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 





Nilou in the Middletown Press

EAST HADDAM — I-Park, New England’s leading open-air and closed-studio laboratory for creative pursuits in the arts and in nature, presents Detroit-based Akropolis Reed Quintet at a pair of all-premiere concerts, first at I-Park on Saturday at 7 p.m, then at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn, N.Y. Monday, Aug. 6, 7:30 pm.

Read the entire article HERE

5Q interview with Nilou!

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Niloufar Nourbakhsh is a versatile composer and pianist who has collaborated with Symphony Number One, Spark and Echo Project, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and many others. She has written for string quartet and orchestra, as well as for fixed media and voice, including her composition “An Aria for the Executive Order,” which is a response to the Trump administration’s Muslim ban. Aside from composing and performing, Nilou keeps busy as founder and organizer of the Iranian Female Composers Association (IFCA), which endeavors to bring together and promote the work of female-identifying composers, both from and living in Iran.

More at I Care If You Listen


EDR Foundation announces winners

Many Thanks to Emilio del Rosario Music Foundation for announcing “F I X E D HbeaRt” written for piano and live electronics as the First Prize Winner of emerging composers competition. Performance will be in Chicago as part of Thirty Ears Festival – August 2018!

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Nilou performing HbeaRt with Pianist Erika Dohi