Van Magazine Featuring IFCA

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In November 2019, Katja Heldt from VAN Magazin had an extensive and wonderful conversation with IFCA founders about the story of IFCA and its mission.

Today, we are honored to share with you the final results of the interviews, which is a comprehensive and engaging read. click HERE to read.

Please find the curated playlist of fifteen works by IFCA composers at the end of the article!

Martyna Kosecka, Bahar RoyaiKimia Koochakzadeh-YazdiSarrSewFarzia Fallah, Elnaz Seyedi, Shiva FesharekiAftab DarvishiGolnaz ShariatzadehRojin Sharafi, Lily Shababi, Homa Samiei, Anahita Abbasi, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Aida Shirazi.

One Week With Nashville Symphony


Nashville Symphony Composer Lab & Workshop is an opportunity for young composers to hear their music performed by the Nashville Symphony, receive mentoring and feedback from orchestra professionals, and potentially earn a performance of their work on a future Nashville Symphony program.

Jared Miller – Ricochet – Reverb – Repeat
SiHyun Uhm – Ladybug in the Room
Brian Raphael Nabors – Pulse for orchestra
Niloufar Nourbakhsh – Knell
Jack Frerer – On-Again, Off-Again

IFCA at Mostly Mozart Festival


Many Thanks to Mostly Mozart Festival and International Contemporary Ensemble for hosting Iranian Female Composers Association for a sold-out evening at New York Public Library.

Reviews available from I Care if You Listen and Classical Voice America.

Niloufar at Opera Amercia Conference

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As part of “Media in 2019” panel at the Opera America Conference in San Francisco, California, alongside San Francisco Chronicle critic Joshua Kosman, Opera Philadelphia VP of Marketing & Communications Frank Luzi, founder of Verismo Communications Beth Stewart, moderated by Jeila Irdmusa, Marketing and Communications Manager of Boston Lyric Opera.

Music of Our Mothers

ELLEN GROLMAN hosts MUSIC OF OUR MOTHERS, a two-hour weekly radio show broadcasting exclusively classical compositions by women across the centuries. Music of Our Mothers airs live on WFCF, 88.5 FM, Flagler College Radio in St. Augustine, FL on Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. It also streams live on

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Nilou among recipients of Discovery Grants For Female Composers



OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation’s leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of Discovery Grants from the Opera Grants for Female Composers program, which is made possible through the generosity of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

About We the Innumerable: After the 2009 presidential election in Tehran, Iran, Roya and her husband, Siavash, become targets of the state for participating in nationwide protests against the election result. Siavash is murdered, and Roya is imprisoned and put under extreme pressure to record a confessional stating that her husband was a Revolutionary Guard force who was killed by the enemies of the state. The opera is the heroic journey of an Iranian woman who protects the truth in the face of fear and violence.

More information HERE

Nilou among the winners of Hildegard Competition

National Sawdust, the renowned Brooklyn music incubator and performing arts venue, has announced the winners of its second Hildegard Competition for emerging female, trans, and nonbinary composers:inti figgis-vizueta of the USA, Niloufar Nourbakhsh of Iran, and Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir of Iceland. All young professionals at the start of their careers, the three winners will be honored in concert on June 4 at National Sawdust, where their newly commissioned works will be premiered by the National Sawdust Ensemble, anchored by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and making its formal debut under the baton ofLidiya Yankovskaya

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Goings on about town – New Yorker

Immense thanks to New Yorker for including “Serenade to Brooklyn”

“It’s an apt headline for this program of mostly vocal works, written by a group of Brooklyn-linked composers—including the Iranian Niloufar Nourbakhsh, the Mexican-American Pamela Martinez, and Cerrone, a Long Island native—whose diversity represents the borough’s expansiveness. They convene at Brooklyn Music School on Friday”.—Fergus McIntosh

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Forward Music Project Announced

In the face of division, hashtags, and soundbites, Forward Music Project 2.0: In This Skin commissions five new multimedia works for solo cello and provides space and time for audiences to listen deeply to, interact with, and contemplate the visceral joys and struggles of women.

Composers: Paola Prestini, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Shelley Washington, Kamala Sankaram, Alex Temple

More info about Amanda Gookin and Forward Music Project 



CMS Welcomes Niloufar Nourbakhsh

The Community Music School of Webster University will welcome Niloufar Nourbakhsh as Guest Composer for their 2018-2019 Young Composers Competition.

About the Young Composers Competition

Since 2004, the Young Composers Competition (YCC) sponsored by Arden and Harry Fisher at the Community Music School of Webster University has recognized and encouraged the efforts of those 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, is an open competition which has received submissions from St. Louis and throughout the nation. MORE INFORMATION