Persian composer Mehdi Hosseini has presented his new work Peshtpa, which
utilizes Kurdish folk material, at the International Conference A REVERSE
The composition, scored for oboe, bass clarinet, and
violoncello, was included on a program that is dedicated to the anniversaries of
the births of Pushkin (210 years), Gogol (200 years), and Futurism (100 years)
and displayed music of the St. Petersburg school of composition.
At this concert, Hosseini joined renowned composers
Sergei Slonimsky and Georgii Furtich in closing the conference, which this year
focused on Russian Classical LIterature in the Context of Modernism.
Following the concert, Hosseini gave a performance of
his recently completed Baluch for instrumental ensemble. This work was selected
for inclusion on the October 22nd concert in the series Saint Petersburg
Renaissance, regularly presented at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. The
evening's festivities were dedicated to remembrance of Russian composer Uri
Kachurov and included presentations of present-day composers living in Saint
This performance was given by an ensemble formed of
soloists from the St. Petersburg Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Cappella
Orchestra, and was conducted by Brad Cawyer, an American conductor based in
Baluch had been presented in part in June of this
year, receiving a positive response, but at this recent it was given in its full
version for the first time in public performance.
Mehdi Hosseini was born in 1979, in Tehran, where he
studied music theory, Persian music and composition with Farhad Fakhredini. He
later completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Composition at Saint
Petersburg State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. There he studied
composition with Alexander Minatsakanian and afterwards took a postgraduate
course with the composer Sergei Slonimsky and conducted research on Eastern
music with Professor Tatiana Bershadskaya. Apart from his education in Russia,
Mr. Hosseini has also been a student of the composer Nigel Osborne.
He has demonstrated his creative capabilities as a
composer and his research abilities as a ethnomusicologist and theorist.
Hosseini has written symphonic music and chamber orchestra pieces for ensembles
and soloists in various compositional genres.
In the latest news about Hosseini and his work,
Kompozitor Publisher has selected the composer's String Quartet No. 2 for
publishing in October, followed next year by his Concerto for String Quartet and
Chamber Orchestra. Kompozitor Publishing is the oldest publishing house for
music literature in Russia; the majority of its output focuses on
representatives of the St. Petersburg composition school, printing the works of
classic authors such as Glinka and also contemporary greats like Slonimsky.