Kianoush Khalilian is a ney player and composer in traditional Iranian style. In 1990, he began his studies with very distinguished Iranian masters and ranked first in the nationwide Iranian schools competition for Ney Performance in 1995. He was awarded a Certificate of Traditional Iranian Music in Radif performance by maestro Hassan Nahid. Kianoush has been awarded a First Rate Ney Master Teaching Certificate from the Ministry of Art and Culture of Iran. Khalilian studied the characteristics of the ney and was able to modify the instrument and shorten its length for better performance, which received a certificate of innovation and initiative from IRAN National House of Music. He has also compiled and published technical studies and repertoire into an instructional book for the ney.