Ali Pahlavan

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Ali Pahlavan
Background information
Born (1975-05-01) 1 May 1975 (age 46)
Tehran, Iran
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, music producer
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1998–present
Associated actsArian

Ali Pahlavan (Persian: علی پهلوان‎) (born 1 May 1975) is an Iranian–Australian musician, singer-songwriter, lyricist and composer. He started his professional music career in 1999 by establishing the first Iranian mixed gender pop band, Arian (Persian: گروه آریان‎). The band subsequently achieved nationwide success in the 2000s. Arian band has released 6 albums, sold more than 5 million records and performed more than 400 concerts world-wide. Their fifth album, titled Goodbye, was released in March 2015. They announced that this will be their last album. Ali continued with his solo music career.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Ali Pahlavan, an ethnic Mazandarani, was born on 1 May 1975, thirteen years before his younger brother, in Tehran, Iran. Although Pahlavan's primary instrument was the Daf (Persian: دف‎), a traditional musical instrument from Iran, he decided to continue his musical life with the Guitar. He started learning guitar from Vafa Faraji when he was 17. He studied Industrial Engineering in university and in addition to his music career, works as a project management consultant.[2] Ali immigrated to Australia and became an Australian citizen.

With the Arian band (1998–2015)[edit]

Ali and Payam Salehi, the other vocalist of Arian decided to create the first Iranian mixed gender pop band and have a concert together. This decision resulted a concert in Qeshm island one year later in 1998. This concert was the biggest leap for the group, where they met a producer who asked them to create an album, and things went bigger than they expected. Pahlavan and other members of Arian published 6 albums:[3]

  • Gol-e-Aftabgardoon (Sunflower) – 2000 – Sold more than 1.7 million official copies in Iran
  • Va Amma Eshgh (And but Love... ) – 2001 – Sold more than 2.5 million official copies in Iran[4]
  • Taa Binahayat (Till Eternity) – 2003 – Nominated for BBC3 World Music Award[5]
  • Bi To Ba To (Without You With You) – 2008 – Featuring Chris de Burgh[6]
  • Tak Ahangha – Single Tracks – 2011
  • Khodahafez (Goodbye) – 2015

Being on top of the charts in Iran, Arian decided to go beyond the borders and hold concerts worldwide.[7] They traveled to Canada, Europe, USA and some Asian countries and performed a lot of successful concerts world wide.[8] At one point the band sold more than 54,000 tickets for one of their concerts in less than six hours.[9] Touring Europe, they met Chris De Burgh and produced a Persian-English version of his song "The Words I Love You".[10]

Ali also published a book containing the chords and vocals notes of the Arian Band's songs. The book is called: The Arian Band Easy Guitar Songs.[11]

Solo career (2014–present)[edit]

Ali moved to Australia and started his career as a solo artist. He has released the following songs:[12][13]

  • Khaterehaye Sooto Koor (Silent Memories)
  • Tanhaye Tanha (All Alone)
  • Naab (Pure)
  • Veg Out (Instrumental)
  • With You Without You (featuring Vanessa Steele)
  • Khiale To (Your Dream)


  • Winner – People's Voice Prize – International Songwriting Competition 2018 – Ali Pahlavan – Song: Naab
  • Honorable Mention – World Music Category –  International Songwriting Competition 2018 – Ali Pahlavan – Song: Naab
  • Semi-finalist -Music City SongStar Songwriting competition Fall 2018 – Ali Pahlavan – Song: Naab
  • Semi-finalist -Unsigned Only  Songwriting competition 2019 – Ali Pahlavan – Song: Naab
  • Semi-finalist -BBC3 Audience Awards – The Arian Band – Album: Till Eternity
  • Certificate of Appreciation – World Food Programme – Ali Pahlavan and the Arian Band – Song: Footsteps of Hope.



  1. ^ "Ali Pahlavan's Official Website".
  2. ^ "Ali Pahlavan's Linkedin – Project Management Career".[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Arian Band". Spotify. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Ali Pahlavan's Discography".
  5. ^ a b "BBC – Arian nominated for BBC Award".
  6. ^ Chris de Burgh (14 September 2010), Chris de Burgh – The Words 'I Love You' / Nori Ta Abadiat – Dostet Daram (Official), retrieved 3 March 2019
  7. ^ cctvupload (7 February 2010), Arian – Iran's best-selling pop band – CCTV 100208, retrieved 3 March 2019
  8. ^ "Ali Pahlavan's live Performances".
  9. ^ BBC News (December 2004). "Iran's first pop revolutionaries". Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  10. ^ The Words 'I Love You' - Radio Edit, retrieved 18 August 2019
  11. ^ "The Arian Band Easy Guitar Songs: Volume 1 eBook: Ali Pahlavan, Mohammadreza Tajik: Kindle Store". Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  12. ^ Ali Pahlavan (September 2014). "Ali Pahlavan's official website".
  13. ^ "Ali Pahlavan". Spotify. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Alipahlavan". Alipahlavan. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  15. ^ AMCOS, APRA. "International Song Comp 2018 winners featuring The Presets, Sarah Aarons and more". Retrieved 18 August 2019.