Yasaman Ghodsi is an Iranian composer, multi-instrumentalist, visual artist, and educator. Her creative journey is deeply rooted in Persian art and culture and is inspired by themes of migration and identity. With a MA in Music Composition from Tufts University (2022) and a BA in Painting from Alzahra University (2018), Yasaman’s multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural background has created a sense of exploration and introspection in her work.
She has scored two short documentaries from Half the History project, produced by Five Sisters Production and directed by Jennifer Burton: Margaret Lothrop and the Wayside and Shirley Chisholm, Catalyst for Change: a Portrait in Eight Parts. Additionally, she was commissioned by Loadbang ensemble to write a piece in collaboration with Iranian Female Composers Association (ICFA), for which she composed music for two of Baba Taher's poems named Exile and You Are Everywhere.
In response to feelings of homesickness, she is currently composing a series of piano solo pieces named "Prelude for Home." She is also working on her first painting collection as a reflection of her new life in the United States. Prior to her relocation, her paintings were featured in solo and group exhibitions in her hometown Tehran.
Yasaman has studied composition with John McDonald and Kiawasch Sahebnasagh, orchestration with Kareem Roustom, Harmony with Randall Woolf, piano with Rasool Akbari, and setar with Ali Asghar Bayani and Nima Janmohammadi. Yasaman has had the privilege of having Saeed Ravanbakhsh as her visual art/painting and new media instructor.
Yasaman is passionate about education. She teaches piano and music theory and was a co-instructor for several courses at Tufts University including: Intro to Theory & Musicianship, Music on Film: Film on Music, Intro to World Music, and Intro to Oil Painting. In her spare time, she enjoys reading poetry and practicing taichi and qigong.