Hoda Jahanpour is an Iranian, Slovak undergraduate cellist at the Royal Northern College of Music currently studying with Nicholas Jones. She previously studied with Jozef Luptak, and Martin Tazky and has enjoyed masterclasses with Tilmann Wick, Robert Cohen, Lazlo Fenyo, and Thomas Demenga.
She has been privileged to perform concertos with the Bohdan Warchal Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra under the conductor Leoš Svárovsky. Additionally, she has been honoured to perform for Prince Edward in 2017 at the National Council.
Hoda has held principal positions in the Slovak National Youth Orchestra and RNCM Opera. She partook in a Professional Engagement Scheme with the Brno Philharmonic in 2017, and has had the privilege of performing in the Berlin Konzerthaus in 2019 as part of the Young Euro Classic festival. Other festivals in which she has performed include the International Chamber Music Festival ‘Konvergencie’ and ‘Pohoda’ – Slovakia’s biggest music festival.
As a chamber musician and member of the Abelo quartet, she has received specialist coaching with members of the Elias Quartet, Trio Gaspard, and the Karenine Trio. Hoda does not shy away from unconventional ensembles and has been very eager to participate in any opportunities that come her way – most recently, founding a cello, saxophone, and guitar trio. She is also a two-time winner of the Gold Prize at the Musica Camerata Jan Albrecht national chamber music competition.
Hoda is determined to apply music as a means of contributing to societal transformation. She has performed in events ranging from those celebrating whistleblowers to concerts advocating open boarders during the refugee crisis. In 2018, Hoda co-founded the RNCM Climate Action Group with an aim to make the RNCM a sustainable space where music can be utilised to fight the climate crisis.
Hoda enjoys interweaving world music and jazz into her improvisations and compositions. She loves to collaborate with other arts to create multimedia experiences and is interested in learning about the role of technology in contemporary music.