Nivak Ensemble is Persian established ensemble and has been founded in 2008 by Golriz Zarbakhsh with her sister Zhabiz. Golriz and Zhabiz Zarbakhsh both graduated from Tehran girl’s music school and completed their Master’s degree and later their Post-graduate in Yerevan state conservatory of music named after Komitas in Armenia. Golriz is the prize winner of several National and International music festivals, such as: 12th National Fajr music festival in 1997 honored diploma, 14th International Fajr music festival in 1999 first prize, 2nd National youth music festival in 2001 first prize, 3rd student’s music festival in 2000 second prize, 4th student’s music festival in 2001 first prize, 8th International Renaissance contest-festival in 2016 laureate first degree. Zhabiz also participated in some National and International music festivals, such as: 14th International Fajr music festival in 1999 honored diploma, 2nd National youth music festival in 2001 honored diploma for the success in cello playing, 8th International Renaissance contest-festival in 2016 laureate first degree. The main goal of formation of this ensemble was to perform string duos by world classical to contemporary composers. In 2008 Nivak Ensemble won the first prize and the statue of 24th International Fajr music festival in Tehran and on March 2009 Nivak made its debut concert in Tehran Roudaki concert hall with performance of great duos for violin and cello by Kodaly, Ravel and Martinu. Nivak ensemble performed many concerts in Yerevan and Tehran and collaborated with various musicians and composers from Iran, Armenia, Czech Republic and Italy. Nivak ensemble has performed many compositions commissioned by this ensemble to Armenian, Iranian and Italian composers. In November 2015 Nivak released an album of Duos for violin and cello by Gliere, Martinu and Schulhoff.

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