7th edition of the Festival des musiciens du monde


Friday May 17th

Uuriintuya Khalivan & Sadaf Amini


Uuriintuya Khalivan (Mongolia) and Sadaf Amini (Iran) met in Montreal, sparking a musical journey at the Silk Roads’ crossroads. They blend their unique musical backgrounds, creating harmonious melodies that celebrate diversity and unity. With the morin-khuur (horsehead fiddle) and santur (hammered dulcimer), together, they weave melodies, like threads of silk, reminiscent of desert and steppe roads, echoing the timeless magic of the Silk Road. 

Uuriintuya Khalivan | Mongolia | Morin-Khuur

Born in 1989 on the Mongolia Barag Grassland in Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia, Uurintuya Khalivan is a skilled musician proficient in both the violin and horsehead fiddle. Graduating from the Music Performance Department of Ethnic Instruments at the Central Conservatory of Music, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree under the guidance of horsehead fiddle player Quan Sheng. Khalivan spent over 12 years as the sole horsehead fiddle soloist at the Chinese Coal Mine Art Troupe, achieving the national second-level performance title. She is committed to mastering her craft and representing Inner Mongolia’s cultural heritage.

Sadaf Amini | Iran | santour

Born in Tehran, Iran, Sadaf Amini began her musical journey at 12, mastering the Santur. After studying at the Tehran Music School, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Iranian Music Performance from Tehran University in 2012. She later pursued a Master’s Degree in Music Technology and Digital Media at the University of Toronto, graduating in 2018. Amini has graced numerous music festivals, winning accolades like the 2019 YGK Emerging Musician Competition in Kingston and the 2020 Kingston Film Festival Local Music Video Showcase Jury Prize. Collaborating with various ensembles, she’s performed in concerts and recorded albums, including her latest solo Santur release, “Flow”.

Thursday May 16, 8:00 p.m.

Friday May 17, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday May 18, 7:30 p.m.