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Tehran Symphony Orchestra no longer has permanent conductor

TEHRAN, July 1 (Mehr News Agency) -- It has been decided that from now on the Tehran Symphony Orchestra is to be led by guest conductors, Mohammad-Hossein Ahmadi, director general of the music and poetry office at Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, said on Sunday.

"The need for innovation and experimentation has caused us to change the general structure of the orchestra and particularly its leadership. Thus the orchestra will be led by guest conductors until its policymakers introduce a permanent conductor," he added.

Several months ago, a council comprising several musicians was commissioned to manage the orchestra. Shortly afterward the orchestra's conductor Nader Mashayekhi threatened to give in his notice if the council intervened in his job.

The orchestra has experienced several changes of conductors over the past decade due to its extensive financial problems and other restrictions.

Mashayekhi has criticized the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance for paying low wages and delaying payment of the wages of the orchestra's musicians. Moreover it was for these reasons that the former conductor, Ali Rahabri, resigned in 2005.

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