BIO

Praised for her "sheer virtuosity" by Fanfare Magazine, Dr. Kelariz Keshavarz is an award-winning international flutist, active in classical and contemporary spheres, and 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 co-founded the Petrichor Records recording label, sponsoring and publishing contemporary music by living composers worldwide. She is the artistic director of PR Young Iranian Composers Project, a pedagogy/competition program, working with world-renowned composers such 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, and choreographers and toured internationally. The "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, "Minimpronics," was 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 fifty newly commissioned works by Iranian composers. She has performed a contemporary flute concerto by Kambiz Roshanravan with the Camerata Orchestra. She was the award-winner of the 23rd International Fajr Festival and Iran's fourth Tehran Contemporary Music Festival. 

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.


Dr. Kelariz Keshavarz has served as a lecturer at Tehran University of Art, onboard the Iran Flute Society and Tehran Flute choir. Enthusiastic about contemporary flute pedagogy, she has toured with her workshop seminars on Flute Contemporary Extended Techniques and given lecture recitals performing music by living international composers.


Dr. Keshavarz holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Flute Performance from the University of Utah, with a secondary emphasis in Early Music Studies and Traverso Performance. Kelariz plays a custom handmade 14K Haynes and custom Grenser traverso. She is currently appointed as the Raymond C. Morales Postdoctoral Fellow in Music Education at the University of Utah.