Born in Iran and settled in Canada, Amir Amiri plays the santur, a 72-string hammer dulcimer that lies at the heart of Persian classical music.
He has collaborated with Bob Becker, Edgar Meyer and David Takeno as well as with jazz musicians Hugh Fraser, Darcy Phillip Gray, Mike Murley and John Stetch. He has worked extensively as a percussionist, composer, musical director and consultant for numerous Canadian dance and theatre companies
In 2003, Amir Amiri was awarded Artist of the Year from CBC Galaxie Rising Stars. He is a recipient of the Betty Mitchell Award for original sound design for Helens Necklace.