Pegah Varamini (PhD): Music Researcher and Pedagogue, Composer, Pianist, Vocalist

Pegah started playing piano at age 9 under the auspices of maestro Ali Jafarian, a prominent and influential composer, violinist and pianist in Persian classical and orchestral music. Alongside, she got professional training to sing Persian traditional repertoire since age 9.

In 1998, Pegah started her collaboration with Shiraz University of Medical Sciences Chamber Orchestra as a pianist. Later in 1998, she joined “Fars Ladies Chamber Orchestra” conducted by maestro Ali Jafarian.

Under the guidance of renowned composers, maestro Homayoun Khoram and Anoushiravan Rohani, Pegah achieved a high level of musical technical skills. She won national prizes in different festivals such as 1st place in Jahad Daneshgahi Youth Music Festival, Shiraz (1995) and 5th Jasmine Music Festival, Tehran (2003). She was also trained to sing Persian Vocal Radif with Vahid Taaj and Peyman Nadimi. She has been teaching piano and vocals since 2003.

After arriving in Australia to study her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2009, Pegah formed Hezar Ava Ensemble, with the goal of introducing classical music of her country. She arranges and composes music for this ensemble.

Pegah has also been trained for Western classical singing and performed with different choirs as a soprano singer, such as those of the Queensland Music Society (QUMS) and QPAC (2010–2015), is trained for music conducting (Dr. Debra Shearer-Dirié, 2012), trained for Western classical piano (Matthew Harrison, 2013–2016) and Western classical violin (Rebecca Tzigankova, 2015–Present). 

She arranged and performed Persian Suite I and II with a symphony orchestra, Orchestra Corda Spiritus (director: Dr Stephen Wu, Brisbane, 2014–2016)

Pegah has been a member of Queensland Iranian House of Music (QLD IHOM) management committee for the first year it was established (2012–2013), as well as Iranian Musicians in Australia (IMIA) (2014–2016).

In July 2016, Pegah performed Stabat Mater by Karl Jenkins, with The Sinfonia Orchestra and Musica Antiqua Collegii Choir, as the Solo Oriental Vocalist, in Brisbane. For the first time, she arranged and performed all eastern movements in Persian traditional style.

She is a member of NSW IHOM’s Professional Council of Music (2016–Present).

Currently, Pegah is studying PhD in Music Education degree at the Sydney Conservatorium with a focus on the Persian Classical Music Pedagogy.