Dr. Peyman Shokrollahi (پیمان شکراللهی) was born in Tehran and began learning santour when he was six years old from his father. He studied maestro Payvar’s methods and Saba’s radif under the supervision of Masoud Malek. He learned improvisation from maestro Mansour Saremi; modern techniques of performance from Ardavan Kamkar; and Mirza-Abdullah’s Radif from Majid Kiani.
After immigrating to Canada in 2004, he recorded six CDs and played in many concerts in solo and ensemble. These ensembles include Pejvak, conducted by Hassan Yousefzamani; Vesal, conducted by Arjang Seyfizadeh, and National Orchestra, conducted by Kamal Taravati.
He has a field search on folklore music in Fars province, Iran. He traveled through the villages to record regional folkloric music. The results of his research have led to the recording of over 30 hours of songs.
Peyman studied music theory, songwriting, harmony, and counterpoint with Mohammad Reza Darvishi, Kiawasch SahebNassagh, Siavash Beyzai, and Kambiz Roshanravan. Furthermore, Peyman learned classical piano performance under the supervision of Lily Sarkisian.
He received his bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Shiraz University, MASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ryerson University, and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto (UofT). He is now a postdoctoral fellow at UofT, and he works on developing a micro-robotic technology for medical applications.