Raha Javanfar: Musician, Assistant Musical Director

Raha is an Iranian-born, Toronto-raised, self-employed lighting and projections designer and musician.

As a designer, she works primarily in theatre, opera, concert production, and international touring. As a musician, Raha’s main focus is playing the violin in several Toronto-based bands, as well as composition / arrangement, and teaching privately. As a musician, Raha’s main focus is on violin performance. She has over 20 years experience as a player, in orchestras, small ensembles, bands, and as a soloist.

She has completed her ARCT at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and recently completed the Mark O’Connor Strings Program at Berklee College of Music. During her time at Ryerson University (where she studied theatre production, specializing in lighting design), she played with singer / songwriter Peter Katz, as well and writing and recording her own solo music, featuring her on violin, piano and vocals. Her live act utilizing a loop station, presenting her quirky lyrics and unconventional melodies was a huge hit among student audiences. Currently, she is an active member of the Shotgun Wedding Band, Kayla Howran’s country band, as well as the Double Cuts, Toronto’s newest 10-piece western swing ensemble. She also frequently plays as a side player with notable Toronto musicians such as Paul Reddick, Jay Swinnerton (of Tarantuela), Jack Marks, and Nevada.

In addition to the violin, Raha plays the alto saxophone. She has written and recorded scores for several dance pieces and films, and has arranged string parts for many recordings by various artists including Protest the Hero, Jay Swinnerton, and Shotgun Wedding Band. Raha is available for lessons in violin, rudiments, harmony, history, or beginner piano in Toronto.