Lily Afshar Honored with Boston Conservatory’s 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award
For Release: June 2, 2011
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Lily Afshar, professor of classical guitar at the University of Memphis, was honored
with The Boston Conservatory’s 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award in May. Afshar was
chosen for her exemplary career.
Her solo, chamber, and concerto appearances combined with her adventurous recordings
have earned her the status of “one of the world’s foremost classical guitarists” according
to Public Radio International. The Washington Post described her onstage performances as “remarkable, impeccable;” equally important
is her reputation for expanding the contemporary classical guitar repertoire.
Her collaborations with international composers have resulted in premieres of new
works by Carlo Domeniconi, Reza Vali, Garry Eister, Gerard Drozd, Loris Chobanian,
Arne Mellnas, Kamran Ince, Barbara Kolb, Marilyn Ziffrin, David Kechley, and Salvador