Tehran Symphony Orchestra conductor Ali Rahbari quits

March 2, 2016 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- Iranian maestro Ali Rahbari has resigned as the conductor and general music director of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra.

He sent a copy of his resignation that he submitted to the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Ali Jannati, to the Persian media on Tuesday.

Pointing to the high quality of performances of the orchestra during the past 12 months, Rahbari called it having the Tehran Symphony Orchestra supervised by Iran’s Rudaki Foundation a big mistake from the beginning.

“The foundation is under the management of Bahram Jamali. His lack of management skills, his lack of knowledge of classical music, and his unprofessional experts have caused several good musicians to decide to leave the orchestra, and the other good musicians who have remained and tolerated these problems have not even had one peaceful day.

“Despite the incorrect news published in the media, their salaries were not paid completely and they do not have contracts for the future,” he added in his letter.

“I have tolerated all these problems but I have no hope for collaborating with this unprofessional foundation. Therefore, I prefer to hand in my resignation and open the way for the musicians to find another organization with which to continue their careers,” he added.

Rahbari also mentioned in his letter that the Tehran Orchestra must be independent like many other orchestras around the world.

In 2004, just a year before the victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the presidential election, Rahbari was invited from Austria to reorganize the orchestra, but he quit the following year over the low salaries paid to the musicians.

After his victory in the 2013 presidential election, Rouhani asked cultural officials to reinstate the Iranian symphony orchestras, which were closed down by the government under Ahmadinejad.

As a result in March 2015, Rahbari was assigned once again to restore the Tehran Symphony Orchestra.


Caption: Ali Rahbari in an undated photo