Born in Tehran (Iran), Showan Tavakol is a musician and composer of Kurdish descent. His works have been performed in concert in Europe, Asia and North America, and he has also written music for the cinema, notably for the film Manuscripts Don’t Burn (Mohammad Rasoulof), which was presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.
As a performer, he has appeared as the soloist for several of his compositions, including his Concerto pour kamancheh et orchestre symphonique, which was acclaimed by the jury of the Fajr International Music Festival (Iran).
Showan holds a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in kamancheh performance from Tehran University. He also obtained a master’s degree in composition from the Université de Montréal in Quebec. In 2019, Showan won second prize in composition in the Prix collégien de musique contemporaine (Quebec), and third prize in composition at the Classic Pure Vienna International Music Competition (Austria).