Ali Massoudi, 2018 Recipient
An experienced musician, teacher, and musical scholar, Ali Massoudi plays several percussion instruments. He has had the opportunity to work with many famous musicians, musical ensembles, and orchestras, including concerts with the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, the Iran National Music Orchestra, and various concerts in Iran, France, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland. He has performed on national television, in traditional, percussion and Kurdish ensembles, and has been featured in film soundtracks as part of symphony orchestras. As a performer in traditional ensembles, including Naghmeye Kimia, Eal, Hamnavazane Mehr, Parnian, Taranome Jan, and Mahtab Rou, Ali has toured extensively, performing in Iran, China, France, Germany, Austria, Cuba, and Turkey. Since emigrating to Canada, Ali has collaborated with the Andalib, Shiraz and Barg Ensembles in concerts in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. He is also the leader of Navaye Kimia Ensemble, who perform frequently throughout the Toronto area, including the 2017 Tirgan Festival and recent concerts with Ramiz Guliyev and Maziar Heidari. Additionally, he is the author of five authoritative training books for Tonbak, Daf, and Udu, and has acted as a resource for many musical scholars.