My name is Fariborz Azizi. I was born in Iran in 1961. I have dedicated my life to music, in particular to two classical Iranian stringed instruments
Tar and Setar, for more than 30 years.
I first became attracted to music during my teenage years by listening
to the radio show Golchin Hafteh. Then I became heavily influenced by
the cassette tapes released by the Chavosh musical movement. I
am privileged to have the Chavosh movement’s top
musicians as my musical masters:
- Mohamad Reza Lotfi- Basic tar performance and
then advanced performance of the Radif Mirza Abdollah.
- Hamid Motebassem- Tar repertoire and Radif Mirza Abdollah.
- Arshad Tahmasebi- Tar repertoire and Radif Mirza Abdollah.
- Masood Shoari- Setar performance.
- Dariush Talaie- Performance of advanced Radif Ali Akbar Shahnazi and
‘Old School’ styles of Tar playing.
- Hossein Alizadeh- Advanced Tar performance, Radif Mirza Abdollah, and Alizadeh’s own style and repertoire. Alizadeh has been my master for more than ten years now.
Before devoting myself to classical Persian music I had a different
career path. I obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in mechanical
engineering from Tehran University in 1987 and worked in the field for
several years. Then in 1990 I decided to switch to music. Since then
I have done the following in the field of Persian musical performance
and music theory:
- Instructor: Mazandaran Academy of Arts in for one year
- Instructor: Tehran Music Conservatory girls school for six years then
at the boys school for six years.
- Instructor: Applied Music University in Tehran for three years.
- Instructor: Arts University in Karaj for three years.
- Private Instructor: Tar and Setar classes for 16 years in Tehran.
I have performed in numerous concerts in Iran, Europe, and the United States. I
have played as a soloist as well as in many ensembles such
. Apart from the above mentioned ensembles I
have had the honor of performing with the following master
musicians: Hossein Dehlavi
conductor), Hossein Alizadeh
(composer and Tar & Setar virtuoso)
and Kayhan Kalhor
(composer and Kamanche virtuoso). I have also
edited works such as Hossein Alizadeh’s Intermediate Lessons for Tar
and Setar and have published articles on music.
Since 2006 I live in Los Angeles
. I currently offer private Tar
and Setar classes, hold lectures, perform in concerts and compose
traditional and contemporary Persian music.