Born in Tehran, Iran, Mehrdad Gholami started his music training at an early age. At the age of 12, he joined the Tehran Contemporary Music Group and later Iranian Orchestra for New Music conducted by Alireza Mashayekhi. Winning the first place in Iran’s biggest national art competition (National Concours), he entered University of Tehran and received Presidential Award and Iran’s National Elites Foundation scholarship to continue his degree at the University of Tehran where he studied with Dr. Azin
Movahed. During his studies, Mehrdad participated in numerous solo and chamber music competitions such as Fadjr International Music Festival, Iran Young Artists Competition, and Tehran Flute Competition and succeeded to win all the above competitions. He has won the TCU concerto competition and has performed with TCU symphony as a soloist playing Borne’s Carmen Fantasy, and he was a finalist in Texas Flute Society’s Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition.
Inspired by Tehran Music Group under the direction of Iranian prominent composer, Alireza Mashayekhi, he started to work with different composers and devoted his time to commission, premiere and record new sounds for flute with various ensembles. These collaborations with Iranian composers led to creating more than 40 new pieces for flute with different ensembles and electronic sounds. His first solo album was recently published by University of Tehran and Iran Flute Society. He has played in several recordings in various genres ranging from contemporary classical music to world music and pop music. Some of these pieces have received acclamation around the world such as Italy, United States, Germany, and France. As a result, Mehrdad was invited to premiere two pieces in National Flute Associations convention in San Diego, California, August 2016. In addition, Mehrdad recently published the first article in English on the history of Western music in Iran as a part of his DMA dissertation as well as premiering many new works over the course of his DMA studies. Mehrdad’s efforts in presenting, performing and publishing new Iranian music has led to a growth of compositions for flute by Iranian composers.
As an orchestral performer, he started with Tehran’s ensembles such as Yarava Modern Ensemble, Tehran Contemporary Ensemble, Tehran City Hall Orchestra and Tehran Symphony. Later, he came back to work with TSO as their principal flute player under the direction of Maestro Alexander Rahbari for 2015’s summer season.
A recipient of Susan and Ford Schumann fellowship in 2017, Mehrdad attended Aspen Music Festival where he served as Aspen Contemporary Ensemble (ACE) flute fellow and studied with Nadine Asin, Mark Sparks and Demarre McGill for three consecutive years (2017-19). In August 2019, Mehrdad made his solo debut with Aspen Contemporary Ensemble performing Judith Shatin’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (Ruah). Mehrdad has also appeared as soloist with other ensembles such as Kaleidoscope chamber orchestra in Los Angeles.
After leaving Iran in 2013, He has completed his master’s degree at Texas Christian University (15’) with Dr. Shauna Thompson and received TCU’s chancellor's STARS scholarship to pursue his doctoral degree in Flute performance at TCU. Mehrdad completed his DMA at TCU in April 2019.
Mehrdad has had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses or work with artists such as Marina Piccinini, Mark Sparks, Erik Gratton, Lisa Garner Santa, Ransom Wilson, Aralee Dorough, Demarre McGill, and Jake Fridkis.