Golnoush Khaleghi 

  April 16, 2022   Read time 1 min
Golnoush Khaleghi 
Golnoush Khaleghi (6 January 1941 – 14 February 2021) was a Persian-American musician and conductor. She was the first Persian woman conductor.

Khaleghi was born in Tehran and studied at the Persian National Music Conservatory, Mozarteum Salzburg and the University of Wisconsin. From 1975 to 1979 she was the conductor of National Iranian Radio & Television Choir, known as "Hamavazan".

Shortly after the 1979 Revolution she moved to the United States. In 1985 she founded Rouhollah Khaleghi Orchestra to preserve Persian music in the United States. The orchestra's activities was halted in 1990 due to financial difficulties.

Golnoush Khaleghi died in Washington, D.C., United States on 15 February 2021. She was 80. Khaleghi is survived by her husband, American organist Stephen Ackert and two sons, Ramin (David) and Julian.