Iranian flutist Mehrdad Gholami recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in flute performance at TCU. Dr. Gholami has served as principal flute with Tehran Symphony Orchestra, is a prize winner of several solo and chamber music competitions, and recipient of Iran’s National Councours of Arts at 18 years old. From an early age, he played with numerous contemporary ensembles and worked with Iranian and American composers to premiere and record new sounds for flute. These collaborations can be heard in numerous recordings as well as the first compilation of Iranian pieces for flute and various ensembles, published by the University of Tehran and Iran Flute Society. Dr. Gholami is passionate about education; he teaches private lessons in Fort Worth and serves as the coordinator for the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra’s chamber music program.  Recent performances include Judith Shatin’s Flute Concerto with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble during his third summer residency as ACE’s flute fellow.