Call for Score for Solo Accordion Selection Announced!!!

Sept 14th, 2017 at 7:00PM

Solo Music for Accordion

The Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT) and the Canadian Music Centre are pleased to announce the winners of its call for scoresin collaboration with internationally renowned Concert-accordionist Michael Bridge. The pieces will be performed as part of the opening concert of CMC Presents, the Canadian Music Centre’s annual concert season on September 14 at 5:30pm EST.
The call was open to pieces written for solo accordion. Fifty-three submissions were received from composers across the globe with a variety of styles and compositional aesthetics. At the outset the jury intended to select three pieces, however due to the high quality of submissions, seven scores were chosen. The selected composers and compositions are:

Asterism Gilberto dos Santos Agostinho Filho (Germany)
Daramad Ali Balighi (Iran)
Mosafer Nastaran Pouladzadeh (Canada)
Study No. 2 Alan Ahued Naime (Mexico)
Trazo Edson Zampronha (Spain)
utrolig varmt vann Tze Yeung Ho (Norway) CMC Associate Composer
Virgules Christina Athinodorou (Cyprus)

These pieces will be performed along with a composition by ICOT member Pouya Hamidi.
The jury members reviewing submitted works included Keyan Emami (composer, ICOT President), Maziar Heidari (composer, conductor, ICOT Music Director), Michael Bridge (accordionist), and Joseph Macerollo (accordionist, University of Toronto professor). 
Jury member and internationally renowned accordionist Michael Bridge commented:
“I was elated by the large number, high quality, and intriguing variety of the submissions. In its relatively short 188 year history, the accordion has become an entrenched folk icon in so many cultures around the world, and is now becoming a recognized concert instrument on more and more professional stages.”

For more information and tickets:

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Michael Bridge – Accordion soloist

Date: Sept 14th, 2017 at 7:00pm
Location: Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto (MAP)
Doors: 7:00pm

ICOT Solo Music For Accordion: Call for Scores

Solo Music for Accordion: Call for Scores
Submission Receipt Deadline: July 1st, 2017

Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT) announces its call for scores for the Fall 2017 opening concert in partnership with Canadian Music Centre in collaboration with internationally renowned Concert-accordionist Michael Bridge.

The concert will take place on September 14th, 2017 at the Canadian Music Centre, Toronto. Three compositions will be selected and performed as part of this concert.

Additional information and requirements:

  • This call for scores is open to all composers (any age and nationality)
  • Each composer may submit only one work for consideration
  • Works should be 4 to 6 minute in duration, and be written for solo accordion—electroacoustic elements are also accepted.
  • Submitted scores must be anonymous.
  • The selection will be made by three jury members. Jury members will only access anonymous review materials.
  • Results will be announced by July 15th, 2017. Selected composers will be invited to attend rehearsals, taking place during August 2017. Exact date and time TBD
  • Selected composers will receive an archival recording for their personal use
  • ICOT is not able to provide travel stipends. We can facilitate video conferencing for rehearsals.

How to submit:

All materials will be submitted through an online form.

Composers will provide:

  • contact information
  • PDF copy of their anonymous score
  • Optional: artist website
  • Optional: composers can provide an audio file of the piece (mp3 only)


Deadline for receipt of materials is July 1st, 2017, 5pm EST.

For more information about ICOT please visit or contact

Saturday, 22 August 2015 – 8:15pm

Persian Piano Night at Tirgan Festival


ICOT_376_JM45101aThe dynamic collective, Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (known simply as ICOT), delivers a thoughtful, captivating program of new music by Iranian composers residing in Canada. This program is centered around solo piano and Persian Poetry. ICOT has nurtured important young voices in Canada’s new music community since 2011 and found audiences afresh. Tirgan 2015 welcomes an exciting line-up of composers and performers from ICOT.

Date: Saturday, 22 August 2015 – 8:15pm
Location: Harbourfront Centre Toronto
Tickets: Free
More info:

Secret of Solstice: ICOT’s last 2014 Concert Announced

Secret of Solstice

Featuring ICOT Orchestra and Soprano Zorana Sadiq

Yalda Concert PosterICOT is proud to present its next concert on December 5th, 2014. This concert features ICOT Orchestra conducted by Maziar Heidari. The orchestra also presents instruments such as harp, piano, and accordion. We are delighted to have the amazing soprano Zorana Sadiq with us in this event and Michael Bridge on the accordion.
The concert premiers 8 new pieces by ICOT composers all revolving the theme of Yalda or Winter Solstice. Yalda is an ancient Iranian tradition where the families celebrate the longest night of the year by gathering around and telling stories and indulging in delicious seasonal foods.
We have collectively used the poetry of Houshang Ebtehaj “Keyvan was a Star”, and also famous Latin phrase regarding the winter solstice “Natalis Solis Invicti” which translates to the birth of the unconquered sun. These new works find commonalities of the two traditions by using bits and pieces of many languages such as Farsi, English, and Latin.


