Sam Daghighian, a 34-year-old composer who grew up in Santa Monica and the Pacific Palisades and currently resides in Santa Monica, was named one of the winners of ERMMedia’s annual composition competition. ERMMedia is a CD label and publishing house dedicated to the music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

He is scheduled to record his winning composition Sinfonia with the Prague Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Sunday and Monday, March 4th and 5th.

Daghighian is a student of Iranian musical icon Shardad Rohani, who was the musical director for Yanni’s Live at the Acropolis.

After completing studies in piano and composition at California State University at Northridge, Daghighian composed and performed the original musical score for Babak and Friends, which tells the story of Norooz, or Iranian New Year.

Daghighian’s blend of Persian and classical score for the animated film has been recognized with several awards and is currently in the Smithsonian Museum for its cultural significance.

He has also composed for piano, orchestra and various chamber ensembles.

In ERMMedia’s contest, he competed against 350 international composers and was one of ten people selected to record and release a compact disc with the Prague Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

He was scheduled to oversee the rehearsals and recording sessions in Prague for the compact disc, which will be released worldwide this year.

“This opportunity for a member of Santa Monica’s artistic community to be recognized and heard internationally is an important and exciting event,” Daghighian said.

He has been active in Santa Monica’s musical community as a composer, teacher and student. He said he is proud to represent Santa Monica in a worldwide event.

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