Exciting news from the Canada Council for the Arts and Saman Shahi

We have some very exciting news from composer Saman Shahi:


Absolutely thrilled to learn that I will be receiving a commissioning grant from the Canada Council For the Arts to create a large-scale new piece for String Quartet and Choir titled “Fragments”. This 20-minute  will be premiered on MAy 11th 2024 as part of Cantabile Chamber Singers’ closing concert of the season. 


Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts for granting us the opportunity to collaborate! We are so excited to premiere this new work in May 2024~


Composer Saman Shahi, Photo: Dahlia Katz

Get to know our composer:

Saman Shahi is JUNO-nominated composer, pianist, conductor and educator based in Toronto. His compositions have been performed, and broadcast around the world and include orchestral works, operas, ballets, and many works for choral, vocal and chamber ensembles. Saman holds a master’s degree in composition from the University of Toronto, is an affiliate Member of the Canadian League of Composers, Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre as well as a SOCAN member. He is a Co-Founder and the Executive Director at ICOT, Music Director at the Peterborough Concert band, and a composer and teaching artist with the Canadian Opera Company. In 2020 Saman’s debut composition album “Breathing in the Shadows” was recorded and released by Leaf Music. All song cycles in this album have won awards both in Canada and the United States including a 2022 JUNO Awards nomination. His second album, “Microlocking” was released by People|Places|Records in 2021.