Negin Khwalpak

Specialty: Conducting

Negin Khpalwak, born in 1997 in Kunar in eastern Afghanistan, is the first Afghan female conductor who conducts Zohra, the first orchestra composed of only women in Afghan history. As a high achiever at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM), she plays piano and actively participates as an expert in Zohra and singer in ANIM’schoir. She played sarod (a stringed Hindustani instrument) for three years and then changed to piano.

​Ms. Khpalwak has traveled to several countries representing Afghan musical culture and beauty. In 2017 she toured India and conducted Zohar. Khpalwak also toured Europe and conducted Zohra at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Ms. Khpalwak, as part of the Nahid Choir Group, traveled to Turkmenistan and Dubai, UAE in 2015. The Afghan Youth Orchestra tour of the United States in 2012, in which Ms. Khpalwak participated as the first Afghan female sarod player, is one of her best musical experiences.

​At age 20, Ms. Khpalwak is a well-known Afghan artist who is a member of the Zohra Orchestra. (The group won the Freemuse Award in 2017 and the Human Spirit Award in 2016.) Khpalwak speaks Pashto, Dari (Persian) and English. She loves to listen to music, read books and play football in her leisure time.