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Guitarist Lily Afshar gives solo performances at Fajr fest

TEHRAN, Dec. 23 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian head of guitar studies at the University of Memphis in Tennessee, Lily Afshar gave a solo performance on Saturday at the Honar Cultural Center.

Participating in the international section of the 23rd Fajr International Music Festival, Afshar's performance was in two parts and contained several pieces by world famous guitarists.

In the first part, she played pieces by Isaac Albeniz, Agustin Barrios, Joaquin Rodrigo and Carlo Domeniconi.

She later performed the pieces "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" by Francisco Tarrega and "Sevilla" by Benito Canonico.

Afshar concluded her performance with a piece by Isaac Albeniz. Tonight she will give her second performance at the Niavaran Cultural Center.

Lily Afshar has been influenced by Andrés Segovia (1893-1987), who reestablished the guitar as a major instrument for concert music. She was among the twelve international guitarists selected to play for Segovia in his master classes at the University of Southern California.

Afshar's attachment to Segovia led her to accomplish a task that the maestro had left undone due to his age. She recorded the sheet music written by Italian-born U.S. composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco inspired by Los Caprichos, a series of etchings created by the Spanish painter and printmaker Francisco de Goya. Thus her first album, "24 Caprichos de Goya, Op. 195", was created in 1994.

She infrequently releases recordings. Her other credits include "A Jug of Wine and Thou" (1999), "Possession" (2002) and "Hemispheres" (2006).

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