Kelariz Keshavarz is an international award-winning flutist, active in classical and contemporary spheres, an avid sound artist, improviser, and pedagogue.
Passionate about contemporary music, Kelariz has performed in many festivals including the Tehran Contemporary Music Festival (TCMF) in Iran, the Missouri International Composers Festival (MICF), the Flute New Music Consortium (FNMC), the National Flute Association (NFA), the World Flute Festival in Argentina, the SiMN – International Symposium of New Music in Brazil, the New Jersey Flute Fair, the Utah Flute Association Festival, the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Conference, and the SCI Region VI Conference in the United States and has participated in multiple world premieres. She is the co-founder of Petrichor Records recording label, sponsoring and publishing contemporary music by living composers around the world. She is the artistic director of PR Young Iranian Composers Project, which is a pedagogy/competition program, working along with such world-renowned composers as Chaya Czernowin, Ken Ueno, Katharina Rosenberger, Nina C. Young, Don Freund, and Reza Vali.
She is an active flutist of new music by living Iranian composers and has commissioned more than fifty new compositions. She has collaborated with visual artists, movie directors, sound artists, choreographers, and toured internationally. “Iranian New Waves” project is the culmination of these all; an anthology of contemporary music by living Iranian composers, released in 2020 under Petrichor Records. As a performer-composer, her upcoming electro-acoustic improvisatory compositions called “Minimpronics” will be released under Petrichor Records in 2021.
An aspiring soloist, she has toured with her Iranian New Waves project in Iran and the United States, presenting more than twenty-five newly commissioned works by Iranian composers. She has performed contemporary flute concerto by Kambiz Roshanravan with the Camerata Orchestra that was the award-winner in 23rd International Fajr Festival, and the fourth Tehran Contemporary Music Festival in Iran.
She has performed as principal and guest principal flute with Tehran Symphony, Tehran National Orchestra, Tehran Philharmonic, Parsian Orchestra, Nilper Orchestra, Camerata Orchestra, SouthSide Philharmonic Orchestra with Patrick Clark, and on the Odyssey Chamber Series under the baton of Kirk Trevor, performing around the world in the countries Iran, Austria, Lebanon, and the United States.
Kelariz has served as a lecturer at Tehran University of Art, onboard for the Iran Flute Society, and Tehran Flute choir. Enthusiastic about contemporary flute pedagogy, she has toured with her workshop-seminars of Flute Contemporary Extended Techniques, and given lecture-recitals performing music by living international composers.
Honors include the Artist Presentation Society Award, the Emerging Artist Award from the University of Missouri, the Missouri Music Teachers Association Collegiate Division Award, the Fajr International Music Festival Award, and the Youth and Music Festival Award in Tehran. She is currently a DMA applicant in music performance at the University of Utah.