Iman is a much sought after teacher in his hometown of Irvine, California. A passionate educator, he maintains a successful private teaching studio, and his students have been concertmasters and members of regional and national youth orchestras, as well as winners of solo and chamber music international and regional competitions. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and Segerstrom Hall and gone on to study at premiere institutions of higher learning such as Princeton, Columbia, Northwestern and Chapman Universities; University of Southern California; University of California Los Angeles; and California State University Long Beach.
Iman is Founder and Artistic Director of the Irvine Music Festival, a comprehensive international summer training program which attracts world-class faculty and guest artists and comprises solo, chamber music and orchestra repertoire concerts.
An active performer, Iman is a frequent recitalist in Orange County and in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan and has given violin and orchestra classes in Germany, South Korea and Japan. As a chamber musician he performs regularly with Irvine Music Festival faculty throughout the year.
Iman is conductor of the Symphony Orchestra at Irvine Valley College, where he also teaches violin and coaches chamber music. He made his conducting debut at the renowned Segerstrom Hall and continues to develop his conducting career concurrent with violin and chamber music performance and teaching.
In addition to his music accomplishments Iman earned a Master of Arts degree from Harvard University in East Asian studies. He attended the Inter-University Center for Advanced Japanese Studies in Yokohama, Japan, also doing summer research as a translator for the Saito Kinen Matsumoto Festival led by Seiji Ozawa. Iman received Harvard’s esteemed Joseph Fletcher Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduation Thesis, writing on the film music of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.
Born in Tehran, Iran and immigrating to the United States as a child, Iman began violin studies at age of eleven and quickly displayed promise, two years later becoming a student of Erick Friedman, prized pupil of Jascha Heifetz. He made his concerto debut with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra at age sixteen. A graduate of the Peabody Institute, Rice University, and New England Conservatory, he counts among his major teachers Mr. Friedman, William R. Kennedy, Sylvia Rosenberg, Kathleen Winkler and Masuko Ushioda. He studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Orion, and Borromeo string quartets, and has performed in masterclasses for Zakhar Bron, Koichiro Harada and Joseph Silverstein.