Arash Rokni Pianist

Arash Rokni was born in Tehran, Iran. His mother’s attempts to learn the traditional Iranian instrument “setar” and his father’s interest in Western classical music sparked his interest in music. Arash attended the Tehran Music School under the direction of Tamara Dolidze, who was a great inspiration for the path Arash has since taken.

After being encouraged in Armenia by Giorgi Raphaelowitch Avanesov and Ashot Ghazarian, he began his studies with Markus Tomas at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig and later with Claudio Martinez Mehner at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. He is also mentored by Nina Tichman (piano) and Anthony Spiri (chamber music).

Arash has also had the privilege of working frequently with  Andreas Staier and also with Ferenc Rados, Rita Wagner, Andreas Kemenes, Mahan Esfahani, and Robert Levin.

He has given concerts and participated in festivals and competitions in Iran, Armenia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Denmark. He won the fourth prize at the “Aarhus International Piano Competition” and the second prize and audience award at the “21st Johann Sebastian Bach Competition” in Leipzig, Germany.
Since his success at the Bach Competition, Arash has performed as a soloist in major halls such as the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, Schumann Saal Düsseldorf, BASF Ferienhaus and NDR Sendesaal Hannover.

His performances have been broadcast by WDR, MDR and NDR. 

Arash is very active in the field of chamber music. Together with pianist Julia Polinskaja, he founded the piano duo “Noema” and gave concerts in Germany and Spain and was awarded the scholarship of the German Music Council in 2022.

His interest in 18th and 19th-century performance practice led him to study fortepiano with Gerald Hambitzer and to receive regular instruction from Andreas Staier and Michael Borgstede (harpsichordist) in Cologne, and he has since been heard in numerous performances on period keyboard instruments. His debut CD, recorded on a fortepiano and a modern piano, received positive reviews and was nominated for the Opus Klassik 2020.

Arash is currently a Professor-Assistant in the University of Music and Dance Cologne and a Substitut- Professor at the University of Music, Theater and Media Hannover.

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Upcoming Events

  • April 1, 2023 April 2, 2023 Premiere recording of "Stück für zwei Klaviere" by H.Sardaryan (Duo Noema) Aachen, Cologne
  • May 3, 2023 Recital at Mercoledì Pianistici Elisarion (Schubert,Bach, Mosolov) Locarno
  • May 7, 2023 Andernacher Musiktage 2023, Works by Schumann, Schubert (Duo Noema) Andernach
  • June 4, 2023 Video recording, Works by W.A.Mozart with Duo Noema Cologne, Germany
  • July 8, 2023 July 16, 2023 Pau Casals Festival El Vendrell
  • October 13, 2023 Recital with Works by L.V.Beethoven, Kurtag and D'Anglebert Stuttgart, Steinway Haus
  • January 25, 2024 Concert mit Duo Noema. Works by Stravinsky, Schnittke and Sardaryan Stuttgart, Steinway Haus
  • January 8, 2025 Recital at Valletta Baroque Festival (A.Scarlatti, Bach, Byrd) Valletta, Malta

Past Events

  • March 25, 2023 Concert with Ensemble M.A.D (Schönberg and Beethoven) Sinngewimmel Cologne, Germany
  • March 10, 2023 Recording with works by A.Schnittke (Duo Noema) Aachen
  • December 17, 2022 Video recording with Oliver Herbert, Cello Cologne, Germany
  • November 12, 2022 November 16, 2022 Masterclass with Andreas Staier and Peter Wollny Beethoven Haus-Bonn
  • September 3, 2022 Fortepiano-Cello Recital with Oliver Herbert Cellist, Beethoven Sonatas Op.5 Kerpen, Germany
  • August 5, 2022 Recital with works by Bach, Schubert, Schumann und Brahms Toulouse
  • August 3, 2022 Recital with works by Bach, Schubert, Schumann und Brahms Prieuré La Réole Gironde
  • July 19, 2022 Schubert with Aidan Mikdad Sala Argenta, Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria
  • July 15, 2022 Schubert with Miklós Perényi Sala Argenta, Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria
  • July 13, 2022 Piazzola, Guastavino and De Falla with Bernarda Fink Sala Argenta, Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria
  • June 29, 2022 June 30, 2022 Recording works by Brahms and Schumann on a Blüthner 1880 Cologne
  • June 13, 2022 June 17, 2022 Recital on the Board of Sea Cloud Spirit Cruise Ostende-Hamburg
  • June 11, 2022 Complete Brahms sonatas for Violin and Piano with Anna Melkonyan Brahms House, Hamburg
  • May 29, 2022 Mahler With "Das Neue Orchester" WDR Funkhaus
  • May 21, 2022 Zimmermann's Monologe with Duo Noema Musik-Akademie Basel
  • February 6, 2022 Rezital in Wasserschloss Hausmarck Haus Marck
  • January 29, 2022 Private Recital in Geneva Geneva
  • January 26, 2022 Video Recording with M.A.D Ensemble Cologne
  • January 18, 2022 Beethoven Quintett in der Reihe Spitzentöne Cologne, University of Music and Dance
  • December 18, 2021 Recital at Bürgermeisterhaus Essen
  • November 16, 2021 November 20, 2021 CD recording
  • November 7, 2021 Rezital in Wasserschloss Hausmarck Wasserschloss Haus Marck
  • October 26, 2021 House Concert with Amia Janicki Geneva
  • October 23, 2021 House Concert with Amia Janicki Fontainebleau
  • September 8, 2021 September 18, 2021 Leeds Piano Competition 2021 Leeds University
  • August 22, 2021 Concerto with Sinfonietta Köln and Cornelius Frowein
  • August 22, 2021 Concerto with Sinfonietta Köln and Cornelius Frowein Erftstadt
  • June 9, 2021 BÖG Stiftung, Unterer Rheinweg 26, Basel Museum Kleines Klingental
  • October 30, 2020 Bachfest Eisenach Nikolaikirche Eisenach
  • October 17, 2020 Cologne , Germany Chamber music hall, University of Music and Dance, Cologne
  • October 11, 2020 Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany BASF-Feierabendhaus
  • February 22, 2020 Recital with Works by Mossolov, Brahms,Bach,Rameau Gewandhaus zu Leipzig
  • December 6, 2019 Recital with Works by Mossolov, Brahms,Bach,Rameau and Hindemith Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg
  • December 5, 2019 Recital Schumann Saal, Düsseldorf
  • December 3, 2019 Recital NDR Kleiner Sendesaal, Hannover


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