (2015–2017), he was the co-director of the Tai-Hei Ensemble, a new music ensemble based in Eugene, Oregon.

Since 2019, Diba has been a member of the Analysis, Creation, and Teaching of Orchestration (ACTOR) Project. Through ACTOR, Diba has participated in various research-creation projects such as the Core Ensemble Project and the Musicians Auditory Perception (MAP) Project. Diba's current work includes Space As Timbre (SAT), a research-creation project on the concept of acoustic space in the field of computer-assisted orchestration.

Diba completed his B.M. in composition at the University of Oregon where he received the prize of Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar in Composition. Later, he received the Max Stern Fellowship in Music to attend McGill University, where he completed his M.M. in composition under the supervision of Philippe Leroux. During his time at McGill University, he served as the Vice-President of McGill Association of Student Composers (MASC). Currently, Diba is pursuing his Ph.D. in composition and music technology at Northwestern University working with Alex Mincek, Hans Thomalla, and Jay Alan Yim. Through masterclasses and workshops, Diba has also worked with Fabien Lévy, Miguel Azguime, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and Chen Yi.

Diba's music is published by Babel Scores in both digital and printed versions.