Hossein Alizâdeh

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Hossein Alizâdeh
Background information
Born 1951 (age 64–65)
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.


Alizadeh was born in 1951 in Tehran to Azeri and Persian parents.[3] He graduated from the music conservatory in 1975 and entered the school of fine arts in the University of Tehran where he studied composition and Persian music. He continued his education at the Berlin University of the Arts in composition and musicology. He studied with various masters of Traditional Persian Music such as Houshang Zarif, Ali Akbar Shahnazi, Nur-Ali Borumand, Mahmoud Karimi, Abdollah Davami, Yusef Forutan, and Sa'id Hormozi. From these masters he learned the radif of Persian classical music.

Hossein Alizadeh is considered as one of the most important figures in contemporary Persian music, exemplifying excellence in traditional Persian music today. Alizadeh received a BA in Music Composition and Performance from the University of Tehran, and then studied Composition and Musicology at Berlin University. He has taught at University of Tehran and Tehran Music Conservatory. He has performed, as a solo artist, in Iran, North America, Europe and Asia. He was the conductor and soloist in The Iranian National Orchestra of Radio and Television. He established the acclaimed Aref Ensemble and has often worked with the Shayda Ensemble. His first professional experience in Europe was performing with the famous Bejart Ballet Company’s orchestra for Maurice Bejart's ballet, Gulistan.

He plays the tar and setar, and has recently derived the sallaneh and shurangiz from the ancient Persian lute barbat.


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 28th, 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

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  1. ^ "همشهری آنلاین". Hamshahrionline.ir. November 21, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ Harris, Craig. "Hossein Alizâdeh > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved August 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ "AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  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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