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Lily Afshar is like a breath of fresh air in the world of classical guitar. Lily's collaborations with international composers have resulted in premieres of new works by renowned international composers. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Banff School of Fine Arts, the Menton Music Festival in the South of France, the American Academy in Rome, and Salle Cortot in Paris. Lily Afshar has four recordings to her credit which have attracted international critical acclaim. Her first recording "24 Caprichos de Goya, Op. 195" was released in 1994 and her second 'A Jug of Wine and Thou' in 1999. Her latest recordings 'Possession' (2002) and 'Hemispheres' (2006) feature a combined total of eight world premieres. At a recent Wigmore Hall Concert in London, England's Musical Opinion Magazine praised Lily for her 'fresh sense of programming' and 'her ability to draw listeners onto the edge of their seats...'
Lily Afshar's grandparents were born north of Iran in Azarbaijan and later moved to Tehran where Lily was born. She was 10 years old when she began learning the guitar. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree in guitar performance from The Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory of Music. At Florida State University, Lily became the first woman in the world to gain a Doctorate of Music in guitar performance. She has studied at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts and the Aspen Music Festival. She received Diplomas of Merit from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. She was selected to play for Maestro Andrs Segovia in his master classes held at the University of Southern California.