Payvand.com - For the first
time in Amsterdam, on March 1st, 2008, a Persian piano recital will be held. The
young Persian pianist and journalist,
Pejman Akbarzadeh, who immigrated to the Netherlands in 2006, will perform
works by Javad Badizadeh,
Mostafa Kasravi, Rouhollah Khaleghi, Homayoun Khorram, Javad Maroufi,
Anoushiravan Rohani, Shardad Rohani and Parviz Yahaghi. All pieces have been
arranged for piano by the pianist.
The first piano was imported to
Persia (Iran) in years of 1806. It was a gift from Napoleon Bonaparte to the
Persian emperor Fath-Ali Shah. There were very few similarities between the
mechanism of the piano and the 'santour' (a Persian musical instrument) so at
the time as there were no pianists in the country, Sorourol-Molk (a court
musician) tried to play some melodies on piano. Since that time, the usage of
piano in Persian music was continued in two different main ways. Some musicians
who used just their own 'talent' and were very faithful to classical Persian
music and, some others who were educated in Western conservatories and used
Persian melodies just as an 'inspiration'.
Pejman's interpretation of
Persian music on the piano is different from both styles. He is trying to make
his arrangements sound very Persian, but not completely different from the
standard playing of the piano.
Pejman Akbarzadeh was born in 1980 and started to play piano at the age of
9. He continued his piano studies more seriously with Farman Behboud, a former
professor at the Tehran Conservatory. At the same time Pejman started his
research about 20th century Persian (Iranian) musicians' activities and when he
was 18 published his first book on this issue. The book became a reference in
various publications such as
From 2001 to 2006 Pejman was
the representative of
Persian Gulf Online Organization in Tehran and also contributed to
various Persian medias both inside and outside his homeland such as the dailies
Shargh and Yaas-e Now (both were banned by Iran's regime).
In 2006 Pejman immigrated to
the Netherlands and currently is the music director at
Radio Zamaneh in Amsterdam.
The recital has been sponsored
Persian Caviar Company in The Hague.
More information about the
event in Dutch and English:
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