Darya Dadvar

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Daryā Dādvar,[1] (Persian: دريا دادور ‎, born in Mashhad, Iran) is an accomplished Iranian soprano soloist and composer living in Paris, France.

Darya Dadvar
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Background information
Origin Mashhad, Iran
Genres Classical, World music
Persian classical music
Occupation(s) Soprano, Composer
Website www.daryadadvar.com


Darya is a native of Rasht, but she grew up in Tehran. In 1991, she left Iran for France where she studied music. She is a graduate of The National Conservatory in Toulouse, France. She earned her Diplôme d'Etudes Musicales in voice in June 1999, and, subsequently, she completed a four-year professional course in the Baroque style at the Conservatory of Toulouse in 2000. Darya also holds a postgraduate Master of Arts degree from School of Fine Arts of Toulouse (Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Toulouse).


Darya has given concert performances in Canada, France, Germany, Iran, Sweden, the United Kingdom and United States of America. In 2002, Darya was a guest performer in Tehran with the Armenian Symphony Orchestra in the role of Tahmineh, in a work composed and directed by Loris Tjeknavorian based on the tragedy of Rostam and Sohrab, one of the most fascinating tales of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh (The Book of Kings). Apart from singing in English, French, German, Italian and Persian, Darya performs in various native languages of Iran, such as Armenian, Azeri, Gilaki, Kurdish and Mazandarani.


  1. ^ Daryā (دريا) (Old Persian: Drayah, Middle Persian: Drayā, Sanskrit: Jrayaḥ) [1] is the Persian word for Sea, or Ocean (similar to the sea), and Dādvar (دادور), a combination of Dād (داد), Justice, and var (ور), a suffix indicative of one's profession or vocation, for Jurist or Chief Justice (in general, someone whose main business is judicial administration of law and equity). For comparison, Dāneshvar, a combination of Dānesh, Knowledge, Science, and var, is the Persian word for Scientist. The word Dādvar is archaic, if not obsolete, and it is conceivable that the contemporary word Dāvar (داور), Arbiter, Arbitrator, Judge, or sports referee may be Dādvar itself, abbreviated through its frequent use over perhaps millennia, or is a direct descendant of it. The "v" in Dādvar should be pronounced as "w" and the "a" as "aa".
    [1] Roland G. Kent, Old Persian Studies, Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 62, No. 4, pp. 266-277 (1942). JSTOR

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