Tehran 28 September 2005 (CHN) -- Loris Tjeknavorian is appointed by Peter Marboe, secretary of the International Mozart Festival to perform for the 250th anniversary of the great Austrian composer, Mozart, in Tehran.
27th of January 2006 is the 250th birthday of Mozart. Every year his birthday is celebrated with concerts, operas, and special festivals around the world. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (January 27, 1756 - December 5, 1791) is among the most significant and enduringly popular composers of European classical music. His enormous output includes works that are widely acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music. Mozart himself is universally recognized as a musical genius, having learnt to compose at the age five and showing an encyclopedic grasp of every musical form of his time despite having lived only for 35 years.
For his 2006 birthday, Loris Tjeknavorian, world-renown Iranian musician, has been appointed by Peter Marboe, secretary of the Mozart Foundation and his International Festival, to perform in commemoration of Mozart in Tehran, Iran.
"With the cooperation of Iran- Austria Cultural Center and the Roodaki Center in Iran, we, alongside other countries of the world, will perform a concert in Vahdat Hall for the commemoration of the 250th celebration of this great composer," said Tjeknavorian to CHN.
However, as Tjeknavorian explained, since the birthday of this musician coincides with the mournful days of Imam Hossein (the third Imam of Shiite Muslims)'s martyrdom, the ceremony will be held on the day of Mozart's death, 5th of December, in Iran.
Loris Tjeknavorian was born in Iran in 1937. After studying violin and piano at the Tehran Conservatory of Music, he studied composition at the Vienna Music Academy where, in 1961, he graduated with honors. Shortly after his graduation four of his piano compositions and his ballet Fantastique were published by Doeblinger in Vienna.
From 1961 to 1963 Tjeknavorian taught music theory at the Tehran Conservatory of Music. At the same time, he was appointed director of the National Music Archives in Tehran and was in charge of collecting and researching traditional Iranian folk -music and national instruments. In 1963, back in Austria, Prof. Carl Orff granted him a scholarship, which allowed him to reside in Salzburg and to complete his opera "Rostam and Sohrab".
Tjeknavorian has conducted international orchestras throughout the world: in Austria, UK, USA, Canada, Hungary, Copenhagen, Iran, Finland, USSR, Armenia, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Denmark, Israel, etc. His own compositions have been performed by major orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra Helsinki, the American Symphony Orchestra in New York, the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the London Percussion Virtuosies, the Strasbourg Percussion Ensemble and English Chamber Orchestra, etc.
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