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:

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:
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 as Mehr, Mahur and Bahar. Apart from the above mentioned ensembles I have had the honor of performing with the following master musicians: Hossein Dehlavi (composer and 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.

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