Hamid Motebassem

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Hamid Motebassem
Hamid Motebassem playing setar
Background information
Birth nameHamid Motebassem
Born1958 (age 61–62)
OriginMashhad, Razavi Khorasan, Iran
GenresPersian traditional music
Occupation(s)Composer, performer
InstrumentsTar, Setar

Hamid Motebassem (Persian: حمید متبسم) (b. 1958 Mashhad)[1] is a classical Persian musician and tar and setar player.

His first teacher was his father. Later, he studied with musicians like Mohammad Reza Lotfi, Hossein Alizadeh and Hushang Zarif. In 1991, Motebassem founded Dastan ensemble [2] which is one of the outstanding ensembles of contemporary Persian music.


  • Simorq (based on Ferdowsi's Shahnameh) for voice, choire and orchestre of Persian instruments [3]
  • Zemzeme-haa [Whispers], for voice and Persian instruments [4]
  • Darya, for traditional Persian instruments.


  1. ^ "Hamid Motebassem, Iranian Composer, Tar and Setar Player: BIO".
  2. ^ www.dastan.net
  3. ^ Seemorgh Project website
  4. ^ New female-hope for Persian classical music