Dr Afarin Mansouri is an award-winning composer and musicologist whose works have been performed in Canada, the United States, England, Iran, and South America. Afarin has collaborated with various organizations and Festivals such as Seattle Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Tapestry Opera, You Dance National Ballet of Canada, Queen’s University, Willard Laurier University, Tirgan Festival, and Toronto Nuit Blanche.
In 2016, Afarin founded cultureland, an organization to commission and produce operas which include non-western elements in terms of language, drama, music, or design. As an educator and researcher, Afarin has presented various research papers, lectures, and opera workshops on a national and international level, including but not limited to Wilfrid Laurier University, Queen’s University, and Canadian Opera Company. Her music workshops cover various topics such as using emotions during the creative process, soundscape, music and intelligence, mystical music, opera history, and composition. She is the founder and director of Music Nest (www.musicnest.org), and has developed new methods by combining storytelling and music pedagogy.
An advocator of social and artists equity, Afarin has been working as a member of the diversity, equity, and inclusivity committee at Canadian Opera Company, and has been a national councilor of Canadian League of Composers, and co-founder and Artistic Director of Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT).