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Fajr Intl. Music Festival announces winners
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Iranian pianist Farimah Qavam-Sadri (R) smiles after receiving a lifetime achievement award at the closing ceremony of the 29th Fajr International Music Festival at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on February 20, 2014. Festival secretary Hassan Riahi (2nd from right), Culture Minister Ali Jannati (3rd from right), and Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affaires Ali Mordakhani are also seen in the photo. (ISNA/Abdolvahed Mirzazadeh)
Iranian pianist Farimah Qavam-Sadri (R) smiles after receiving a lifetime achievement award at the closing ceremony of the 29th Fajr International Music Festival at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on February 20, 2014. Festival secretary Hassan Riahi (2nd from right), Culture Minister Ali Jannati (3rd from right), and Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affaires Ali Mordakhani are also seen in the photo. (ISNA/Abdolvahed Mirzazadeh)
TEHRAN -- Winners of the 29th Fajr International Music Festival were announced during a ceremony at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on Thursday evening.
 
First prize in the Western classical music category was shared by Hadi Rahmani for “A Suite for Orchestra” and Erfan Vakili for “Gonad-e Aflak”, organizers announced on Friday.
 
In the classical music category, the first prize was shared by Kurosh Matin for “Dawn”, and Mojtaba Habibi for “Intimates”.
 
The second award in the western classical group category went to Rasa Chamber Orchestra led by Ramyar Behzadi. No group was deemed deserving of first prize in this category.
 
In the Iranian classical group category, the first prize went to the Sereshk Group led by Yahya Alavi, the second prize went to the Shamsa Group led by Nima Bathaii, and the third prize was given to the Rabie Group led by Mohammad-Javad Sanei.
 
The first prize of the choral music section was awarded to the Sonat Choral Group led by Mohsen Bafandeh, the second prize was given to Samat Choral Group led by Azadeh Azimi, and the third prize was shared by Ararat Choral Group led by Arak Khachaturian and Khorasan Razavi Music Association’s Choral Group.
 
In addition, Keivan Ataii was honored for “Tahamtan” in the Epic composition section.
 
The 29th Fajr International Music Festival was held in Tehran from February 13 to 20.
 
The organizers also honored the Santur virtuoso Ardavan Kamkar and pianist Farimah Qavam-Sadri with lifetime achievement awards at the closing ceremony of the festival.
 
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