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Tissaphern Mirfakhrai is a student at the University of British Columbia. He has studied composition with Prof. Stephen Chatman at UBC and privately with Dr. Ramona Luengen. Mirfakhrai has studied Piano with Bernard Duerksen, a student of Peter Katin, and Harmony with Christian Meyers both at the Conservatory of British Columbia. Before moving to Canada from his native Iran, he studied harmony and counterpoint with Dr. Mehran Rouhani, himself a student of the late Sir Michael Tippet, and composition with Abdulreza Sajjadi (professor of music at the University of the Arts, Tehran) and Dr. Ahmad Pejman, arguably the most prominent figure in Iranian classical music today. Mirfakhrai has won the second prize in composition in the second yearly national student festival of music, 1999, Iran. He has also studied the principles of musical performance and ear training with Dr. Sharif Lotfi, the chair of the Music school at the University of Arts in Tehran.
Orchestration: Prof. Stephen Chatman; University of British Columbia, 2005
Instrumentation: Prof. Dorothy Chang; University of British Columbia,  2005
Composition:  Prof. Dorothy Chang; University of British Columbia, 2004
Composition: Prof. Stephen Chatman; University of British Columbia,  2003
Composition: Dr Ramona Luengen;  2003
Piano: Bernard Duerksen; BC Conservatory of Music, 2000-
Principles of musical performance and ear-training: Dr. Sharif Lotfi, (Chair of Music Faculty); The University of Arts, Tehran, 1997-1999
Composition: Prof. A Sadjadi; The University of Arts, Tehran, 1998-1999
Composition: Prof. Ahmad Pejman; The University of Arts, Tehran, 1998
Harmony: Dr. Mehran Rouhani; Tehran, 1995-1996
Counterpoint: Dr. Mehran Rouhani; Tehran, Iran, 1996-1997
Music theory: Dr. Mehran Rouhani; Tehran, 1995
Piano: Ms. F.Karapetian, Tehran, 1994-99
Tissa’s most prominent influences have been through studying with the following teachers:
Selected Compositions

Impression No. 1 for Flute, Cello and Piano.
Recorded live in concert, Vancouver Sonic Boom Festival 2007, Western Front, Vancouver. Brenda Fedoruk, Flute; Peggy Lee, cello and Jane Hayes, piano; March 18th, 2007. Recorded by Ben Rogalsky

Hommage a Lemaire for Clarinet, Cello and Piano.
Recorded live in concert, Vancouver Sonic Boom Festival 2006, Western Front, Vancouver. A. K. Coope, clarinet; Alexandra Sia, cello and Rachel Anderson, piano; March 17th, 2006

Jazzies for piano: I. Blue Summer Skies
                               II. Joplin in Isfahan
Yvonne Gillespie, piano; Recorded in concert at UBC Recital Hall, UBC Composers Concert, April 16th, 2005

Introit from my 'Requiem', for unaccompanied choir
The Phoenix Chamber Choir is conducted by Ramona Luengen; Recorded live in Community of Christ Church,  Vancouver, January 29th, 2005

Trinity for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon.
Sandi Chih, Flute; Sam Davidson, Clarinet; Gwen Seaton, Bassoon, Recorded live, April 6th 2004

Sospirando for Clarinet, Cello and Piano.
Janette Searle, Clarinet; Jianan Zhao, Cello; Peggy Chang, Piano; Recorded live, March 2004

Introduction and Random Allegro for Clarinet and Piano.
Samuel Davidson, Clarinet; Yvonne Gillespie, piano; Recorded December 2003

Ba'd az to (After you...)
Grace Chiu , singing and the composer at the piano. Based on a poem by Kiumars Monshizadeh. Recorded live at the SFU choir concert, Nov. 25th, 2000

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Music bio: Tissaphern Mirfakhrai