Shohreh grew up in the little town of Shahroud, northeast Iran, in the time of the Islamic Republic during which music was prohibited and the only way to learn music was training privately with former professional musicians.

At the age of 20 Shohreh started training on the piano and music theory with Mostafa Pourtorab. She had to travel 8 to 12 hours to reach the teacher’s house in Tehran to have lessons, which she did for four years. She went on to train with Hinush Makarian and Vartan Sahakian. Following her training, Shohreh played for Iranian Television and Radio (the national broadcaster) for over four years, recording for children’s programmes, radio shows and film scores.

She moved to the UK in 1993 where she studied piano with Bernard d’Ascoli, Eleanor Harris, and Roger Green at Trinity College, London, receiving her Teacher’s Diploma (LTCL) from Trinity College, London in 1997. Shohreh spent 9 years living in Belgium working as a teacher and performer. She now resides in Canterbury teaches, performs in the UK, Europe and Iran. Shohreh continues her orchestration studies with Professor Matthew King .

Shohreh Shakoory Curriculum Vitae

Compositions and performing

  • As a pianist, composer, and accompanist I have had many  recitals at venues in London including Purcell Room, Conway Hall, Leighton House and Cochrane Theatre.
  • I performed my compositions in the 2017 Canterbury Music Festival.
  • The past 6 years I have been focusing on performing  my compositions in Belgium, France and UK.
  • The past 3 years I have been working on a large project for children, composing for an orchestra towards a multi-media work called Zal and Phoenix.

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  • Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL)


  • Tuition in piano, theory and musicianship since 1983.
  • Providing piano and musicianship masterclasses in Belgium and Iran at various musical institutes and privately.
  • Substitute music teacher (2006-2009) at Antwerp International School (AIS)..
  • Teaching children piano and music at various Saturday schools in London, including Rostam School in North London.

Broadcasting and recording

  • Two compositions were recorded and broadcast on Iranian television (Seda Va Sima) and radio (Payam) in 1998.
  • Participated in a concert which was recorded on CD for the Medical Foundation charity (1997).
  • Worked on recording studios on Iranian Television and Radio for children’s programmes, and film music (1987-1992).
  • I have had several interviews with newspapers in the UK, Belgium, Slovenia, and Iran.