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Iran's Renowned Santur Virtuoso Faramarz Payvar Dies at 77

TEHRAN, Dec. 9 (Mehr News Agency) -- Renowned Iranian musician and santur virtuoso Master Faramarz Payvar died on Wednesday. He was 77. Payvar had a stroke eleven years ago and was not able to continue his career afterwards.

Faramarz Payvar was born in 1932 in Tehran into an aristocratic family of artists. His father, Ali Payvar, was both a painter and professor of French at the University of Tehran. Payvar's mother was also interested in the arts in general and music in particular. She was aware of her son's talent and encouraged him to play the instrument.

At the age of 17, Payvar began his musical career by studying with renowned Iranian musician Abolhassan Saba (1902-1957). He studied the Radif repertory and played the santur with Saba for eight years before he graduated from his mastership class.

Payvar was highly skilled on the santur and soon became very famous. After Saba's death he began to study with four other masters: Nur-Ali Borumand, Rokneddin Mokhtari, Abdollah Davami, and Haji AqA Mohammad Irani.

In 1958, Payvar began teaching the santur at the National Music Conservatory, which was established by the veteran musician Ali-Naqi Vaziri. Four years later in 1962, Payvar received a scholarship and went to England to study English.

He graduated from Cambridge University in 1965 with an advanced degree in English. At the same time he studied Western music at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he lectured on Iranian music and also made some recordings.

... Payvand News - 12/09/09 ... --

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