Date: Friday, December 5th, 2014 – 7:30PM
Location: St. George Anglican Church (5350 Yonge St. Toronto, ON M2N5R5)
Tickets: $30 in advance/available at:
1) Online –
2) Super Parsian (8129 Yonge Street,
3) Sarv Music Academy (2 Greenview Ave.
Tickets also available $40 at the door (subject to availability – seating limited)
To purchase online:

Eventbrite - Secret of Solstice

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13th Winery Piano Series Call for Score Results

October 29th, 2014 – Toronto, Canada – The Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto, ICOT is proud to announce the results for its first Call for Score for the “CMC on the 13th” Piano series concert taking place on June 13th at the Canadian Music Centre’s National office in Toronto, Ontario.

After receiving an considerable response from the artistic community, and a surprising number of submissions, the jury made the difficult task of selecting only two works, which represented the aims and objectives of the Call for Score most accurately.

Parisa Sabet’s “Chakameh” for Piano Four hands, as well as Bence Kutrik’s “Beyond the Seas” were the selected works that will be premiered at the CMC on the 13th on June 13th 2015.

Both of these composers are active professionals with an impressive resume and a fascinating story.

Parisa SabetParisa Sabet is an Iranian composer currently lives in Toronto. Her compositions have a unique and lyrical quality that stems out of blending elements of Eastern and Western’s musical languages. Parisa is recipient of several grants and scholarships including 2014-2015th Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and John Weinzweig Graduate Scholarship and 2013-2014th SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship. Professionally, her compositions have won various competitions and been performed in different venues in North America. Currently, she is pursuing her DMA in composition at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Christos Hatzis.


benceBence Kutrik is a Hungarian-Canadian composer and pianist. He has written music for film, computer games and for the concert hall, many of which have been performed in Canada, Hungary, Poland, United States and Columbia. He began his piano studies in Budapest and continued at the San Francisco Conservatory. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in composition (University of Toronto, 2009) from Gary Kulesha’s studio and has recently completed his Master’s Degree at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest where he studied with Janos Vajda.


We are very pleased with the results, and very much looking forward to performing these two wonderful works in our 2015 concert.

Call for Score for the 2015 Canadian Music Centre’s 13th Winery Piano Series

Composers have been selected. To view the press release please go here!

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July 17, 2014
Click here for the PDF version.


Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto, (ICOT) is pleased to announce its first call for scores for their performance as part of the Canadian Music Centre’s 13th Winery Piano Series in June of 2015. Composers from across Canada will have the opportunity to have their works performed in this series at the Canadian Music Centre’s National office in June of 2015.

About ICOT:

ICOT is a registered, non-for-profit organization, founded by five Toronto-based composers in 2011 with the mission of creating new works that bridge Canadian and Iranian culture through music and art.In July of 2013, with the financial assistance of the Toronto Arts Council and Tirgan Festival, ICOT brought the “Operatic Narration of Arash the Archer” to the Harbourfront Westjet stage as the grand opening to the Tirgan Festival of Persian culture. The composers appeared on BBC Farsi, attracting intercontinental attention for this project. ICOT’s “Persian Piano Night” was toured around Ontario and Quebec in 2011-12 and was also featured in BBC Farsi programming in 2013. This, and the “New Poetry, New Music” concerts, were ICOT’s first two activities as a professional collective. ICOT appeared as featured guest artists at the 2014 Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s “What Next” New Music Festival’s Canadian Mosaic Concert. ICOT was commissioned by The National Ballet Of Canada to write a short ballet work based on the story of Khosrow and Shirin in December 2013. This work was performed by Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra and The You Dance Artists of The National Ballet of Canada in May of 2014. The directors and co-founders of ICOT, who are all active professionals and musicians both nationally and internationally, are Keyan Emami (President), Saman Shahi (Executive Manager), Maziar Heidari (Music Director), Afarin Mansouri (Artistic Director), and Pouya Hamidi (Technical Manager).

Overview of the call:

ICOT is inviting composers to submit works for Solo Piano between 3-6 minutes in length with a related theme to Iran. The jury panel is comprised of members of ICOT as well as other members of the artistic community in Toronto. The jury will select up to two pieces based on the quality and relevance to the project.


The call is open to all professional composers residing in Canada with no age restrictions. Professional in this case refers to a person whose livelihood is primarily supported through the creation and/ or dissemination of (their) music, and has had a track of activities for at least two years. Residency in this case means having lived in Canada for at least 6 consecutive months within the past two years. The works submitted must have a thematic relevance to Iran, Iranian culture, history, art or literature.

