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Mehrnoosh Zolfaghari

Mehrnoosh Zolfaghari is a professional musician, Composer,Santoor player and performer based in Finland. Although she is a multi-instrumentalist, her principal instrument is Santoor, a traditional Persian Dulcimer capable of playing numerous folk modes and “Dastgâhs” which she has been playing for over 20 years and has been teaching for more than 10 years in top music institutes in Tehran. Her artistic aim is to make Iranian music known around the world. Mehrnoosh enjoys blending traditional sounds with contemporary influences. In addition, she is interested in global music and has worked on several projects. Mehrnoosh earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music performance from University of Tehran, College of Fine Arts, Iran as class valedictorian. For years, her concentration used to be on Persian traditional music. However, during the past few years, modern contemporary music has also become one of her main areas of interest, leading to several projects and compositions merging electronic sounds into Santoor. Besides collaboration with several outstanding professors, including Joachim Heintz and Bijan Kamkar, I have been honored to win numerous prestigious national and international awards both in contemporary and traditional music, such as Gilgamesh International Composition Competition in the USA, Reza Korourian’s Composition Competition and the first round of Aref National Award in Iran. Moreover, I have compiled an extended list of publications, including albums, singles and books during my musical journey. She has also composed for theater and movies, and she recently was an actress in an Iranian movie directed by Dariush Mehrjui (La minor).

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Singing Folk music Global Music Composing & music theory Music education Music therapy Contemporary art music

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