Golnar Shahyar is a European based Iranian/Canadian vocalist, composer, lyricist and music educator. "I call myself a contemporary vocalist and improvisor and I specialise in diversifying musical language with reference to my musical roots and identity." - Says Golnar Shahyar aka. GolNar. After getting her bachelor degree in Biology in Toronto, Canada, she moved to Vienna in 2008 to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. In a short space of time, she entered the international stages and festivals while finishing her studies in voice performance and music education, minoring guitar performance, at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Her dedication to constantly create new cultural and musical dialogs in her work brought her many collaborations with various internationally renowned musicians such as Erkan Ogur and Alain Perez, both on stage as well as in music production. As the lead singer of her bands, Sormeh, Choub, Gabbeh, Sehrang, Golnar & Mahan and her solo act GolNar, she has co-produced and published four CDs, has won many nominations and been selected by NASOM program 6 years in the row to represent Austrian music scene world wide.
Shahyar has also performed as soloist with ORF Radio Symphonie Orchestra in Hollywood in Vienna as well as Trickster Orchestra. As performer and composer, she collaborated in various dance and theatre productions with Volkstheater Wien, Wiener Konzerthaus (Jeunesse), Vienna Art History Museum (Wenn Es Soweit Ist Productions) and Tanzlabor Labyrinth Productions and was invited as coach and music/workshop director in festivals such as “Common Sound Festival” (Deutsche Oper Berlin) and “Female Voice of Iran Festival” (Zeitgenößische Oper Berlin). As a transcultural artist, Shahyar has been invited as a guest speaker in the "Human Rights Day" at the university of Music and Performing Arts Vienna to discuss human rights in the context of music and culture as well as Gate of Tehran festival in Berlin to discuss the Iranian independent music scene.
Being for almost 10 years in the field of music, performance and education, Golnar Shahyar is considered to be a multifaceted musician who has put quality, dialog, personal expression and storytelling at the core of her artistic work.