Majd, Fozie International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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Persian composer and ethnomusicologist, born in 1938 in Berlin. She started learning piano at the age of six with Emanuel Malik Aslanian, who shaped her musical sensitivity. She also took lessons of cello and santoor performance. In the late 1940s, Majd went to Britain to study music at Morton Hall and the University of Edinburgh. After her return to Iran, she taught history of Western music at the Music Conservatoire of Tehran and counterpoint at the Tehran Institute of Musicology. 

In 1966, she went to France to study composition with Nadia Boulanger on a French government scholarship. In 1968, having received a scholarship from the National Iranian Radio and Television (NIRT), she began to study ethnomusicology under the supervision of Trần Văn Khê at Sorbonne University. She returned to Iran in 1971 and started her research on Iranian folk music and the radif classical music system at the Centre for the Preservation and Distribution of Iranian Music. She also founded the Music Collection and Recognition Group at the National Iranian Radio and Television of Iran (NITV), Shiraz Festival of Arts, and Mashhad Toos Festival. The goal of these projects was to collect and archive Persian folk songs from various Iranian tribes and regions, including the provinces of Khorasan, Sistan, Baluchistan, Hormozgan, and Bushehr (between 1971 to 1979). 

Major works: Dancing in the village for piano (c. 1953), Siavash in Persepolis, film music (1966), Iranian Suite for piano (1966), The Winding Doll, film music (1967), The Son of Iran is without news of his mother, film music (1970), Shábkūk for string orchestra (1973), Songs of separation, tape music (1973), Hell is but a sparkle of our futile suffering for chamber ensemble (1976), Petite Piéce for chamber ensemble (c. 1976), There Appeared a Knight with a Red Face, Red Hair, Red Lips, Red Teeth, a Red Gown, a Red Horse, a Red Spear..., theatre play (1976), The Song of Leyli for voices and chamber ensemble (1979), Dialogue 88 for piano (1967–88), For the stars for piano (1992), Irana, piano suite (1996), Dreamland, string quartet (1997–2007), Premâ, cycle for piano (1992–2002), Here and There for chamber ensemble (2016), Farãghi (In Absentia) for violin and cello (c. 2017), Ballad for seconds for chamber ensemble (2019).