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Lily Afshar


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Lily Afshar is an Iranian-born, U.S.-based classical guitarist.

Born in Tehran, she began learning the guitar when she was ten years old. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree in guitar performance from The Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory of Music, and gained a doctorate in guitar performance at Florida State University. She has studied at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts and the Aspen Music Festival. She received Diplomas of Merit from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and was selected to play for Andrés Segovia in his master classes held at the University of Southern California.

Afshar’s collaborations with international composers have resulted in premieres of new works by Reza Vali, Garry Eister, Gerard Drozd, Loris Chobanian, Arne Mellnas, Kamran Ince, Barbara Kolb, Marilyn Ziffrin, David Kechley, and Salvador Brotons.

Currently, Afshar is head of the University of Memphis guitar programme, where she received the 2000 Board of Visitors Eminent Faculty Award. She regularly conducts guitar master classes in conjunction with her touring. Her recordings of 24 Caprichos de Goya, op. 195, by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and A Jug of Wine and Thou were released on Summit Records. Her latest recordings, Possession and Hemispheres, were released on Archer Records. Her Five Popular Persian Ballads is published by Mel Bay Editions, Inc.

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لیلی افشار متولد تهران، آمریکایی ایرانی تبار، و از نوازندگان بزرگ گیتار کلاسیک در جهان است. و برای چندین سال بعنوان بهترین نوازنده گیتار کلاسیک جهان انتخاب شده است.

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