" Kiana demonstrates splendid qualities
of technique and musical taste.
- Dr Stephen Savage
Pianist / RNCM Senior Piano Tutor
Starting her piano studies at the age of six, Kiana gave her first public performance at the age of ten. As a young pianist she was awarded several honors at the most important national piano competitions including the 1st prize of Fajr Music Festival and she has performed at prestigious concert venues in Tehran including Vahdat Hall, Roudaki Hall and Niavaran Hall. Since moving to the UK she has taken part in numerous national and international festivals and has been a prizewinner at several international piano competitions including the first prize of 12th Luigi Zanuccoli International Competition (Italy).
Kiana’s performance career has taken her to numerous venues across the UK and abroad; she regularly gives performances as a recitalist and as a soloist with orchestras. Her performances are often complimented by short talks, which place the works in a cultural, historical and social context. She plays a large repertoire in which 20th and 21st Centuries compositions have an important place, she often combines well-known repertoire with lesser-known works to create the most engaging programmes.
Most recently Kiana was invited to give a recital at UNESCO Heritage Site Joanina Library in Coimbra, Portugal. She was also the guest artist for the recent edition of the prestigious Symposia Iranica, a leading international forum held at the University of Cambridge, performing at the Fitzwilliam museum in a recognition ceremony of Professor Charles Melville for his contributions over an academic career spanning forty years. She was also the featured pianist of the reputable Nour festival, an event recognizing the contemporary art in venues across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London.
During the course of her studies Kiana has taken part in masterclasses given by renowned pianists such as Pascal Rogé, Michel Béroff, Philippe Cassard, Paul Badura-Skoda, Boris Berman, Luiz de Moura Castro, Andrew Zolinsky, Andrew Ball, Julian Jacobson, Ian Jones and others.