Rules and regulations:

1)    Instrumentation: piano solo – no exceptions will be given to works using electronics.
2)    Length: 3-6 minutes
3)    All genres and styles are encouraged, considering that the piece has a theme related to Iran or Iranian culture.
4)    Deadline: 5PM EST October 6th by email.
5)    Application fee: free
6)    Every composer may submit only one piece for this call.
7)    The deadline for submission is Monday October 6th, 2014 at 5PM EST. The submission can only be done electronically via email. See “How to Submit” for more details.
8)    The selected composer(s) will be notified by email roughly two weeks after the submission deadline. There will be a group email afterwards announcing the results officially, as well as an announcement on ICOT’s official website and ICOT’s Facebook page.
9)    Selected composer(s) will be encouraged to attend the performance of their work(s) in June 2015, however this is not mandatory, and will not affect the decision of the jury.
10)   ICOT cannot make any contributions towards the transportation and accommodation of the composer(s) should they need to travel in order to be present at the performance.
11)   Submissions, which do not meet the aforementioned criteria, or submissions with missing or incomplete material will not be considered by the jury.
12)  The date of the performance will be Saturday June 13th 2015 at 5:30PM. The location of the performance will be the Canadian Music Centre’s National office at 20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto, Ontario.

How to Submit:

Please send the following material via email to ICOT’s executive manager at before 5PM EST on Monday October 6th, 2014.

a)     A copy of the score in PDF format
b)     An up to date Curriculum Vitae
c)     An audio sample in mp3 format (optional)
d)     A list of recent performances (optional)

All the questions or concerns can be addressed to

Announcing Arash the Archer at Tirgan Festival

A co-production of Tirgan and the Iranian Canadian Composers of Toronto-ICOT– Sponsored by the Toronto Arts Council

1014280_550435221688080_36878137_nArash the Archer is an operatic narration of one of the most well known Iranian myths which has captivated many with its universal values such as redemption, hope and sacrifice. The Iranian Canadian Composers of Toronto – ICOT have created a new version of the story directed by Siavash Shabanpour.

Arash the Archer is a musical collage incorporating operatic singing, orchestral music, theatrical elements, video and stage design.

Conductor: Maziar Heidari
Composers: Saman Shahi, Afarin Mansouri Tehrani, Pouya Hamidi and Keyan Emami
Director, Stage Director and Dramaturge: Siavash Shabanpour
Solo Soprano: Kamelia Dara
Illustrator: Touka Neyestani

Date & Time: Thursday July 18, 2013 at 9:00 pm
Location: Harbourfront Centre : Westjet Stage ‐ 235 Queens Quay West

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased from Harbourfront Centre’s box office:

For more information on this performance and to get to know the artists please visit

TEASER: New Poetry, New Music

Preview for  Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto’s (ICOT) upcoming collaborative concert with:
Ton Beau String Quartet, Hassan Anami, Pam Patel, Najla Azizi, Arash FalAsiri,
Leila Moslemi, Faraz Rashidian, Mohsen Nazeri, and Bahar Entezari.

Saturday, SEPT 8, 2012, 7:30 PM
St. George Anglican Church
5350 Yonge Street, North York

Tickets available at

اعلام کنسرت آینده در شهریورامسال

دوستان عزیز:

در ابتدا شایسته است بابت حمایت و استقبال فراتر از انتظار از تور شب پیانوی ایرانی در تورونتو، واترلو، مونترال و اتاوا از یکایک شما عزیزان صمیمانه تشکر کنیم. بدین منظور مجموعه آثار ارائه شده در کنسرتهای Persian Piano Night در استودیوی موسیقی دانشگاه مونترال و تورونتو ضبط گردیده و شما می توانید در سایت اینترنتی به این قطعه ها گوش دهید.

با توجه به اتمام بلیط های کنسرت شب پیانوی ایرانی یک هفته قبل از اجرای کنسرت تابستان گذشته در تورونتو بسیاری از علاقمندان عزیزمان موفق به حضور در کنسرت نگردیدند و خواستار برنامه جدیدی از ما بودند، لذا خوشحالیم که اعلام کنیم ICOT امسال شنبه ۱۸ شهریور ماه، هفت و نیم شب در کلیسای سنت جورج St. Georges Anglican Church واقع در ۵۳۵۰ خیابان یانگ با کنسرت «شعر نو، نوای نو» پذیرای شما عزیزان خواهد بود.

به زودی جزئیات کاملتر این برنامه اعلام خواهد شد. چنانچه نام شما هنوز در لیست دعوت ویژه ICOT برای کنسرت جدیدمان در September 8, 2012 قرار ندارد، در صورت تمایل آدرس email خود را برایمان بفرستید تا از طریق email برای شما دعوتنامه ارسال کنیم.

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