Who we are?

About TCMF

Tehran International Contemporary Music Festival (TCMF) is the premiere contemporary music festival in IRAN and it has been regarded as an influential Contemporary musical event in Iran, and gradually become one of the most important new music festivals in the Middle East.
The festival takes place during April-May and is staged at venues all around Tehran. Our events are staged both in large, established venues such as the Vahdat Hall, Roudaki Hall and the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art as well as in small Galleries, Cultural Places, industrial premises and Public Places.
TCMF is committed to disseminating new music, promoting an international artistic and cultural communication as well as building a platform for young musicians.


In Numbers

Hours Music Activities
Hours Concerts
Hour Workshops
Hour Projects
Music Pieces
From past to present


The idea of this festival was created in spring 2014 by Navid Gohari (the artistic director of the Festival) and Ehsan Tarokh (the executive director of the Festival). In the summer 2015, the first executive steps were taken under the consultation and planning of doctor Hosein Sarvi (advisor of international affairs and planning consultant) and with the collaboration and support of the Music Office of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Roudaki Foundation, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and the Iranian artists' Forum. Along with the establishment of Contemporary Music Circle of Tehran in the Museum of Contemporary Art (CMC.TMOCA) by Navid Gohari as the director of the circle, the idea of holding Tehran International Festival of Contemporary Music was began to come alive.
In the fall of 2015, the scientific and artistic council of the Festival was formed with the cooperation of Doctor Hamidreza Ardalan (scientific adviser), Idin Samimi Mofakham, Martyna Kosecka (artistic adviser). Announcing the call and inviting foreign groups with the collaboration of Spectro Centre for New Music, executive paces were made afterwards to organize the First International Festival of Tehran Contemporary Music.

Festival Orchestra

“Nilper in ancient Iranian language means “Lotus” and it’s a symbol for peace and friendship in opinion of all countries.”
Nilper Orchestra was founded by Navid Gohari in 2004 for performing Contemporary Classical Music. The Orchestra’s continuous aspiration is performing art music of both Iranian and international contemporary composers, while – as the members of the orchestra – bringing together talented performers and rising artists living and working in Iran. Since its establishment, the orchestra has performed regularly in seasonal programming, and in its 13th years of activity has performed 28 full concerts, performing 58 works in repertoire of contemporary music, 23 world or national premieres, and has hosted 10 soloists. Since 2008 Ehsan Tarokh has been responsible for orchestra’s managerial activities. Nilper is focused on introducing and performing the rarity repertoire of high quality, observing international rules of Copyright and interaction with publishing houses, and invitation and hosting of established artists and soloists from around the world. These all mark the concept, philosophy, and the approach of the board of directors in Nilper Orchestra.

Festival Programs

Educational Programs
- Lectures
- Workshops
- Master classes

Experimental Programs:
-Live Electronic Concert
- Fixed Media
- Live Electro-Acoustic Concert
- Free Improvisation
- Sound Installation

Concert Programs
- Soloists
- Ensembles
- Orchestras
- Choir Groups

Board & Staff

Navid Gohari
Artistic Director
Ehsan Tarokh
Executive Director
Dr. Hossein Sarvi
Planning consultant
Idin Samimi Mofakham
Artistic Advisors
Martyna Kosecka
Artistic Advisors
Hooshyar Khayam
Artistic Council
Karen Keyhani
Artistic Council
Nima A.Rowshan
Academic Program Manager
Mani Jafarzadeh
Editor of the Critics Circle
Sarah Akbari
Coordinator of International Groups
Sepehr Sharifzadeh
International Coordinator
Anahita Vahedi
Artistic Coordinator
Amir Moghtada
Graphic Designer & Advertising Consultant
Elnaz Tarokh
Social Media Manager
Parsoua Arabshahi
Web Designer