Classical guitarist and composer Said Tinat (Said Amintinat) was born into a musical family in Iran surrounded by traditional musical influences. Initially, he was a self-taught musician who began to experiment with western styles. As a teenager, he came to the United States to pursue studies in the classical discipline.
His formal guitar studies began in Washington DC with Spencer Fellows. Over the next few years, he studied with a very diverse group of well-known musicians such as: Jeffery Meyericks, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Michael Lorrimer, Guido Santorsola and Charlie Byrd.
He received a scholarship from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University where he studied classical guitar with Ray Chester and the grand master Manuel Barrueco. It was the latter who influenced him the most in the development of his style and choice of repertoire which encompasses composers from the Renaissance period to the moderns, including compositions of his own.
After completion of his studies at The Peabody Conservatory he began a performance and teaching career. He has held teaching posts in many centers of musical education including The Brighton School of Music in the United Kingdom, the Music and Arts Institute of San Francisco and Maryland Academy of Music as well as private lesson studios in Europe and the U.S.
As a performer he has appeared at the Guitar Society of Washington and at concert series held at The American University, Music and Arts Institute of San Francisco, National Gallery of Art, The Freer Gallery, The World Bank, IMF center, Cellar Door productions, numerous embassies throughout the world and major Jazz venues such as The New Morning and Ecole Atla in Paris. In addition to both coasts of the United States, he has also resided, performed and taught guitar in the United Kingdom, France and Norway.
Apart from a solo Career, his collaboration with other international artists including his own brother Farshid Amin, has resulted in the release of several highly successful albums- Avaye Man (DC), Black Hole Buddha (DC), Banoo (L.A.), Rang-A-Rang (Toronto), Said Tinat and Daniel Da Silva, Live (Paris) are a few among many. His performance with Marjorie Lee, the solo pianist for The National Symphony Orchestra, was aired live on WGMS, a classical radio station in Washington DC. His music has been featured on the PBS television series, Adventure Divas and on French Radio Networks. Probe, an album of his own compositions won critical acclaim and for eight weeks held the first place in world music category on MP3.com.
In order to bring more breadth and depth to his compositions he spent four years immersing himself in the study of Jazz composition and arrangement with Jeane-Christophe Hoarau at the Ecole Atla in Paris, where he also studied Flamenco music under the tutelage of Claude Worms. The influence of these styles can be heard in his works "Fresh Air", an album which he recorded in Paris.
Mr. Tinat currently resides in Columbia, Md, where he holds a private studio.