Mona Matbou Riahi

Mona Matbou Riahi (c) Hanna Fasching


Mona Matbou Riahi, was born in 1990 in Tehran. During her early years of music education she studied in “Tehran conservatory of music”. At the agen of 17, She moved to Vienna for further studies and entered the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. She has been experiencing art and music in this city as a performer-Composer-Improviser since then.

Her unique approach of performing and boundless technical abilities in improvisation have mesmerized the audience internationally. Her music carries contemporary and classical elements, improvisation as well as electronic experimentation combined with extended technics and innovations in search of unheard sounds and personal language. She has been appeared on stage in different artistic formations and projects including dance, theatre and multi-media art in world-renowned festivals and concert venues.


Anthony Braxton, Anja Lechner, François Couturier, Lukas Kranzelbinder, Maja Osojnik, Mario Rom, Manu Mayr, Golfam Khayam, Mira lu Kovacs, Clemens Wenger, Golnar Shahyar and Mahan Mirarab, Philipp Kienberger, Alexander Yannilos, Johannes Schleiermacher, Anna Clare Hauf, Jelena Popržan, Matija Schellander, Dave Smith, Bukhard Stangl, Matthias Loibner and many more.


Austrian Music Highlights #22

Photo of Voodoo Jürgens (c) Filmladen Filmverleih

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Picture International Jazzfestival Saalfelden

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Vaak East music festival 2022 in London

(c) Vaak East Festival 2022

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