Ahmad Pejman

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Ahmad Pejman
Background information
Born (1937-07-09) 9 July 1937 (age 82)
Years active1965
Associated actsIranian Association of Film Composers

Ahmad Pejman (Persian: احمد پژمان‎ ; born 1935), also spelled as Ahmad Pezhman, is an Iranian classical composer who resides in the United States. Pejman is notable for his operatic and symphonic works.


Born in 1935 in Lar, Iran, Pejman was exposed to the sounds and rhythms of southern Iran from early childhood. In high school he started violin lessons with Heshmat Sanjari and music theory with Hossein Nassehi.

As a young violinist with the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, he was awarded a scholarship to study composition at the Music Academy in Vienna. He studied composition with Thomas Christian David, Alfred Uhl, and Hans Jelineck, Friedrich Cerha As a first year student at the Academy, Pejman's compositions were performed by the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and his orchestral work Rhapsody was performed by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. In his third year as a student, he was commissioned to write the first Persian Opera Rustic Festival for the opening of the Tehran Opera house, Rudaki Hall. Upon graduation from the Academy of Music in Vienna, Pejman returned to Iran in 1968, where he was commissioned to write the opera Hero of Sahand (Delāvar-e-Sahand) which was based on legendary Persian hero Babak Khorramdin. The opera was premiered at Roudaki Hall in 1968. Between 1969 and 1978, Pejman continued to compose symphonic works, operas, ballets, and also wrote many scores for motion pictures and television programs.

In 1976, three years before the Iranian revolution, Pejman moved to New York, where he entered Columbia University's Doctorate of Music program in New York and continued his studies with Buelant Arel, Vladimir Ushachevsky and Jack Beeson.

In 1984, Pejman moved to Los Angeles and continued to compose and arrange music for jazz and pop ensembles, and motion pictures Threat, 1985.

In 1992, Pejman was commissioned to write a cantata for choir and orchestra for the liberation of Khorramshahr Beh Yade Khorramshahr, 1992. He was then commissioned to write music for a musical theater to be performed at Vahdat Hall (previously called Rudaki) Mokhtar, 1993. Since 1993 Pejman has been writing film music and composing for the orchestra and choir and released various soundtracks and CDs.


Pejman has written orchestral works, operas, film scores, ballet pieces, and popular music.

  • Concerto for nine instruments 1964 (Student at Music Academy in Vienna)
  • Rhapsody for orchestra 1965 (Student at Music Academy in Vienna)
  • Sonata for viola and piano (1966) (Student at Music Academy in Vienna)
  • Parsian Overture (1966) (Student at Music Academy in Vienna)
  • Rustic Festival, Opera in one act for the opening of Rudaki Opera house,1967
  • The Hero of Sahand, Opera in 2 acts, 1968
  • The Illumination, Ballet, 1969
  • Samandar, Opera in three acts, 1970
  • Baba Barfi, Children Music, 1971
  • Gol Omad, Bahar Omad, Children Music, 1971
  • Music for Poems of Nima Youshij, recited by Ahmad Shamlou, 1972
  • Chamber Music for Santoor and Tombak, 1972
  • Ballet-Impressions, 1973
  • Ayyaran, Ballet for Persian Instruments, 1974
  • Symphonic Sketches, 1975
  • Hemmaseh, Ballet (performed by Manchester Ballet Company 1976
  • 3 Pieces for Jazz Ensemble 1980
  • Music Arrangement and Pop compositions 1988-1991
  • Khorramshahr, Cantata for soloist, chorus and orchestra 1992
  • Mokhtar, Musical Theater 1993
  • Seven Hurdles of Rostam, Ballet 1996
  • Resurrection, Oratorio Mosfilm Orchestra Moscow Academy Choir 2007
  • Sohrab, Music for Soloist, Choir and Orchestra (on Sohrab Sepehri poems 2009
  • Shadows of the Sun 2010 (to be released on Hermes Records 2010)
  • Norooz Symphony in 5 movements 2011
  • Divertimento in 4 movements for String Orchestra 2016
  • Parsava - 5 movements for solo piano 2016
  • Sarzamin Delavaran (Land of the Brave) 2017

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