Volume. 11923

Fajr festival to honor musicians Ardavan Kamkar, Farimah Qavam-Sadri
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TEHRAN – The 29th Fajr International Music Festival plans to honor the Santur virtuoso Ardavan Kamkar and pianist Farimah Qavam-Sadri with lifetime achievement awards, the organizers announced on Saturday.
They will receive their awards during the closing ceremony of the event at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on February 20.
Born in 1950 in Tehran, Qavam-Sadri received piano lessons in her childhood from prominent musician of the time Ophelia Kombajian. 
She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Tehran and continued her studies in Paris.
She returned home in 1977 and began to teach piano in the Tehran Conservatory of Music. She continued her collaboration with the national radio and television channels, the University of Tehran, and the Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra.
Qavam-Sadri has also worked with several orchestras. She has been playing piano as a soloist in different countries including France, Austria, Italy and the United States.
She has also collaborated with musician Alireza Mashayekhi.
Ardavan Kamkar (1968) was born in Sanandaj, Kordestan Province. He began receiving lessons from his father when he was four.
He came to Tehran in 1980 and continued his music activities with his brother musicians Hushang and Arsalan.
So far he has composed several compositions and has performed a series of his compositions.
Ardavan has collaborated with prominent musicians in their albums including the album “Night, Silence, Desert” by kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor.
He is also a member of Iranian Kurdish ensemble of the Kamkars, established by the Kamkar brothers.

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