Niloufar Nourbakhsh

Described as “stark” by WNPR and “masterful and haunting” by Escape Into Life journal, a winner of the Second Annual Hildegard competition and a 2019 recipient of OPERA America’s Discovery Grant, Niloufar Nourbakhsh’s music has been commissioned and performed by Symphony Number One, I-Park Foundation, PUBLIQuartet, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Cassatt Quartet, Forward Music Project and Ensemble Connect. Her work has been performed at numerous festivals and venues including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. One of the founders and directors of Iranian Female Composers Association, Nourbakhsh is a strong advocate of music education. She is currently a Teaching Artist Associate for composition students of N.Y. Philharmonic’s Young Composers program and teaches piano at Brooklyn Music School, while finishing her doctorate at Stony Brook University. 

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Featured Work: Knell

Knell is inspired by imagining the very definition of this word: “the sound made by a bell rung slowly (as for a death, funeral or a disaster).”

I aimed to depict a constant ringing bell that is re-contextualized with various evolving parallel lines that keep returning with a different orchestral color.