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2018 Winner Kelariz Keshavarz 


W. Mark Akin

Flutist Kelariz Keshavarz has won international awards for her performances of classical and contemporary solo, chamber, and orchestral works. She has appeared with the Tehran Symphony, Tehran National Orchestra, the Tehran Philharmonic, the Parsian Orchestra, the Nilper Orchestra, the Camerata Orchestra, and with the Odyssey Chamber Series. She has performed in Iran, Austria, Lebanon, and the United States. Ms. Keshavarz has also performed in many contemporary music festivals and has presented several world premiers.

Ms. Keshavarz is in demand as a teacher and serves on the board of the Iran Flute Society. She composes children’s music, and some of those pieces have been recorded on the Nabat label.

Ms. Keshavarz’s numerous honors include the Emerging Artist Award from the University of Missouri, the Missouri Music Teachers’ Association Collegiate Division Award, and the Fajr International Music Festival Award. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Tehran, where she studied with Dr. Azin Movahed. She is currently pursuing her second master’s degree at the University of Missouri in music performance and is studying with Dr. Alice K. Dade.



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