Composer and pianist Sahba Aminikia is foremost an artist, whose view of the arts as one inseparable entity informs his broad body of work.

Born in Tehran , Iran Aminikia studied music composition in Russia at the St. Peterersburg State Conservatory under Boris Ivanovich Tishchenko, a post-graduate student of Dmitry Schostakovich. In his homeland, Aminikia studied under renowned Iranian pianists Safa Shahidi and Gagik Babayan. He was perhaps most influenced by work with his first teacher and reknown composer , Dr.Mehran Rouhani, a post-graduate of Royal Academy of Music and former student of Sir Michael Tippett.

Aminikia currently lives and studies in the United States, forging a unique creative path through cultural boundaries and continuing to learn from other's musical concepts. He is a student of David Conte and David Garner and also have studied with Conrad Susa at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

In his work, Aminikia draws influence from jazz, Russian contemporary composition and, most importantly to him, the traditional melodies of Iran. These he increasingly incorporates into his original musical language, relying on them to establish a grounded voice in the vast world of contemporary music.

He is the recipient of many various commissions from theatre troops to concert music ensembles, Persian traditional music groups to jazz bands and sees these as opportunities to further establish a unique communication between himself and international audiences. Aminikia has recently finished working on his third string quartet "A Threnody for Those Who Remain" commissioned for Kronos Quartet by Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts and Kronos Arts Association. You can read more about it here.
His second string quartet was praised by John Adams in a recent master class as "fabulous, colorful and persuasive".