Founder, director and member of the judging panel of the InterContinental Music Awards
Shahed is the founder/executive director of the InterContinental Music Awards. Based in Los Angeles, he is an award-winning artist and multimedia producer. A music industry mentor, inventor and entrepreneur, Shahed was born in Tehran, Iran. He discovered music at eight years old when he started playing the Santoor (Iranian Traditional Instrument). His fondness and talents for music composition, audio recording and creativity led him by the time he turned 18 years of age to record five patents and several prizes of invention and innovation-related festivals.
Shahed pursued his higher education in four different fields, including Information Technology as his academic major, Music Composition, Sound Engineering and Video Production. In 2009, he graduated from Southern Cross University of Australia with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. In 2010, he moved to Mediterranean to continue his education at Eastern Mediterranean University, completing two master degrees in Information Systems and Visual Arts. He also had successful activities in Media, Music and Sound Engineering with famous orchestras like Hoora Guitar Orchestra and Violet Symphonic Orchestra in Iran.
Living in multicultural environments and collaborating with talented artists from different cultures inspired Shahed in 2011 to establish the InterContinental Concert Series (ICC), which evolved into the InterContinental Music Awards (ICMA) that he executive produces today. ICMA is dedicated to honoring and promoting artists from around the world in myriad ways, while also embracing values that uplift humanity.
Music Connection Magazine featured Shahed as a multi-talented DIY artist in January 2017 and placed him among the Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists in 2016. Shahed has been granted Permanent Resident status through EB-1 (Extraordinary Ability in the field of Art) by the United States Government.