Milad Yousufi was born in 1995 during the civil war in Afghanistan. At that time the Taliban were ruling Afghanistan, and music was completely banned. At the age of two he started drawing. He drew the piano keys on paper and pretended to play. Milad Yousufi is a pianist, composer, conductor, poet, singer, painter and calligrapher. Yousufi's work is deeply inspired by his country and culture.
After seeking asylum in the United States, Yousufi was awarded a full scholarship to attend
Mannes School of Music as an undergraduate and studied piano with the world-renowned pianist
Simone Dinnerstein. Yousufi is under Simone Dinnerstein’s mentorship and considers Dinnerstein as one of his great inspirations. Yousufi has graduated from Mannes School of Music in spring 2020 and currently pursuing masters degree in composition at Brooklyn College.
Yousufi has had the opportunity to compose for The New York Philharmonic Chamber
Orchestra, premiered at Lincoln Center; Refugee Orchestra Project; Kronos Quartet, premiered
in Carnegie Hall; Worcester Music, South High Community School Brass Band, Terezin Music
Foundation, premiered in Boston Symphony Hall. Refugee Orchestra, premiered at the Barbican
Center in London, Pianist Yael Weiss for 32 Bright Clouds: (Beethoven Conversation Around the
World), Winsor Music, Trio Solisti, Burncoat High School Orchestra, Worcester Chamber Music
Society, Upcoming commissions include The VISION Collective, Cellist Leo Eguchi, Choral
piece for Old Ship Church Musaics of the Bay and Raleigh Civic Symphony Orchestra.Milad
Yousufi is currently artistic advisor of The VISION Collective, b ecame an ambassador for Arium TV and joined the board of directors Musaics of the Bay.
As an ethnomusicologist Yousufi is working on publishing 12 volume of Afghan Folk Music for
the next generations in Afghanistan. As a refugee artist Yousufi has a dream to make a difference in the future of music in Afghanistan and contribute to American culture and the world.