Our Conductor

Peter SudburySaman Shahi, Music Director

Sam Shahi is a professional conductor, composer and music educator.  A pianist by training, Sam is active in classical music, new music, Iranian traditional music, rock and electronic music. Sam's compositions, including some short film scores, have been performed in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. As a pianist and conductor, Sam has been an avid performer and advocate of new music in Toronto, and he regularly performs with a variety of ensembles and individual musicians. Sam is an affiliate Member of the Canadian League of Composers, an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre, as well as a SOCAN member. He is also one of the founders and the executive director for the Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT), a 7 year old art organization that bridges cultures through music and art. Sam is an active member of the Circle Music Band, a rock fusion group in Toronto. He had the privilege of serving as a judge at the Juno Awards 2019 in the Classical music, Large Ensemble section.