Mahyar Afshar

Mahyar Afshar

Music composer in New York City, New York

About Mahyar

Mahyar was born into an artistic family and he was exposed to classical music from an early age. His parents, who are both creatively minded, played an important role in encouraging the pursuit of his musical career.

He focused his attention on classical music at university, studying composition, then specialised in film composition during his post-graduate studies. Mahyar has always had an interest in cinema, and aims to create distinctive, memorable themes to improve the viewer’s emotive experience of a film, so that the cinematic experience stays with the audience long after they leave the theatre.

Mahyar has worked with notable directors, producers and musicians, including Philip Glass, Tristan Gurney and Catriona MacInnes. In 2011, he was selected to create a score inspired by Glass’s “Qatsi” trilogy as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Mahyar was recently chosen to represent Scotland in a Commonwealth Games concert series, alongside featured musicians from Scotland, Kenya and India. This showcased Mahyar’s respect for and understanding of traditional Celtic music, when his piece “Folk Orchestral” was performed in various locations across the UK.

Name: Mahyar Afshar

Lives in: New York City, New York

Occupation: Music Composer


  • 316

    316 (2015)
    Film by Payman Haghani (Drama and Romance) Composer An old lady goes down the memory lane. She narrates the story of her life mostly through the shoes of the people she remembers and the events of her country. She gives us the reasons why a story can be told through shoes, so well that you don't need to see their faces but you can imagine them. Written by Official Movie Site

  • A Common Relationship

    A Common Relationship (2014)
    Film by Nicholas Vafio (Short, Drama and Romance) Composer This is a story about a man and woman that after 10 years of living together they are splitting up due to another person coming in between them. How does each one of them reacts to this and how important forgiveness is when it comes to real love? Written by Nicholas

  • Mother

    Mother (2012)
    Film by David Alamouti (Short, Drama and Family) Composer Haunted by a troublesome past, Kate, a single woman in her late thirties, is determined to change the course of her life. When her plan hits a hurdle, she is forced to find an alternative she could not imagine.

  • Strangers

    Strangers (2012)
    by IO Film Productions / Tom van den Hurk Composer

  • To the Man Sleeping on Nicolson Square

    To the Man Sleeping on Nicolson Square (2011)
    by Joanna Se Va Composer

  • The Road Above

    The Road Above (2010)
    by Catriona Maclnnes (Drama and Mystery) Composer


  • Golden Jasmine Awards Nominated


  • Masters in Music For Moving Images

  • BA Music

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