Nilufar Habibian was born in Iran. Aged 11, Nilufar entered the Tehran Music Conservatoire where she studied both Iranian and Western Classical music. She also started learning Qanun under supervision of the renowned Qanun player, Ms Maliheh Sa’idi. Nilufar was awarded the First Prize for playing “Solo Qanun” at Student Music Festival in 1996 and First Prize in International Fajr Music Festival in 1996 and 1997. She pursued higher education and studied French literature in Tehran. She was one of the members of highly acclaimed “Sheyda Ensemble” directed by Grand Maestro Mohamad Reza Lotfi, where she performed in numerous concerts and recordings. She continued her advanced studies of Persian music repertoires (radif) with grand maestros Mohammad Reza Lotfi and Majid Derakhshani. She also attended master classes held by Goksel Baktagir the renowned Turkish Qanun player. Since moving to the UK, she has regularly performed and collaborated with different musicians and ensembles. She has also performed as a soloist and a member of the group in famous venues in the UK such as Purcell Room and Cadogan Hall. She received her bachelor in Music from Royal Holloway, University of London and is currently undertaking a Master’s degree in composition at Guildhall, School of Music and Drama in London.
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