Elshan Ghasimi is a Persian musician and performance artist. She is one of the most well-known soloists of her generation; her instrument is the tar, a long-necked lute.
She was, at 17, the youngest member of the Iranian National Orchestra and studied the Persian and the so- called Caucasian tar under various masters in Tehran and Baku (Mohammad-Reza Lotfi, Dariush Talai and Hossein Alizadeh, amongst others).
In her compositions and performances, Ghasimi repeatedly draws on literary themes (e.g. Brecht, Gilgamesch, Nizām al-Mulk) and seeks to merge classical Persian music with Western paradigms through collaborations transcending genres (early music, jazz, electronic music).
Ghasimi lives and works in Berlin and Tehran.
Born 1981 in Iran
musician – composer – cultural educator
1998-2006 Member of Iran’s National Orchestra
2009-2016 Teacher in Zand, Nikahang, Kimia School. Tehran, Iran
Tehran conservatory of Music
University of Art and Sculpture, Tehran, Iran
PhD, Music Academy, Baku, Azerbaijan
Zamin Rzayev, Elshan Mamedov