- Professional Musician, Santur Performer
Sadaf Amini was born in Tehran, Iran, where, at the age of 12, she began studying the Santur, and later entered Tehran Music School. In 2012, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Iranian Music Performance from Tehran University. During her studies, she trained with the following Masters of the Santur — Said Sabet, Mina Oftadeh, Siamak Aghaei, Ardavan Kamkar, Majid Kiani, and Daryush Talaei.
In 2014, she immigrated to Canada where she received her Master’s Degree in Music Technology and Digital Media, University of Toronto, 2018.
She performed at various music festivals and received First Prize in the 2006 Fajr Music Festival for Ensembles (Iran), the 2007 Festival of Music Conservatories (Iran), the 2007 Fajr Music Festival (Iran), the 2015 Colour of Music Festival (Vancouver, Canada) ,and the 2019 YGK emerging musician competition (Kingston)
She collaborated with various ensembles at multiple concerts in Iran, Turkey, China, and Canada, leading to the following six album recordings — “Gar Chehre Benmayad” by Mohammadreza Fayaz, “Khayam and Minimal” by Pooria Shivafard, “Rishe Dar Khak” by Masih Tahvildari, “Bird Dance” by Farnaz Ohadi, “12 Pishdaramad and Reng” by Hossein Alizadeh, and “33 Pieces for the Santur” arranged by Mina Oftade.
She continues to play the Santur as a Professional Musician and to perform at concerts. She is in the process of composing, playing, recording and mixing her Santur album solely on her own.
- Master Degree in Music Technology
During her Master’s Degree at the University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) she acquired extensive knowledge and experience in acoustics, recording techniques and equipment, audio production and processing, audio quality enhancement, production of music and audio for screen and animation. She worked at Desert Fish Studios under the supervision of Jeff Wolper and other professionals in the field, recording, editing, mixing and mastering a variety of music genres, gaining expertise in 5.1 mixing in ProTools, surround mixing in ProTools, live and multi-track recording. Currently, employed at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) she is expanding her expertise in live mixing, music production, recording, editing, mixing and mastering.