Hossein Alizâdeh

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Hossein Alizâdeh
Hossein Alizadeh at Vahdat Hall 02.jpg
Background information
Born (1951-08-23) August 23, 1951 (age 65)
Origin Tehran, Iran
Genres Persian traditional music, Sound track
Occupation(s) Composer, lute player
Instruments Tar, setar (also sallaneh, shurangiz)
Years active 1973–present

Hossein Alizâdeh (Persian: حسین علیزاده‎‎), is an Iranian composer,[1] radif-preserver, researcher, teacher, and tar and setar instrumentalist and improviser, described by Allmusic as a leading Iranian classical composer and musician.[2]

He has made numerous recording with prominent musicians including Shajarian, Nazeri, Madjid Khaladj, and Gasparyan, and is a member of the Musical group, Masters of Persian Music.

Music career[edit]

Alizâdeh was born in 1951 in Tehran to an Azeri father (from Urmia) and a Persian mother (from Tehran).[3] As a teenager he attended secondary school at a music conservatory[3] until 1975. His music studies continued at the University of Tehran, where his focus was composition and performance.[3] He began postgraduate studies at the Tehran University of Art. After the Iranian Revolution, he resumed his studies at the University of Berlin, where he studied composition and musicology.[3]

Alizâdeh plays the tar and setar. He has performed with two of Iran's national orchestras, as well as with the Aref Ensemble, the Shayda Ensemble,[3] and Masters of Persian Music. In Europe, his first professional performance was with the Bejart Ballet Company’s orchestra in a performance of a Maurice Béjart ballet called Golestan.[3]

Over the years Alizâdeh's teachers have included Houshang Zarif, Ali Akbar Shahnazi, Nur-Ali Borumand, Mahmoud Karimi, Abdollah Davami, Yusef Forutan, and Sa'id Hormozi.[citation needed]


He has been nominated for the 2007 Grammy Award along with Armenian musician, Djivan Gasparyan, for their collaboration album, The Endless Vision. In 2008, he was voted as "Iran's most distinguished musician of the year".

In November 28, 2014 he refused to accept France’s high distinction in art, Legion of Honour.[4]


  • Dâd o Bidâd: A new maqâm in Persian music, through combining the gusheh of dâd in dastgah of Mahour and the gusheh of bidâd in dastgah of Homayoun.
  • Sallaneh and Shoor-Angiz: Two new musical instruments derived from the ancient Persian lute barbat.


Alizadeh at a concert in London. From right to left: Alizadeh, Homayoun Shajarian, Mohammad-Reza Shajarian and Kayhan Kalhor

Film scores[edit]


  1. ^ "همشهری آنلاین". Hamshahrionline.ir. November 21, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ Harris, Craig. "Hossein Alizâdeh > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Harris, Craig. "Hossein Alizâdeh: Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-04-20. 
  4. ^ http://en.mehrnews.com/detail/News/104838
  5. ^ Hossein Alizâdeh at the Internet Movie Database
  • Laudan Nooshin, in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, edited by Stanley Sadie, second edition (Macmillan, London, 2001). ISBN 1-56159-239-0. (Oxford University Press, 2001). ISBN 0-19-517067-9.

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