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Alireza Farhang

Alireza Farhang

Alireza Farhang


The Iranian-French composer Alireza Farhang comes from a family of musicians and began studying music with his father at the age of six. He went on to study the piano under Emmanuel Melikaslanian and Raphael Minaskanian, as well as composition with Alireza Mashayekhi at the University of Tehran. His experience with Mashayekhi proved to be critical in the development of his musical universe and influenced the first piece in his catalog of compositions being L'hiver et le parfum du printemps (2001) for piano for four hands. Read more on Last.fm
The Iranian-French composer Alireza Farhang comes from a family of musicians and began studying music with his father at the age of six. He went on to study the piano under Emmanuel Melikaslanian and Raphael Minaskanian, as well as composition with Alireza Mashayekhi at the University of Tehran. His experience with Mashayekhi proved to be critical in the development of his musical universe and influenced the first piece in his catalog of compositions being L'hiver et le parfum du printemps (2001) for piano for four hands. After successfully completing his university studies, he taught at the University of Tehran and founded his own music school. The second stage of his musical education started in 2002, when he decided to pursue further studies in composition under Michel Merlet at the École Normale de Musique de Paris.

He won the Albert Roussel scholarship, and obtained superior diplomas in composition and orchestration. Etna (2003) for ensemble and Au-delà du néant (2003) for solo flute are amongst the works he composed before beginning the final stage of his musical education at the CNR de Strasbourg (class of Ivan Fedele). He also had had the opportunity to work with Brice Pauset and Joshua Fineberg, Toshio Hosokawa, Hans Peter Kyburz, Olga Neuwirth, Kaija Saariaho and Gérard Pesson, as well as with Tristan Murail, Michael Jarrell and Yan Maresz. He was subsequently accepted to read Musical Composition and Technologies as part of a new European Course (ECMCT) jointly developed by IRCAM, and the Technische Universität, Universität der Künst and Hochshule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. His second and third string quartets entitled Echo-Chaos (2007) for Arditti String Quartet, and Tak-Sim (2012) for Kronos Quartet mark two important periods in the composer's career. Traditional Persian music has strongly influenced his work.

His training in Western and Persian music has enabled him to combine these two musical worlds. The question of cultural hybridity and the problem of incompatibility between traditional and modern values are a focus of his compositional research. His thesis in musicology at the OMF of Sorbonne Paris IV, under the supervision of Marc Battier, deals with the subject «Codetermination of Timbre and Melody in works of Iranian Composers». Founder of the Musica Ficta Composition Contest, he also manages A-C-I-M-C (Association for Iranian Composers of Contemporary Music), as well as Resonanta, which consist of composers and musicologists. Read more on Last.fm.

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