Farhad is an Edmonton-based composer and santur player. He has been described by the Calgary Herald as “ … A fine instrumentalist who is musical in every way. It was a pleasure to hear his work, combining fine improvisational qualities with his command of the instrumentally attractive, melodically alluring sounds of his santur.”
In 2017, Farhad received an Edmonton Arts Council grant to record his debut album titled Sleeping in Sorrow. The album was shortlisted for the Edmonton Music Prize in 2017, and nominated for the Edmonton Music Awards and the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2018.
Farhad released his sophomore album titled Mosàfer in 2020 – A santur and percussion duo that translates some of the deepest existential Persian poetries into instrumental music. In this work, Farhad has explored sounds and textures through experimenting with different techniques and effects on his instrument, the santur, and on percussion played by Daniel Stadnicki.