An award winning composer, Afarin has collaborated with various ensembles, organizations and festivals such as National Ballet of Canada, Cathedral Bluff Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Tirgan Festival, Nuit Blanche, KW Open Ears Festival, ICOT, Windago Choir and Ensemble, TorQ Percussion Ensemble, Rhodes College New Music Festival, Canadian Music Centre, St Augustine Duo and Fajr Music Festival. Her compositions have been performed in Canada, United States, and England, Iran and South America. She has received her MMusic from University of Toronto and studied composition with well-known Canadian composers such as Dr Peter Hatch, Linda Cathlin Smith, Professor Glenn Buhr, Professor Christos Hatzis and Professor Alexander Rapoport and Michael Coghlan. She has received Music Creation Grant from Toronto Arts Council for her Children’s Opretta “To whom shall I give my heart?”, based on a Persian story by Nader Ebrahimi in 2014 and her multidiciplinary work “Doors”, in 2015. Afarin has appeared as solo soprano, singing new music in Farsi language at different events such as Torotno Culture Days 2014, Tirgan Festival 2015 and ICOT The Thirtieth Act in 2016.

   Currently Afarin is a PhD candidate at York University finishing her research a on children’s opera while teaching undergrad courses in music. She has presented her musical research at many national and international music conferences including Institute of Musical Research, London, UK  in 2013 and the 25th annual conference

Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association, Baltimore in 2014.

Afarin is very active in her community as  musician and entrepreneur. She is the  co-founder and Artistic Director of Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT), curating seasonal concert since 2011. She is also founder and director of MUSIC NEST, an organization dedicated to educate and inspire families and children by offering various fun musical programs she has developed through years of studies and practice. She is an associate composer of Canadian Music Centre and an advisory committee member of

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“Music is the universal language of mankind.”

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow