Naeim Rahmani

Naeim Rahmani will present a selection of solo guitar pieces composed by living composers, featuring Sergio Assad, Carlos Rafael Rivera, Michael Finnisy, Atanas Ourkouzonov, Arthur Kampela and others.

Naeim Rahmani is a classical guitarist based in Seattle. Born in Iran, he immigrated to the United States as a refugee and has since made a name for himself as an accomplished performer, both nationally and internationally. His talent and dedication to his craft have earned him numerous accolades, including a 2022 Goethe-Institut Residency Award, and a 2023 CityArtist Award from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, recognizing his contributions to the city’s cultural landscape.

Naeim is also the artistic director of the Seattle-Isfahan Project (SIP). This collaborative venture brings together musicians from Seattle and Iran to create a shared workspace where performers and composers can come together to create new works for the guitar repertoire. Recently Naeim presented his project SIP 33 as part of the UW Guest Artist Series at Meany Hall for the Performing Arts. The forthcoming installment, “Displaced Voices,” sponsored by the Seattle Symphony, is scheduled to premiere in the fall of 2024. Outside of his performance career, Naeim teaches at Bellevue College and directs the guitar program.