AFARIN MANSOURI 

COMPOSER   PRODUCER  SINGER   RESEARCHER

 
 
    Toronto based award winning composer, Afarin Mansouri, has a wide range of composition repertoire from solo and chamber music to orchestral and operas. Her music is described as “New fusion of music, representing the many different emotions” - (Opera Canada)

    Her compositions have been performed nationally and internationally.  In 2018, Afarin’s  opera “Forbidden” gained national and international attention by Globe and Mail and BBC world and BBC farsi program TAMASHA made a short documentary about her opera. She has collaborated with various ensembles, organizations and festivals including Tapestry Opera, National Ballet of Canada, Canadian Arts Song Project, Bay Symphony Orchestra, Cathedral Bluff Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Tirgan Festival, Nuit Blanche, KW Open Ears Festival, ICOT, Windago Choir and Ensemble, TorQ Percussion Ensemble, Rhodes College New Music Festival, Canadian Music Centre,  St Augustine Duo and Fajr Music Festival. 
    
.She is the recipient of multiple Music Creation Grant from Toronto Arts Council including her Children’s operetta “Little Heart” which is recorde and published by Centredisc. ,

    Afarin holds a PhD in music and currently teaches various music programs including composition, piano, voice and opera. 

  As a musicologist, she has presented her musical research at many national and international music conferences including Institute of Musical Research, London, UK. She has been invited by Canadian Opera Company to perform multiple workshops and pre-talks on productions such as La Boheme and Turandot.

As a soprano, Afarin has collaborated with Toronto Culture Days, Tirgan Festival and Iranian-Canadian Composers  of Toronto presentig her compositions sung in Farsi.
 
    As an advocate of new music and diversity and equity in Art, Afarin has collaborated with different organizations’ Boards of Directors such as  Canadian League of Composer (CLC),  Canadian Opera Company and North York Arts.

As a producer and Artistc Director, Afari was the co-founder and Artistic Director of Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT) from 2011-2019,  and has produced more than 30 concerts and programs of new music in Toronto. (www.icot.ca)
    She is also founder and director of MUSIC NEST, an organization dedicated to educate and inspire families and children by offering various fun musical programs she has developed through years of studies and practice. 

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