Soosan Lolavar © Katherine Waters

Dr Soosan Lolavar is a British Iranian composer whose music draws on ideas from both western and Iranian traditions. She has been performed across the world, broadcast on BBC television in both the UK and Iran; and on BBC Radio 3, 4 and the World Service. In 2022 Soosan was awarded the RPS Composer prize and partnered with Cheltenham Music Festival; and more recently, shortlisted by the ISCM International Jury for the 2023 World Music Days (South Africa). Soosan’s work explores unique tuning systems using the infinite capabilities of her primary instrument, santoor. She strives to make music that resonates in the world long after we have stopped listening.

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