Fantasia On One Note immediately appealed to me for its simplicity, clarity, and effective piano writing. It was obviously a work by a talented composer who was not afraid not show his own voice.
Peter Jablonski, classical pianist, 2022
Farhad Poupel’s music immediately captures the audience’s attention. Whether ethereal or intense, the harmonies and melodies are fused with love, passion, and colorful sonic landscape.
Jeffrey Biegel, classical pianist, 2020
Poupel is knowledgeable, highly competent and a serious musical thinker. It will be rewarding to follow his progress.
Simon Mundy, International Festival Review, 2019
Farhad Poupel is a UK-based Iranian composer, whose works are frequently performed in many prestigious international venues and festivals by today’s leading musicians, which include Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan; La Roque-d’Anthéron Piano Festival, France; Biarritz Festival, France; Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Art, Brno, Czech Republic; Karlskrona International Piano Festival, Sweden; by such distinguished artists such as Peter Jablonski, Daniel Grimwood, Kotaro Fukuma, Jean-Francois Bouvery, Jeffrey Biegel, Margaret Fingerhut, Catherine Carby, Kristýna Znamenáčková, and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Canada. His works have been broadcast on the NPR Radio 4, Netherlands.
The critical acclaim which his music continues to receive worldwide led to commissions such as Road to Bach for solo piano by Kotaro Fukuma, The Legend of Bijan and Manijeh for piano, choir, and orchestra, to be premiered by Windsor Symphony Orchestra and Jeffrey Biegel, and Dance of the Butterfly and Flame for Violin and Piano by Margaret Fingerhut and Bradley Creswick.
Poupel was born in Isfahan, Iran, where he began his musical education by studying the Persian Dulcimer (santur) and piano. He was mentored in harmony, counterpoint, and composition by the great Iranian composer Saeed Sharifian, and in 2019 had his international professional debut with Zayande-Rud for string orchestra, performed by Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Canada. His music has been in demand internationally ever since.
Farhad Poupel is currently the holder of the prestigious Global Talent visa which allows him to work on a range of composition projects with international community of musicians.
February 2022. Not to be altered without permission.