Recording of the Hossein's Piano Concertos 9th March 2016 – Salford Symphony Orchestra with students from the Royal Northern College of Music, recording Hossein's Piano Concertos. This was a collabaration with soloist Kiana Shafiei, who is PhD student studying for a degree in Music Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music. The conductor was Edmon Levon, who is also studying at he Royal Northern College of Music for a Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting.

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Hossein, Piano Concerto No. 1 (1946) 1st Mvt                      Hossein, Piano Concerto No. 3 (1974) 3rd Mvt


In addition to recording pieces from two of Hosseins' piano concertos, Kiana played a piece from each of Hossein's first three piano concertos at a Salford Symphony concert on the 20th March.   


Sunday 20th March 2016 7:30pm 

St Paul's Church, Moor Lane, Kersal Moor, Salford, M7 3WX 

Conductor Edmon Levon

Soloist: Kiana Shafiei

Leader : Jon Henderson

Ketelbey: In a Persian Market

Hossein: Three pieces from three Piano Concerto

Schubert: Unfinished Symphony

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"


The Salford Symphony Orchestra


First Violins
Jon Henderson
Christine Clarkson
Denise Doyle
Eileen Stevens
Jennifer Brierley
Fiona Crowther

Jim Beeson
Cemil Egeli
Second Violins
Joanne Mellody
Simon Caplan
Bronwen Bevin
Joe Brothy

Nicholas Paxton
Elizabeth Forest
Sally Thompson
Emily Peak
John Owen
Ian Ward




John Eaton

Dave Collins
Lee Carr
Katy Gettings
Mary Boulos
Malcolm McAllister
Andrew Fielding


Trevor Marshall
Nick Fox


Denis Carvill
Sarah Birchall
Walter Coupe
Elaine Williams


Bass Trombone
Nigel Kenyon

Claire Taylor
Clare Matthews
Becky Stevens
An-Lin Xu
Melanie Waddington
Ruth Evans
Irene Wynne-George
Chris Kay
Peter Thickbroom
Carole Williams
Ian Mitchel
Keith Hatton
Katharine Brown




Kiana Shafiei

KIANA SHAFIEI is an accomplished pianist, musicologist and speaker whose performances and presentation activities have taken her to various concert venues and institutions in the UK and overseas. She is currently undertaking a PhD degree in Music Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester under the supervision of British composer David Horne and Australian pianist Stephen Savage.

Kiana has performed in many venues across the United Kingdom and Europe including Scotland, Italy, Austria, Portugal and Middle-East. She has also worked with world-renowned pianists such as Pascal Rogé, Michel Béroff, Philippe Cassard, Boris Berman, Paul Badura-Skoda, Andrew Zolinsky, Andrew Ball, Julian Jacobson, Ian Jones and others  through master classes and festivals. 

As a speaker, Kiana  has given several talks and lecture-recitals in 2015 on her research work at  several institutions including Cambridge University for the biennal conference “Symposia Iranica”, the Royal College of Music for the “Conservatoires UK Research Forum” and the “Nava Music Festival”, the Royal Northern College of Music’s “Research Forum” and at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire for the International Musicological Conference. In December Kiana  gave a talk and performance for TEDxTehran.

She is the recipient of several piano competition awards including the Royal College of Music Concerto Competition Distinction award,  the 1st Prize of the 12th  Luigi Zanuccoli International Competition in Italy, three 1st  Prizes of Fajr Music Festival in Iran, and others.  In 2015 she was part of the jury panel for the Enkor International Piano Competition in Germany.

Kiana obtained her Master degree in Piano Performance in 2014 at the Royal College of Music in London where she studied piano with John Byrne. In 2012 she received her Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honours from Tehran University, faculty of Fine Arts, under the guidance of professor Raphael Minaskanian. Her piano studies began at the age of six with professor Gagik Babayan and later on with Peyman Yazdanian.