Golnar Shahyar is an Iranian/Canadian vocalist, performer, composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Vienna and Berlin. Her grace and longing, combined with the expressive frenzy of her singing together with her playful approach to improvisation, are Shahyar’s unique musical signatures. A true master vocalist whose ability to combine different music styles and cultures and performances create an atmosphere where authenticity, vulnerability, and empathy are celebrated as strengths.
After getting her bachelor degree in Biology in Toronto, Canada, she moved to Vienna in 2008 to pursue her dream of becoming a musician.
Her international career took off quickly while finishing her bachelor degree in singing, music education, and guitar at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Since then, she has been the bandleader and lead singer of Sormeh (Austrian World Music Nominenee, European World Music Charts), Choub, Sehrang as well as her currently active bands Gabbeh, Golnar & Mahan Trio WOMEX 2020 Selection, NASOM selection) and GolNar. Collaborations include various internationally renowned musicians such as Erkan Ogur and Alain Perez, both on stage and in music productions as well as solo performances with ORF Radio Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Trickster Orchestra.