Nivak Ensemble


Nivak Ensemble is Persian established ensemble and has been founded in 2008 by Golriz Zarbakhsh with her sister Zhabiz. The main goal of formation of this ensemble was to perform string duos by world classical to contemporary composers. In 2008 this 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 Ravel, Kodaly and Martinu. Nivak ensemble performed several concerts in Yerevan and Tehran and collaborated with various artists from Iran, Armenia, Czech Republic and Italy. Nivak ensemble premiered many compositions commissioned by this ensemble to Armenian, Iranian and Italian composers and in November 2015 Nivak released an album of duos for violin and cello by Gliere, Martinu and Schulhoff.

Biographies

Golriz Zarbakhsh was born in Tehran. She started learning the violin from an early age and graduated from Tehran girl’s music school in the field of violin with Arsalan Kamkar and later continued her studies with Ebrahim Lotfi. She completed her Master’s degree in 2007 and later in 2011 her Post-graduate in the field of violin with Professor Victor Khachatryan in Yerevan state conservatory of music named after Komitas in Armenia. She 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, 24th International Fajr music festival in 2008 first prize as the founder of Nivak Ensemble, 8th International Renaissance contest-festival in 2016 laureate first degree. She has also performed in the section of brilliant talents in 29th and 30th International Fajr music festival in 2014 and 2015 in Tehran. She has performed many concerts in Yerevan and Tehran.

Zhabiz Zarbakhsh was born in Tehran. She started learning the piano from an early age and after entry to Tehran girl’s music school started learning the cello and graduated in that field under the guidance of Davood Jafari Omid. She completed her Master’s degree in 2007 and later in 2011 her Post-graduate in the field of Cello with Doctor Armen Messropyan in Yerevan state conservatory of music named after Komitas in Armenia. She 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, 24th International Fajr music festival in 2008 the first prize as the member of Nivak Ensemble, 8th International Renaissance contest-festival in 2016 laureate first degree. She has also performed in the section of brilliant talents in 29th and 30th International Fajr music festival in 2014 and 2015 in Tehran. She has performed many concerts in Yerevan and Tehran.