Jalil Shahnaz

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Jalil Shahnaz
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Background information
Born (1921-05-22)22 May 1921
Isfahan, Persia (Iran)
Died 17 June 2013(2013-06-17) (aged 92)
Tehran, Iran
Genres Persian classical music
Occupation(s) Professional musician

Jalil Shahnaz (Persian: جلیل شهناز) was one of the greatest maestros of Persian classical music and a virtuoso of the tar.[1]


Jalili Shahnaz was born in 1921 in Isfahan, Persia (Iran). Shahnaz studied under the supervision of Abdolhossein Shahnazi and Hossein Shahnaz and befriended ney player Hassan Kassai.[2]

According to the book Persian Musicians by Pejman Akbarzadeh: "Shahnaz started his activities in 1949 at Radio Isfahan and in 1957 he was invited to cooperate with Radio Tehran. In the capital he worked as a soloist at Golha program and also later he was quite active at Persian music programs of Shiraz/Persepolis Arts Festival. Shahnaz in the late 1980s became a member of "Persian Music Maestros Ensemble". The ensemble performed various concerts inside and outside of Persia."[3]

Persian classical vocalist Shajarian named his most recent musical group "Shahnaz" in honor of Mastero Shahnaz.[4]

Shahnaz died in Tehran on 17 June 2013.


  • "Atr Afshan" (tar solo, accompanied by Mohammad Esmaeili, tombak).
  • "Zaban-e tar" (tar solo, accompanied by Jahangir Malek, tombak).
  • "15 Pieces for Tar & Setar" (transcribed by Houshang Zarif). Soroud Publications, Tehran, 2000.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.harmonytalk.com/archives/000556.html
  2. ^ "به مناسبت سالروز میلاد جلیل شهناز". Musiceiranian.ir. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  3. ^ "Vlogs: Jalil Shahnaz, Persian Music Maestro Passes Away". iroon.com. 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  4. ^ محمود خوشنام کارشناس موسیقی (1970-01-01). "BBC فارسی - صدای شما - شجریان، درخشانی و شهناز؛ شبی از شب‌های خوش غربت". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-19.