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CMS Hosts Guest Composer Niloufar Nourbakhsh

Niloufar NourbakhshThe Community Music School of Webster University is pleased to welcome guest composer Niloufar Nourbakhsh on Saturday, March 23rd as part of their day of culminating events for the Young Composers Competition sponsored by Arden and Harry Fisher.

At 10:00 a.m., Ms. Nourbakhsh will join forces with audience members and competition winners to make a graphic score by drawing melodies and outlining colorful blocks of harmonies for interpretation through a collective improvisation as an iPhone Drone Orchestra.

At 3:00 p.m., she will perform her work FIXED HbeaRt as part of the Emerging Composers Concert which also features the winning works from the CMS Young Composers Competition.

In addition to the workshop and performance of her work, Ms. Nourbakhsh will meet with winning composers to discuss their work and give individual feedback.  Both the 10:00 a.m. workshop and the 3:00 p.m. concert are free and open to the public.  The workshop will take place in Room 10 of the CMS Center located at 535 Garden Avenue and the concert will be in the same building in the CMS Concert Hall.  Parking is available at the Garden Plaza Parking Garage at 568 Garden Avenue in Webster Groves.  

Described as "stark" by WNPR, Iranian composer Niloufar Nourbakhsh's music has been commissioned and performed by Symphony Number One, Spark and Echo Project, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Pianist Erika Dohi for Metropolis Ensemble Piano Series, Calidore and Cassatt String Quartets, and Invoke Quartet at numerous festivals, Atlantic Music Festival, Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music, SPLICE institute, New Music for Strings, MusLab electroacoustic festival in Mexico, University of Tennessee Contemporary Festival and more.

Nilou is founder of Iranian Female Composers Association and a strong advocate of music education. She has worked as the site coordinator of Brooklyn Middle School Jazz Academy sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center. She is currently a Teaching Artist for NY Philharmonic Very Young Composers program and teaches piano at Brooklyn Music School. This summer, she will be working with Akropolis Reed Quintet for a new piece as part of I-Park Foundation Artist in Residence.            

Nilou is a Global Citizen Scholarship recipient of Goucher College as well as a Mahoney and Caplan Scholar from University of Oxford. Among her teachers are Lisa Weiss, Laura Kaminsky, Daniel Weymouth and Daria Semegen. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate degree in music composition at Stony Brook University under the supervision of Sheila Silver. 

Since 2004, the Community Music School of Webster University's Young Composers Competition has recognized and encouraged the efforts of musicians between the ages of 12 and 21 who are involved in the creative process of composing music.  This program, unique to the St. Louis region and international in scope, is an open competition which has received submissions from throughout the nation and internationally from countries like China and Armenia.  Awardees have their works performed by professional musicians in a public concert that is professionally recorded, a written critique of their work and a conference with a nationally-recognized guest composer.   Past guest composers have included Claude Baker, Zack Browning, John Cheetham, Dino Constantinides, Steven Dankner, Beth Denisch, Don Freund, Lansing McLoskey, James Mobberly, Shulamit Ran, Jared Spears, and Chen Yi.