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Persian Music Maestros to be honored at The 2nd Persian Golden Lioness Awards In Budapest Hungary

Report on WAALM®'s Official Announcements by Darius KADIVAR




Oh, music is the meat of all who love,
Music uplifts the soul to realms above.
The ashes glow, the latent fires increase:
We listen and are fed with joy and peace


-Jalaluddin Rumi



With a deeply rooted culture and civilization that spans over more than two millenniums, Persians as a community both inside and outside their motherland have greatly contributed to the Arts and intellectual emancipation of their contemporaries. Paradoxically the turmoil's of history and exile have also enriched an introspection on ourselves as a community and on our responsibility as Artists, Writers or Intellectuals as well as citizens of our country of adoption to play a part in a dialogue of civilizations so necessary in our tormented World. It is to respond to the growing desire of not only recognition but also encouragement of Persian Artists, Writers and people of culture Worldwide as well as that of their colleagues in their new country of adoption that The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media – WAALM® took an unprecedented initiative to support, develop, and promote the dramatic and fine arts, creative writing and poetry, as well as professional journalism and media productions by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners, and benefiting the public. Thus it has created the Golden Persian Lioness Awards® which is in its second year of existence has no other ambition than to encourage and promote men and women who through their work subscribe to the humanistic values and love of beauty so dearly cherished by our great Persian poets through the ages.


The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media – WAALM®  is proud to announce that this years recipient Awardees will pay tribute to three generations of  Musicians whose work is a source of continued inspiration and admiration.


The board of governors and by authority of the same on recommendation of the Academy, hereby confirm the nomination of :


Maestro Alexander (Ali ) Rahbari An Award of Excellence in Music Category (Best Conductor)


Mrs. Monika Jalili An Award of Excellence in MUSIC Category
(Classic Music Best Soprano Performer) 


Special Tribute to the late André Aminollah Hossein (1905-1983)


Western Music is inseparable from his Iranian roots says Alexander (Ali) Rahbari. The famed Music Conductor Rahbari studied violin and composition with Rahmatollah Badiee and Hossein Dehlavi at the Persian National Music Conservatory. From the age of 17 he was a violinist at the Fine Arts Administration Orchestra, No. 1 (conducted by H. Dehlavi). After receiving his violin diploma from the National Conservatory he won a scholarship from the Persian Ministry of Culture and Art and moved to Austria. Rahabari continued his studies in composition and conducting at the Vienna Academy with Gottfried von Einem, Hans Swarovsky and Karl Österreicher.

Some months after his return to Persia, in 1973 he became director of the Persian National Music Conservatory and in 1974 director of the Tehran Conservatory of Music until 1977.

During this time Rahbari, in co-operation with some young Persian musicians, established Iran's Jeunesse Musicale Orchestra where he was its music director and permanent conductor. He also conducted the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, the National Iranian Radio and Television (NIRT) Chamber Orchestra and the Tehran Opera Orchestra as a guest conductor in Roudaki Hall.

In 1977 he immigrated to Europe. In the same year he won the first prize of the Conducting Competition in Besancon, France and in 1978 received the silver medal in Geneva International Conducting Competition. In this year he recorded 3 LPs entitled "Symphonische Dichtungen aus Persien" [Symphonic Poems from Persia] with Nurenberg Symphony Orchestra in Germany including 6 works by some of the greatest 20th century Persian composers: "Bijan & Manijeh" by Hossein Dehlavi, "Dance", "Ballet-Immpressionen" and "Rhapsodie" by Ahmad Pejman, "Sheherazade" by Aminollah (Andre) Hossein, "Iranian Suite" by Houshang Ostovar, "Persian Mysticism in G" (his own composition) and "Mouvement Symphonic" by Mohammad-Taghi Massoudieh.


1979 was the most important year in Rahbari's career. He was invited to conduct Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and in 1980 Salzburg Easter Festival became Karajan's assistant.

From 1988 to 1996 Rahbari was the principal conductor of the Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic Orchestra and after that became music director of Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra.


In 2005, Maestro Rahbari was invited to Iran as the Permanent Conductor of Tehran Symphony Orchestra. His return and performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, after thirty years in the country, become the biggest music event of the past three decades.

Married to a violinist from Croatia, Alexander Rahbari is father of five children. Something of a new Renaissance man, he is a passionate artist and has painted portraits of several international music personalities and his life time dream is the music adaptation of the 154 Shakespeare sonnets into an Opera which he hopes to one day play in Tehran.


