Pedram Diba (b.1993) is an Iranian-American composer of acoustic, acousmatic, and mixed music residing in Chicago, IL. His professional history includes awards such as first-prize winner at the Frost International Composition Competition, third-prize winner of the Untwelve Microtonal Composition Competition, and the honorable mention for the 16th Sun River Prize.
Diba's music has been showcased in festivals and conferences such as Festival Plurisons, SEAMUS, IRCAM Forum, CIRMMT-ACTOR Symposium, Festival Temporel, NOVA Contemporary Meeting, and New Music Gathering among others.
Since 2019, Diba has been a member of the Analysis, Creation, and Teaching of Orchestration (ACTOR) Project. Through ACTOR, Diba has participated in and initiated various research-creation projects such as the CORE Ensemble Project, Musicians Auditory Perception (MAP) and Space As Timbre (SAT). His work with ACTOR has also led to a peer-reviewed publication in 2022, which he co-authored with the MAP team.
Diba completed his B.M. in composition at the University of Oregon where he received the prize of Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar in Composition. Later, he received the Max Stern Fellowship in Music to attend McGill University, where he completed his M.M. in composition under the supervision of Philippe Leroux. Currently, Diba is pursuing his Ph.D. in composition and music technology at Northwestern University with Alex Mincek, Hans Thomalla, and Jay Alan Yim. He is also one of the selected composers to participate in the Cursus de composition et d’informatique musicale at IRCAM in Paris for 2023-2024.
Diba's music is published by BabelScores in both digital and printed formats.