Born in Tehran, Mehrdad Gholami started his music training at an early age. After winning the first place in Iran’s biggest national competition (National Concours), he received Presidential Award and Iran’s National Elites Foundation scholarship to continue his training at the University of Tehran, where he studied with Dr. Azin Movahed.
During his time in Tehran, Mehrdad won numerous solo and chamber music competitions in Iran such as Fadjr International Music Festival, Iran Young Artists Competition, and Tehran Flute Competition. In the U.S., He has won the TCU concerto competition as well as being a finalist in Texas Flute Society’s Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition.
Inspired by Tehran Music Group under the direction of Iranian prominent composer, Alireza Mashayekhi, Mehrdad started working with different composers and devoted his time to commission, premiere and record new sounds for flute with various ensembles. These collaborations with Iranian composers led to the creation of more than 40 new pieces for flute with different ensembles and electronic sounds. His first solo album was published by his Alma mater, University of Tehran, in a joint project with Iran Flute Society. This recording is the first recording of Iranian contemporary flute music presenting different styles of Iranian composers. He has appeared in recordings in various genres ranging from contemporary classical music to world music and pop music. Some of these pieces have received acclamation around the world such as Italy, United States, Germany, and France. Mehrdad was invited to premiere two pieces in National Flute Association's convention in San Diego, California, August 2016. Mehrdad’s efforts in presenting, performing and publishing new Iranian music has led to a growth of compositions for flute by Iranian composers.
As an orchestral player, he started with Tehran’s ensembles such as Yarava Modern Ensemble, Tehran Contemporary Ensemble, Tehran City Hall Orchestra and Tehran Symphony. Later, he came back to work with TSO as their principal flute player under the direction of Maestro Alexander Rahbari for the 2015’s summer season. Other orchestral appearances include Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra (Los Angeles, Disney Hall debut), Fort Worth symphony and McKinney Philharmonic.
A recipient of Susan and Ford Schumann fellowship in 2017, Mehrdad attended Aspen Music Festival, where he served as Aspen Contemporary Ensemble (ACE) flute fellow and studied with Nadine Asin, Mark Sparks and Demarre McGill for three consecutive summers (2017-19). In August 2019, Mehrdad made his solo debut with Aspen Contemporary Ensemble performing Judith Shatin’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (Ruah).
After leaving Iran in 2013, He has completed his master’s degree at Texas Christian University (15’) with Dr. Shauna Thompson. He received TCU’s chancellor's STARS scholarship to pursue his doctoral degree in Flute performance at TCU (completed in May 2019). As a portion of his DMA document, Mehrdad has published the first article in English about the history of Western music in Iran.
Mehrdad has had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses or work with artists such as Marina Piccinini, Mark Sparks, Erik Gratton, Lisa Garner Santa, Ransom Wilson, Aralee Dorough, Demarre McGill, Bart Feller, Jim Walker, Alexa Still and Jake Fridkis.