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Ehsan Khatibi was born in 1979 in Tehran. He received his first musical education with Naser Nazar, as well as music theory and composition studies with Alireza Mashayekhi in Tehran, where he also learned playing piano, violin and santur (an iranian instrument).
After studying composition at Tehran University of Art, in 2008 he started to study composition with Manfred Trojahn and also music theory with Frank Zabel, at Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. From 2014 to 2017 he completed his Master’s degree in Composition at Universität der Künste Berlin with Prof. Elena Mendoza.
He has received many scholarships, including a work scholarship of the State Berlin for new music, scholarship of Kunstraum Lukas, INMM-Darmstadt and DAAD/RSH.
Ehsan Khatibi is the founder and former conductor of the Percussion Ensemble for New Music, which won the first prize in the Competition for New Music at Tehran University in 2006.
Furthermore, from 2005 to 2007 he has worked with Iranian Orchestra for New Music in Tehran as an assistant conductor of the Iranian composer and conductor Alireza Mashayekhi.
He has collaborated with numerous prestigious perfomer such as Ensemble Laboratorium, Ensemble Mosaik, KNM Berlin, Ensemble Ascolta, Ensemble United Berlin, Ma'a lot Bläserquintett, Studio Musikfabrik, Symphonieorchester of Universität der Künste Berlin. His music has been performed on behalf of several festivals such as Dastgah Festival Hannover, MehrlichtMusik Berlin, Bläserfestival Ma'alot, OaarWurm Festival Berlin, Cairo Contemporary Music Days, ACIMC Festival Paris.
Ehsan Khatibi lives as a freelance Composer in Berlin and teaches music theory at Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf.