After finishing the Bachelor of Art with highest honors in her native city Tehran, Aftab Darvishi (Iran, 1987) moved to the Netherlands where she studied composition at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague, and Composing for Film and Contemporary Music through non-Western techniques at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Since her graduation, she has been frequently invited to lecture at the University of Tehran. Currently she is a PhD candidate at University of Brunel for which she was awarded the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds scholarship from Netherlands.
Aftab Darvishi is a former member of KHZ, an experimental electronic ensemble founded by Yannis Kyriakides that has performed in different festivals such as the Holland Festival. She was invited to write a piece based on Boulez Notations for percussion performed at the Holland Festival. In 2015, she won the music education award from Listhus Artistic residency in Iceland. She has been selected to participate as composer in the Festival Paphos – European Capital of Culture (Cyprus) in 2017.