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Violin virtuoso Baharlu honored in Tehran ceremony

TEHRAN, April 19 (Mehr News Agency) -- Violinist Mohammad Baharlu (1928-2005) was honored during a ceremony at Tehran's Niavaran Cultural Center on Friday. His life and works were reviewed during the event, which was organized by his daughters.

At the beginning of the ceremony, a biographical video clip was screened and his daughter Kimia Baharlu described some episodes of his life. Several musicians also spoke at the event.

Vocalist Aminollah Rashidi said that Baharlu was one of his oldest friends and stated that he enriched Persian music and trained many world-renowned violinists.

Composer and violin virtuoso Homayun Khorram said that Baharlu was an innovative musician who masterfully rearranged some of Abolhassan Saba's compositions. At an early age, he established a music institute on Lalehzar Street with the intention of improving Persian music, Khorram added.

Flute virtuoso Abbas Khoshdel said that he is grateful to Baharlu for discovering his talent in composition and helping him develop it.

Baharlu, who is regarded as one of Iran's first violin virtuosos, wrote a six-volume instructional book on playing the violin in the Iranian style.

Baharlu was taught by maestro Abolhassan Saba and eventually mastered the art of performing traditional Iranian music and later started teaching and composing music.

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