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Camellia Aftahi

Instrument: Double Bass

Education: Bachelor of Music from San Diego State University, Master of Music in progress from University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music

Hometown: San Diego, California

Current neighborhood: Clifton, Cincinnati, Ohio

Joined the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Program in 2018

Inspirations as a musician: My biggest sources of inspiration are other forms of art: going to museums, reading about everything that interests me, learning about so many different types of music.

Current playlist: Ben Wendel's "What We Bring", Joni's Mitchell's "Hejira" featuring bassist Jaco Pastorius, Missy Mazzoli's "Vespers for a New Dark Age", and Gabriel Kahane's "Book of Travelers"

Hobbies: Reading 20th-century fiction and poetry, going to museums, eating vegetarian food, studying music and its various intersections with social issues, and playing board games

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For incoming San Diego participant, Camellia Aftahi, it was the Diversity Fellowship’s aspiration that was part of the appeal. “What drove me to apply for the CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship was not only my desire to perform with and learn from a group of high caliber musicians but also to have an opportunity to bring representation to minority groups on stage,” said Aftahi.

Aftahi began playing double bass at the age of 12. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance at San Diego State University where she studied with Jeremy Kurtz-Harris and Jory Herman.

An avid freelancer, Aftahi has performed with many groups in Southern California, including the San Diego City Ballet, the Opera NEO workshop, the BRAVO Festival and the La Jolla Symphony under the direction of Steve Schick. Aftahi also takes enjoyment in teaching and maintains an active private studio in addition to coaching at local public schools.

Aftahi will begin her master’s degree at CCM in the Fall of 2018 where she will study with CSO Principal Bass and CCM Adjunct Assistant Professor Owen Lee. She hopes that her studies at CCM will allow her to fuse her love for performance and scholarship with her commitment to civic and educational outreach.