Jeiran Hasan started playing the flute at age nine and was taught music by her father, a retired musician from Azerbaijan. She is in her third year of a DMA program at the University of Iowa, where she was awarded a music fellowship, and studies under Nicole Esposito.
Ms. Hasan attended the Cleveland Institute of Music for her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, studying under Mary Kay Fink and Joshua Smith. As a freshman, Jeiran performed a solo with the conservatory orchestra as a concerto competition winner. While at CIM, she was an active member of many ensembles, including the contemporary music ensemble. She also performed with the Five-One Experimental Orchestra where she was able to further perform contemporary music. Jeiran was a member of CelloCentric, an improvisatory ensemble, and performed at the Cleveland Clinic as a musical troubadour, giving performances at the hospital for patients in the waiting rooms. These opportunities led her to become artistic director of Classical Revolution: Cleveland, which is “dedicated to performing music in non-traditional settings,” such as bars and bookstores.
During her time in Cleveland, Jeiran substitute taught as a general music teacher for sixth graders at the Citizens Leadership Academy, an inner-city charter school. This teaching opportunity arose after she spent a month volunteer teaching at the Holy Trinity Music Festival in Cange, Haiti. These positions helped prepare her to be the director of the New Horizons Band’s Iowa City chapter, where she coaches and directs the band’s flute choir. Jeiran is the University of Iowa’s Teaching Assistant and Adjunct Professor of Flute at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA.
Jeiran was accepted as a two-time scholarship winner of the Critical Language Program, which sent her to Baku, Azerbaijan to further continue her musical and linguistic studies. Due to her involvement in the Azerbaijani language, Jeiran also won the Azerbaijani Society of America’s annual cultural scholarship. She received a minor in Russian language from Case Western Reserve University to supplement her studies. In December 2016, Jeiran was awarded the University of Iowa’s dissertation travel grant to complete her research in Azerbaijan in preparation for her dissertation.
An active soloist, Jeiran has won many awards and competitions. She was was the recent winner of the Kentucky Flute Society and Upper Midwest Flute Association Young Artist Competitions. In 2016, she was the Grand Prize winner of the Atlanta and Seattle Flute Club’s Young Artist Competitions and was awarded Honorable Mention in the Schubert Club Competition of Minneapolis. Jeiran has attended the Interlochen Academy of Arts summer camp, Hot Springs Music Festival, and was a member of the National Repertory Orchestra for the 2016 summer season. She will join the National Music Festival and the Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Institute for the summer 2017 season.
Ms. Hasan is a substitute member of many regional orchestras and bands in Iowa and the New World Symphony. Although she has extensive performance experience both nationally and internationally, Ms. Hasan aspires to become a full-time college-level professor after completing her dissertation on the flute music of her heritage, Azerbaijan.
Jeiran Hasan lives in Iowa City with her husband, cellist Ghyas Zeidieh. She loves animals, to travel the world, and cook.