Roshanak Rafani

Rafani was born in 1994 in Tehran and has been studying with Dominic Oelze at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin since 2018. Rafani studied the frame drums daf and dayere with Hooman Tootoonchian, with the composer and musician Sara Ahmadi and Tonbak with Amir Moqareb Samadi. She studied European percussion with the conductor and musician Milad Omranloo, and also holds a B.A. in social sciences and a German language diploma. Rafani was a member of the Nilper Symphonic Orchestra under Navid Gohari, the Austrian-Iranian Symphony Orchestra (AISO), as well as under Christian Schulz and Mazyar Younesi, and she played in the Tehran Cultural Orchestra under Nader Mashayekhi. Since 2016 she has worked as a percussionist in the Tehran Percussion Ensemble, of which she is a co-founder. Since 2013 she has performed regularly at the International Fajr Music Festival, she has given concerts in Armenia, Kuwait, Spain, Sri Lanka and Turkey with various groups. From 2016 to 2018, Rafani was the organizing director of the Children’s Choir of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Tehran. Since 2016, she has been teaching daf and tonbak at various music institutes in the Iranian capital.

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