Posted: 3/21/19

Renowned Guitarist Dr. Lily Afshar at TAMIU Master Performer Series March 29


Dr. Lily Afshar
Dr. Lily Afshar  

Internationally-renowned guitarist Dr. Lily Afshar will serve as the visiting artist for the upcoming Master Performers Series at Texas A&M International University’s (TAMIU) Center for the Fine and Performing Arts’ (CFPA) Recital Hall, Friday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Currently, Afshar is a professor of guitar at the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. A native of Iran, Afshar first began playing guitar at the age of 10. Her love of music and family’s support helped her earn a Master of Music from The New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory.

She then attended Florida State University and became the first woman in the world to be awarded a Doctorate of Music degree in Guitar Performance.

Lauded for her technical precision and musicality, Afshar has appeared onstage throughout the U.S. and has toured across the world. During her performances, Afshar often performs arrangements of Persian and Azerbaijani pieces including occasional live performances on the setar, a traditional Persian instrument.

Afshar has been recognized as the Orville H. Gibson Award in Los Angeles for Best Female Classical Guitarist, the Distinguished Alumni Award from The Boston Conservatory, the Eminent Faculty Award and previously served as the Artistic Ambassador to Africa for the United States Information Agency. 

The Master Performer Series is offered by the TAMIU College of Arts and Sciences Department of Fine and Performing Arts. 

For more information, contact Elizabeth Jones Rubio, director, Events and Operations for Fine and Performing Arts, at elizabeth.rubio@tamiu.edu or 326.2646, or visit offices in CFPA 111.

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