Source: Children of Persia
Children of Persia is Proud to Present:
Vocal and Piano Recital
Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 5 pm
Gaston Hall, Georgetown University
3700 O Street, Washington DC
Ms. Pari Zanganeh, Renowned Iranian Soprano
Ms. Novin Afrouz, Master Pianist and Composer
Proceeds from this event will benefit Children of Persia's projects serving the disadvantaged Iranian Children.
Pari Zanganeh, the celebrated Iranian Soprano, began her primary music education in Tehran, Iran at a young age. She attended the Higher Academy of Music in Tehran where her Lyrico Espinto voice was discovered, leading to her further tutoring and education in classical opera. She subsequently continued her studies in Germany, Italy and Austria. Pari lost her sight as a result of a tragic car accident in 1971, but continued to perform in a great number of concerts. Very soon the fame of her soft and pleasing voice spread far and wide both on the national and international music stage.
Pari Zanganeh has pursued passionately her goal in the scientific reconstruction and compilation of traditional and folkloric songs of Iran in a classical mode. She has been honored with many awards and commendations for her artistic work including the International Golden Song Award and has been designated a Goodwill Ambassador for her charitable and cultural works.
NOVIN AFROUZ, the virtuoso Iranian pianist, completed her music studies at the Conservatory G. Verdi in Milan, Italy. She then graduated from the Conservatory of Music in Geneva, Switzerland, obtaining the "Virtuosity Prize". After her successful debut at Wigmore Hall in London, she has been giving concerts all over the world: in United States, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Romania, South Korea, Japan, Russia, Spain, Germany, Poland, Iran, South Africa, England, and Lithuania.
In 1978 Novin Afros was invited to China, where she performed Tchaikovsky's second piano Concerto with the Orchestras of Peking and Shanghai as the first foreign artist performer in that country after the cultural revolution. She was again invited there to give concerts in 1992 during the Asian Games. She takes part every year in the International Music Festival in Lugano, Switzerland, where she holds master classes and is also member of the jury of the Masterplayers International Music Competition. In January 2002 she gave a charity concert for UN.
She received many international awards: Albert Einstein Peace Award for music in 1984, the Critic Prize and the Gold Lion in1986 in Rome, the Gold Saint Valentine in 1986 in Terni, the Art of Peace in 1986 in San Francisco, the City of Venice in 1987 in Venice, the Lorenzo de Medici music prize from the International Academy of Florence, where she was also given the title of Senator in 1989 and the Europe Prize in Montecatini in 1990. She received the Ambassador of Art Medal Award in 1997 from AEI in San Francisco. She was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate in Music as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Literature from the world University of Arizona, US.
Novin Afrouz is also a composer. She has written pieces for piano, Quintet and a concerto for piano and orchestra. One of her compositions has been broadcast by CNN in its World Report program.
Novin Afrouz is also a distinguished poet. Her books of poems were published in England ("Hope of Peace"), in Japan ("Dew of grass"), in Belgium ("Reflexes"), in Italy ("Visions of Italy"), ("Hope of Peace"), ("Peace flowers").
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