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Background / Short Bio

Niloufar Shiri is a Kam├óncheh player, composer, and improviser residing in Irvine, California. She performs a wide range of music from classical Persian music to improvisatory music, avent-guarde and experimental music. 


Niloufar is a graduate of the Tehran Music Conservatory where she received her diploma in the Kamancheh performance. Since 2010, she is studying and researching classical Persian music theory under the direction and supervision of Dr. Hossein Omoumi, Maseeh Professor of Music at the University of California, Irvine. In 2012, the research received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Niloufar received her bachelor with honor in composition from the University of California, San Diego where she studied composition with Professors Lei Liang, Katherina Rosenberger, and improvisation with Mark Dresser. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in integrated composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT) at University of California, Irvine where she has been awarded provost Ph.D. fellowship from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts as well as a UC Irvine Diversity Recruitment Fellowship.