Aminollah André Hossein, is a French composer of Persian origins Born 1905 in Samarkand, died 1983 in Paris was a celebrated Persian composer and Tar soloist.

His mother was Persian and his father was one of Qafqaz immigrants to Persia. Aminollah Hossein lived for a few years in Persia (Iran) before he left the country for his academic studies. He was studying in Moscow when the 1917 Revolution occurred. He then left for Germany and continued his studies there, where his father wanted him to do medicine. Simultaneously, however, he studied music at the Stuttgart Conservatory, and later in Tübingen and Berlin, where he studied piano with Arthur Schnabel and composition with W. Klatt. He settled in France in 1927 and entered the Paris Conservatory, where he studied composition and orchestration with Paul Vidal.

As a composer, Hossein was much inspired by traditional Persian music, and most of his works demonstrate this intellectual preoccupation. He knew the taar very well and could be considered one of the great taar players of his time. He began playing this instrument, ancestor to most string instruments, as a child, and later composed several works for it. He was a fairly prolific composer and was generally acclaimed by the critics. He also composed some twenty film scores, mostly for films directed by his son, Robert Hossein, the French actor and director. In 1947 He finished his famous project, Persepolis Symphony. In 1951 he made a symphony on Khayyam poems. By an irony of fate and destiny his these compostions will be used this September by his son Robert Hossein in a grand spectacle Ben Hur at the Stade de France which will also mark the 101 anniversary of the late André Aminollah Hossein.

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She is certainly THE music revelation of this year in the Iranian community abroad. Born in New York City, Monika Jalili is a fresh addition to the world music scene. Having married an Iranian, this New Yorker was immersed in Persian music, and eventually decided to take her passion seriously. With her debut CD entitled "Noor Saaz", Monika and her music group have managed to capture the minds of young and old and to bridge the gaps of culture, language and sound for so many music lovers. 

is a classically trained a degree in Vocal Performance from The Manhattan School of Monika has been a performer on stage and film since the age of 12. Her performances have taken her to Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, The Producers Club, The Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, The Moscow Conservatory of Music, The Starlight Roof at the Waldorf Astoria, The Wortham Center (Houston), Wolf Trap (Virginia), The Schubert Theatre (New Haven) and venues throughout Europe, and around the US. She has appeared with such talents as Steve Allen and John Astin, and has performed and been interviewed on Iranian television and radio from studios in Los Angeles and aired worldwide. Monika was a student of the late Beverley Peck Johnson. She is fluent in German and French and is progressing steadily with Persian. Monika's great love of Persian music and culture led her to create NoorSaaz.

The 2nd Annual Persian Golden Lioness Awards® will be held in Budapest in October of 2006. Hungary and its beautiful, cultural and historical capital Budapest is not only the host city for the Awards but also one of the Award wining nations being honored and participating in all categories of our academy. WAALM ® will give full accommodation to the Awardees for their three-day stay visit that will include a tour of the city's highlights and will culminate by the Awards Ceremony. The latter will be covered by our academy's Media Partner KTV® a major broadcasting Hungarian company that will showcase the event to more than 300 000 Viewers.

The Hosts : Prof. M. Dorbayani, PhD and Dr. Marjan Abdi, PhD
the Founders of The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media – WAALM®
And Directors of the International Further Studies Institute-IFSI®


The Persian Golden Lioness Awards® will be conferred out in three major categories including the Arts (Dramatic Arts, Fine Arts, and Music), Literature (Novels, Short stories, Poetry, Lyrics, and Play-writing) and Media (News TVs, Radios, Websites, Magazines, Media Productions). Last year's award recipients included agencies such as Voice of America – VOA® and BBC® as well as legends such as Houshmand Aghili, Muhammad Heidari, Akbar Golpayegani,  Sattar, Behrouz Vossoughi and Masoud Assadolahi were honored.

Author's Notes :

(*) The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media- WAALM® is an extension and awarding body of the International Further Studies Institute-IFSI® .

(**) Special thanks to Mr. Nima Kiann founder of Les Ballets Persans in Sweden for feedback on Mr. Rahbari and Mr. Farya Pirbazari, and Mr.Pejman Akbarzadeh for their historical and musical feedback on the late André Aminollah Hossein.

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About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, writer and film Editor of Namak Cultural Magazine in LA/USA. He operates as Paris based PR & Press for
WAALM® 2nd annual Awards 2006.



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