B i o g r a p h y
Award winning guitarist Naeim Rahmani was born in Isfahan, Iran and immigrated to the United States as a refugee in 2003. Presently based in Seattle, Naeim completed his Master's degree with Rene Izquierdo at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
Naeim has performed throughout the US and internationally. He enjoys bringing his music to small community or arthouse spaces where he can interact with the audience. His performance venues have included everything from private homes and community churches, to a renovated industrial space in Oaxaca, Mexico, ancient churches along the Camino Santiago in Spain, and arthouses in Berlin. In all of these places Naeim brings his deeply personal style to create an intimate musical experience for the audience.
Outside of his performance career Naeim is the director of the Seattle-Isfahan Guitar Project. This collaborative endeavor was created as a way to forge connections between musicians in Seattle and in Naeim’s home town of Isfahan, Iran. You can read more about this project by clicking on the link at the top of the page.
Naeim is an experienced and popular teacher. He served for several years as the lead classical guitar instructor at the Latino Arts Strings Program in Milwaukee, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the artistic development of youth in the community. While there he also served as director of the annual guitar festival and competition.
Naeim currently teaches at Bellevue College and is a booking coordinator for Aranjuez Artists, Inc.
Naeim plays a Richard Bruné guitar.
Naeim has musical maturity beyond his years and the fingers to prove it. A robust sound, musicality and eloquence rarely found in a guitarist.
3rd Prize: 2015 San Francisco Bay Area Guitar Competition
3rd Prize: 2015 Louisville International Guitar Competition
3rd Prize: 2015 Northwest Guitar Competition