Meet Milad Yousufi

His Art, His Music, His Journey -- Meet Milad Yousufi

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 5:30 pm - Worcester PopUp


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His Art, His Music, His Journey -- Meet Milad Yousufi
An evening of art and music at Worcester PopUp.


Milad Yousufi is composer of the TMF commission titled "Refuge," a string quartet which receives its world premiere at our Gala. He is a pianist, composer, conductor, poet, singer, painter, and calligrapher who is deeply inspired by his Afghan culture and heritage. He is the first Afghan-influenced western classical composer.

Mr. Yousufi was born in 1995 during the civil war in Afghanistan. Under Taliban rule, music was completely banned. As a very young child, he painted the piano keyboard on paper to quietly practice. When Taliban rule was lifted, he took advantage of every opportunity to study music and art. At age twelve he was teaching painting and attending Kabul’s one music school, and he soon won an international piano competition in Germany and began performing internationally.

In Afghanistan, Mr. Yousufi taught piano, theory, and a course on Sibelius at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. When the Afghan Youth Orchestra was formed in 2011, he became the pianist and the first Afghan conductor, and he arranged music for their performances. The orchestra performed sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and New England Conservatory, where Mr. Yousufi performed as pianist.

Mr. Yousufi moved to the U.S., where he won a full scholarship to Mannes School of Music and studies piano with Simone Dinnerstein. He has composed Afghan-influenced music for The New York Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and The Refugee Orchestra Project, and he has additional commissions from the Kronos Quartet and Music Worcester.


The Worcester PopUP is a program of the Worcester Cultural Coalition dedicated to collaborative co-working, performance, and creative entrepreneurship. We are located in the heart of downtown Worcester Massachusetts at 20 Franklin Street.

The Worcester PopUP is your new space for workshops, community events, performances and opportunities to share and sell locally made creative work. If you are an artist, creative entrepreneur, organization or community member seeking creative space to share your vision, come visit us to learn more.

Explore Worcester’s creative culture and experience our ever-changing calendar of events and classes featuring rotating art exhibits, captivating performances, a diverse cross section of music, local pop up food bazaars, film, and other media arts. Host a workshop, stage a concert, or present a wild, staged reading of your work with us and let your creativity shine!

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The Worcester PopUp is a creative co-working space of the Worcester Cultural Coalition in partnership with The Barr Foundation. This event is not sponsored by, nor does it necessarily reflect the views of the Worcester Cultural Coalition.

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