Hossein Alizadeh

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Hossein Alizadeh
Background information
Born (1951-08-23) August 23, 1951 (age 72)
OriginTehran, Iran
GenresPersian Traditional, Contemporary Classical, Soundtrack
Occupation(s)Composer, Tar and Setar Player
Instrument(s)Tar, Setar (also Sallaneh, Shurangiz)
Years active1973–present

Hossein Alizadeh (August 23, 1951) (Persian: حسین علیزاده) is an Iranian musician, composer,[1] radif-preserver, researcher, teacher, and tar, shurangiz and setar instrumentalist and improviser.[2] He has performed with such musicians as Shahram Nazeri, Mohammad-Reza Shajarian, Alireza Eftekhari and Jivan Gasparyan, as well as with a number of orchestras and ensembles.

Music career[edit]

Alizadeh was born in 1951 in Tehran. His father was from Urmia and his mother from Arak.[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]

Alizadeh 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]


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]


  • Dad o Bidad: A new maqam in Persian music, through combining the gusheh of dad in dastgah of Mahour and the gusheh of bidad 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. Archived from the original on September 16, 2008. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
  2. ^ Harris, Craig. "Hossein Alizadeh > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Harris, Craig. "Hossein Alizadeh: Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  4. ^ "Iranian musician refuses French Chevalier of Legion of Honor". November 29, 2014. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  5. ^ Hossein Alizadeh at IMDb
  • 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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