Although Mr. Osqueezadeh has extensive experience both studying and performing the Persian ‘Radif’, he is still working to further his knowledge and expertise on this vast subject. He moved to the United States to further his studies of western music and graduated from the University of California, Irvine where he received his Master’s degree (2001) in composition and technology working with Dr. C. Dobrian, the internationally recognized flutist and composer James Newton and Grammy award winner Billy Childes.
Bahram has performed numerous concerts as both conductor and performer during his time in the United States. He was asked to write the Concerto for Santur and Orchestra. Its premiere, conducted by Stephen Tucker and himself as the soloist was considered a success by IWN. After his residency at UC Irvine, he received a fellowship to continue his studies in composition to the Ph.D.
program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He studied with eminent composers such as Karen Tanaka and Joel Feigin. Among his grants and awards are: First prize in the Sherril C. Corwin-Metropolitan Theatres Awards for his work for String Orchestra, Certificate of Recognition from California State Legislature, and declared Master Musician by Alliance for California Traditional Art.
He has been invited to give papers, presentations and workshops at many distinguished universities and conferences throughout USA (including, Stanford, UCLA, UCI, USC, UCSD, and many more), England, and Iran. His research includes an extensive work on the “Iranian Urban Musical Intonation” that resulted in the Homogeneity Index to compare two or more musical scale. His research interests include but not limited to: music and revolution, revival, world music theory, Intonation and cognition, music and the brain, issues in composing using non-western idioms, and multi-cultural composition. Mr. Osqueezadeh, accepted a faculty position at the Sūreh University, co-founded the Dārvak Institute of Music where he served as the director.
He co-founded the Dārvak Ensemble in 1993 and performed several concerts with the group. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays many Western and Persian instruments and as a soloist, composer, and conductor, Bahram has appeared on many radio and television programs in Iran and the United States. He is the winner of numerous awards in Iran including the Gold Award at the Eighth Nationwide Fajr Music Festival. Osqueezadeh has toured Iran, United States and Europe; regularly performed concerts premiering his original compositions.
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