Ashkan Tabatabaie (b. 1986) is a composer, conductor, performer, and scholar currently residing in Salt Lake City. His music has been described as “among the best Utah has to offer.” He has composed instrumental, electroacoustic, and creative multimedia pieces that have been commissioned and/or presented by the Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra, American Creator Ensemble, Persian New Music Ensemble, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), Oregon Bach Festival (OBSCF), Utah Philharmonia, Fry Street String Quartet, Nova Chamber Ensemble, VU Symposium, Salty Cricket, and SLC Library, among others. His scholarly works focus on the intersection of music theory, perception and cognition and have been presented/published in Basic and Clinical Neuroscience, OpenWest, and MOXsonic, among others. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate and a graduate teaching assistant teaching music theory and music technology courses at the University of Utah.

Portrait by Audrey Lund