Passionate about performing music from different cultures, Asieh Mahyar is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting at Michigan State University under the mentorship of Octavio Más-Arocas and Katherine Kilburn. She is the Assistant Conductor of the MSU Symphony Orchestra, MSU Concert Orchestra, Musique 21 Ensemble, and MSU Opera.
Ms. Mahyar received her master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she studied with Morihiko Nakahara and Kristo Kondakci. During her studies, she served as assistant conductor of the UMass Symphony Orchestra and Co-director of the All-University Orchestra. In addition, she served as the mentor artist at the Northhampton Youth Art and Music Festival for two seasons.
Before arriving in the US, Ms. Mahyar received her bachelor’s in choral conducting from Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan-Armenia with Hovhaness Mirzoyan. She continued her studies in orchestral conducting there to learn more from Ruben Asatryan. Ms. Mahyar was appointed assistant conductor at Tchaikovsky Music School of Yerevan. She also served as Cover Conductor at Charentz Choir and Narek Choir.
Ms. Mahyar has participated in several conducting workshops and conferences including The Conducting Institute with Miguel Hart-Bedoya, Conductors Retreat at Medomak with Kenneth Kiesler, and Choral Conducting Workshop with Antanina Kalechyts. She has also attended various conducting lectures to learn from distinguished conductors including Gerard Schwartz and JoAnn Faletta. Her other mentors include Loris Tjeknavorian, Martun Israelian, Yervand Yerkanian, and Anahit Nersesyan.
Being grateful to all of her mentors who guided her through her journey all over the globe, Ms. Mahyar takes it as a serious duty to use the immense power of music to bring the beauty and delicacy of different cultures to the international stages.