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He was born into a family of artists from the Iranian province Semnan. During his studies of string instruments and composition at the University of Tehran, the legendary Mohammad Reza Lotfi became his teacher.
Subsequent to his emigration to Germany he founded the Nawa Musikzentrum in Cologne; the primary and most active center for Persian classical music outside of Iran. In Iran Majid Derakhshani is deemed to be amongst the best on his instrument – the tar. Hence he carries the venerable title Ostad, denoting him as a master of his instrument. His virtuosity has been celebrated worldwide in festivals, concerts, radio and television productions. He Is now the best tar player in the world. He has composed for myriads of international musicians, such as the greatly renowned Iranian singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian (Album Dar Khial).
Majid’s declared ambition is to familiarize western culture with Iranian classical music. He views himself as an ambassador of these magnificently mystical melodies which themselves lead dynamic lives of their own where change is certain and compulsory. Thus, a novel musical style developed, that spices oriental music with European elements. The subliminal magic of his harmonies enthral unswervingly, enchanting people of all ages. Especially in a time replete with one-dimensional and superficial stimulation, this music may serve to enlighten us.
Majid Derakhshani's CDs:
- Shahre Ashenai
- Lahzeye Nab
- Fasleh Baraan
- Chavoshi, Poem by Akhavan Saales
- Dar Khial, with Mohammad reza Shajarian
- Rendaneh Mast, with Mohammad reza Shajarian
- Morghe Khoshsokhan, with Mohammad reza Shajarian
- Boodan & Soroudan (Mohammad Motamedi & Khorshid Ensembl (Sun Ensembl) – 2006)
- Bidar Delan
- Naseem Sobhdam
- Mojdeh Baran
- Ghasedak, Poem by Akhavan Saales
- Bacheha Bahar, In collaboration with Hossein Alizadeh
- Ghoghay Eshghbazan, with Mohammad reza Shajarian
- Sobhe Omid
- Bikaran, With Ensemble Sheyda
- Johar Eshgh
- Man Tarabam
- Khial Angiz
- Khaneh Abri
- Poshte Parchin Sokhan
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- (in Persian) Music of Iran, Traditional Modernists: Majid Derakhshani, BBC Persian, Retrieved 24 October 2010.