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Monday, April 5, 2010
Works of Iranian composer to echo in St. Petersburg
Tehran Times Art Desk
TEHRAN -- Pieces created by the Iranian composer and ethnomusicologist Mehdi Hosseini will be played during two separate performances in St. Petersburg in this coming April and May.
His composition, based on the music of the northwestern Iranian Taleshi tribesmen, will be performed at the Chamber hall of the Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia on April 8.
Entitled “Taleshi Hava”, the composition will be performed with a solo violin and bassoon in the second part of the performance in memory of the Italian composer Luigi Nono.
The Saint-Petersburg State Philharmonic Hall will host the World premiere of the Concerto for String Quartet and Chamber Orchestra by Mehdi Hosseini on May 23.
Conducted by the American musician Brad Cawyer, the Saint-Petersburg State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will perform it.
The world premiere of this concerto, which utilizes folk music material from the area surrounding the ancient city of Torbat-e Jam in Iran, is dedicated to Nigel Osborne, mentor to Hosseini.
Following the performance, the St. Petersburg State Philharmonic Orchestra will be recording for Hosseini's next compact disk, which will include the Concerto for String Quartet and will be released in Iran.
Born in 1979 in Tehran, Mehdi Hosseini studied music theory, Persian music and composition with Master Farhad Fakhredini. He later completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Composition at the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Apart from his education in Russia, Hosseini has also been a student of the composer Nigel Osborne. He has demonstrated his creative capabilities as a composer and his research abilities as an ethnomusicologist and theorist.
Hosseini has written symphonic music and chamber orchestra pieces for ensembles and soloists in various compositional genres. At its core, his music reflects his on-going research into the astonishing variety of Persian regional folk music.