Sohrab Pournazeri

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Sohrab Pournazeri (Persian: سهراب پور ناظری, born 25 April 1983) is an Iranian musician and composer. He plays Kamancheh and tanbour.

Sohrab Pournazeri
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Background information
Born (1983-04-25) 25 April 1983 (age 37)
Kermanshah, Iran
GenresPersian Classical Music
Occupation(s)Soloist, composer
InstrumentsKamancheh, Tanbour, Daf, Tar, Setar
Years active1997–present
WebsiteSohrab Pournazeri Official


Sohrab Pournazeri was born in Kermanshah on April 25, 1983, to Kurdish parents and had a musical upbringing. His father, Kaykhosrow Pournazeri was a well-known musician who played tanbour and tar. Kaykhosrow Pournazeri was the founder of the first ensemble of tanbour, he introduced this sacred instrument of Ahl-e Haqq to the urban musical culture of Iran. His ensemble also introduced several musicians that later became established artists of Persian music.

Pournazeri performing at Saadabad Palace

At a very young age, Sohrab began studying tanbour and daf, and later tar and setar before finding his true calling by taking up kamancheh. Sohrab's first choice was the folk instrument of tanbour due to his orientation, but he added kamancheh to improve his career as Iranian classical musician. He began performing before audiences with Shams Ensemble at the age of fifteen.

Sohrab Purnazeri learned tanbour from his father, Kaykhosrow Pournazeri, kamancheh from Ardeshir Kamkar, vocalization from Hamid Reza Noorbakhsh. He received his bachelor's degree in music from the Faculty of the Arts, Sooreh University in Tehran in 2001.


Souhrab Pournazeri currently plays with Shams Ensemble which was established in 1980 and is focused on Persian classical music as well as musical tradition of Sufi and Ahl-e Haqq culture. Pournazeri's primary performance instruments are kamancheh and tanbour.

Playing style[edit]

Sohrab Pournazeri's style is rooted in both Persian classical music as well as folk and sacred musical culture of Ahl-e Haqq in Iranian Western province of Kermanshah.[citation needed]

Live performances[edit]

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