Shahram Nazeri

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Shahraam Naazeri
شهرام ناظری - Shahram Nazeri.jpg
Background information
Native name
Persian: شهرام ناظری
Šahrâm Nâzeri
Born (1950-02-18) 18 February 1950 (age 69)[1]
Kermanshah, Iran[1]
GenresKurdish music, Iranian music
Occupation(s)Singer, composer
Years active1958–present

Shahram Nazeri (Persian: شهرام ناظری‎; Persian pronunciation: [ʃæhˈɾɒːm nɒːzɛˈɾiː]; kurdish: şehram nazirî; also Romanized as Shahrām Nāzeri; born 18 February 1950) is a contemporary Iranian tenor from Kermanshah who sings classical music. He has been accompanied by some of the authorities of Iranian traditional music such as Jalil Shahnaz, Hossein Alizadeh, Jalal Zolfonoun and Faramarz Payvar. He has also worked with his son Hafez Nazeri, a composer.

Born in a Kurdish family, he was the first musician to include Rumi's poetry within Persian music, thus establishing a tradition of Sufi music within both Persian classical music and Kurdish music.[1]The Christian Science Monitor has called him "Iran's Pavarotti".[2] Most recently he was awarded with Chevalier des Arts et Lettres medal from the government of France[3] for his lifetime achievements in Iranian traditional music. Also Asia Society has awarded him by Lifetime Cultural Heritage Award.[4]

Shahram Nazeri has been established as a significant artist in Iran since the 1970s. His first albums which were in the form of mutual albums with Mohammad-Reza Shajarian, were published by the Chavoush institute by the end of the late the 1970s. The content of these albums were filled with liberalism and patriotic ideas.

Nazeri has released over forty recordings to date; His "The One Hundred Leaf Flower" (Gol'eh Sad Barg) recording has held the record for the highest selling album of Persian classical music and Sufi music in history. His musical talents were first nurtured by his mother at a very young age. Throughout his childhood, he was under the tutelage of the most renowned masters of Persian music including Abdollah Davami, Nourali Boroumand, and Mahmood Karimi. At eleven, he performed on the national Iranian television live for the first time.[1] By twenty-nine, he had gained a loyal fan base. He has continued to perform in Iran and abroad over the course of the last two decades. He has performed at major venues worldwide, including The festival of Avignon, Theâtre de la Ville in Paris, The Tokyo Summer festival[5], The Kodak Theatre (Oscar ceremony) in Los Angeles, and the Royal Albert Hall, the Festa del Popolo in Italy, The Beiteddine Festival in Lebanon, the Kölner Philharmonic in Germany, Asia Society, World Music Instituted and Brooklyn Academy of Music BAM in New York, the Roma Europa Festival in Rome, São Paulo Music Festival in Brazil and Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco and many others.[citation needed]

From early on, Nazeri began to sing and compose music to the works of Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi, Iran's most cherished Sufi poet. Nazeri was also pioneering in assimilating contemporary Persian poetry into the classical repertoire. His progressive approach to music has led to collaborative new projects with his son, composer and singer Hafez Nazeri. In year 2000 they performed Hafez's new composition in Iran which has held the record for the most highly attended concert 140.000 in entire Middle East. In 2005/06 Nazeri along with his son's new Rumi ensemble launched "In the Path of Rumi," a highly successful North American tour which performed record-breaking sold-out concerts, to rave reviews. The venues, included Los Angeles' Kodak theater (12/11/05), - the most highly attended Persian classical music concert outside of Iran.


Some of his albums are[citation needed]:


Nazeri and Hossein Alizadeh concert in Madrid, 2011

His international appeal led to several invitations to speak at various media outlets, including radio stations such as NPR in the United States, BBC, a live appearance on the Fox Channel (3/10/06), and an exclusive on ABC NEWS, following a recent New York performance. Master Nazeri’s performances have garnered critical acclaim worldwide and won him awards at music festivals around the world. In 1975, he won First Prize at the Concours de Musique Traditionelle, the first competition to showcase Iran’s great performers. More recently, the Ministry of Culture in Iran named him the Best Singer of Classical Persian and Sufi Music. UCLA has honored Shahram Nazeri with the Living Legend Award. The United Nations has honored Nazeri with are cognition award for his legendary contribution to the revival of Kurdish and Iranian Classical Music. The Irvine City Hall Award of Distinction in Persian music was given to Shahram Nazeri for his contributions in spreading Rumi’s spiritual message of peace through the language of music. February 25, 2006, was named "SHAHRAM NAZERI DAY" in San Diego County by the Mayor and the Chairman of San Diego’s Board of Supervisors. Soon after this date Shahram Nazeri also received a recognition award from the Congress of the United States and was invited to perform and lecture at Stanford University, Columbia University, University of California Berkeley, University of California Los Angeles UCLA, Emory University in Atlanta and Harvard University where he was recognized for his pioneering efforts in introducing Rumi to the West as well as for his innovations in Persian music. Shahram Nazeri awarded France’s Chevalier des Arts et Lettres medal on September 2007. Persian Nightingale achieved this award because of his efforts in Iranian classical music and introducing it to the western countries during these three decades. He also received the Lifetime Cultural Heritage Award at the Annual Dinner of the Asia Society of New York on November 6, 2007.

On 19 June 2014, it was announced that Nazari will receive France's National Order of Merit.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Iran Chamber Society: Iranian Music: Shahram Nazeri". Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  2. ^ "Iran's Pavarotti: Sharam Nazeri". Christian Science Monitor. 1997-06-11. ISSN 0882-7729. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  3. ^ Digest, Persia (2018-02-18). "Shahram Nazeri: The legend of epic Persian song". en. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  4. ^ "2007 Annual Dinner Highlights Expansions, Initiatives". Asia Society. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  5. ^ Pronko, Michael (2006-07-07). "Tokyo Summer Festival, 2006: "Songs of the Earth/Music in the Streets"". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2019-07-30.

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