Pouya Hamidi had his first lessons in classical piano as a small child in Iran. Since coming to Canada he has attended the Young Artist Performance Academy (RCM) at The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), completed the Claude Watson Arts Diploma, and a Bachelor of Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Music in composition at the University of Toronto . He received the Associate of the Royal Conservatory Certificate in piano performance, the highest level awarded by the RCM. Pouya has also won competitions such as the Canadian Music Competition, Kiwanis Music Competition, and best performance and composition at the Markham Music Festival. Jamie Parker (Gryphon Trio), Ka Nin Chan, Christos Hatzis, and Alexander Rapoport were among his professors at the University of Toronto, where several scholarships also supported his studies. Pouya’s other musical interests include film scoring, employing diverse instrumentation including Persian traditional instruments. Ladom Ensemble is Pouya’s other performance projects, a Persian/Balkan classical ensemble. Pouya completed his Master’s in Audio Engineering from McGill University and is working freelance in Toronto.