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Atefeh Einali

Composer, Santoor player, Improviser


About Me

Atefeh Einali is a santoor player and composer. She studied at the Art University of Tehran, and currently lives in Manchester where she is doing her PhD in music composition at the University of Manchester. She has also worked closely with performers, composers and conductors, with various commissions such as Southbank Symphony Orchestra, Coma London, Symphony Verbum Orchestra, Bridges Orchestra (Frankfurt), Migrant voices residency programme by Olympias music foundation, the Psappha Composing for Sitar scheme, International Guitar Foundation (IGF) and IFCA (Iranian female composers association). 

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Videos and Music

Explore the videos and music to immerse yourself in Atefeh's world. Her compositions, inspired by the Iranian classical music repertoire (Radif), reflect her deep connection to it. I hope you enjoy it.


Latest Updates

Atefeh is working on new commission for writing a documentary music score

26 January 2024

This research is developing at the University of Sussex.  Also, it has been sponsored by ESRC (Economic and social Reseach council).

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Atefeh wrote a new piece for the Southbank Symphony orchestra as part of a Non-classical composer scheme

1 February 2023

The creative process of the event and this piece began with my own improvisation. I recorded myself playing for half an hour on the santoor, improvising on three different Dastgâh (Persian modes) – the Shoor, Homayon and Segah. I sent the recording to my collaborators asking them to respond to the music and the theme of ‘bed’. Everyone began to develop their own ideas in response to my playing, and I circulated materials between all the artists.

My processes for creating the event - my solo rehearsals, collaborations with other artists, acting in the film, and meetings with the writer - all come together to compose this piece. Through this the piece explores cross-cultural dialogue between Iranian music, Brazilian rhythms, film making, and the story telling.

Atefeh worked with International Guitar foundation (IGF)

1 July 2021

International Guitar Foundation commissioned "Three Dots". Katalin Koltai performed it in the Le Leona series at King Place in London in July 2021.

Atefeh worked on a new commission to compose a piece for the Bridges Chamber Orchestra in Frankfurt

1 April 2023

"Half of me” for the Bridges Kammerorchester was premiered in the hr-Sendesaal in 2023. piece This piece is exploring cross-cultural musical dialogue through a combination of Iranian Dastgah and improvisation.

Atefeh curated an event called "Indefinite dreams: I am alive!

1 November 2022

Bed. Often messy, unmade, and sometimes impossible to leave – but also a symbol of sanctuary, a place for dreaming and vulnerability. It is at the core of our lives and central to this event – quite literally, as Associate Composer Atefeh Einali recreates her bedroom on stage. Enter a reconstructed dream state with improvised poetry and ethereal projections, as sounds from around the world come together through traditional instruments and diverse musical languages.

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As a composer, Atefeh Einali is always looking for new opportunities to collaborate with talented individuals and artists. She invites you to reach out to her to discuss how you can work together on the next project. Together, you can create something that is truly inspiring and memorable.

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You will listen to an improvisation on Santoor and get in touch with your feelings. You just need to find what feeling you identify in yourself while you are listening to music.

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Let's Create Something Beautiful Together

I am thrilled to hear from you and discuss potential projects and collaborations. Don't hesitate to reach out if you're looking for a talented composer to enhance your media project and create captivating soundscapes.

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