Born in Tehran, Hamed Garschi is a German-Iranian conductor and pianist. Initially studying Piano and Clarinet at Tehran’s University of Music and Performing Arts, he won prizes for his performances as piano soloist, répétiteur, chamber musician, song accompanist and clarinet player. He performed as a soloist and as member of various orchestras and ensembles including Tehran Symphony Orchestra, Iran’s National Orchestra, The Youth Symphony Orchestra, The Wind Orchestra and Tehran Opera Ensemble. In 2012, Garschi started his conducting studies at the Cologne Academy of Music under Prof. Michael Luig, Prof. Stephan E Wehr, Prof. Alexander Rumpf, and received his Master’s degree with honors in 2018. He attended master classes of Prof. Philippe Entremont (Paris), Johannes Schaefli
(University of Music, Zurich), Prof. Nicolás Pasquet (Liszt School of Music, Weimar), Prof. Mark Stringer (University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna), Prof. Karl Heinz Bloemecke (University of Music, Detmold), Jun Märkl, Peter Eötvös, and maestro Kurt Masur. During his studies he was a fellow at the Richard Wagner Foundation and headed the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, the Orchester Philharmonique de Nice, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the South Westphalia Philharmonic, the Ruse Opera and Philharmonic Society, the Thalia-Saal Philharmonie, the Bergische Symphoniker, Tirana Radio and Television Orchestra, and the Bucharest Symphony
Orchestra. Garschi has been the assistant-conductor to Dirk Kaftan at the Bonn Opera, Heinz Holliger at the Cologne Academy of Music, Prof. Alexander Rumpf and Toshiyuki Kamioka. He was in 2017 nominated for the german conductor award and conducting WDR Symphony Orchestra and Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne. He became in 2018 the semifinalist at the Antal Doráti International Conducting Competition in Budapest. In 2018 he became an interpreter and conductor for the international music festival, Eight Bridge in Cologne and has made many world premiers at the Cologne Philharmonic, conducting the Cologne University of Music’s Symphony Orchestra. Since 2017, Hamed Garschi has been chief conductor of the young symphony orchestra Wetzlar. As a répétiteur, Garschi has gained a vast experience in the field of music theatre and opera literature. He has accompanied many opera singers and taken part in productions such as Magic Flute, Hansel
and Gretel, Bat, L'elisir d'amore , L’Enfant et les Sortileges and Frieschütz. He has also been a solo répétiteur, as well as Kapellmeister at the Landestheatre Coburg in productions such as : Carmen, Fledermaus, Wonderaland, the Magic Flute, Parsifal and Rheingold. Since 2022, Hamed Garschi has been working as principal guest conductor with the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, the Coburg Philharmonic, and the Südwestfalen Philharmonic.
Since the summer of 2023, Garschi has been the musical director of the City Youth Symphony Orchestra Cologne.