Tehran Times Art Desk
TEHRAN -- Musicians and friends are lamenting their great loss after the death of Iranian santur virtuoso Parviz Meshkatian. Meshkatian died of heart failure at his home in Tehran on Monday, September 21. He was 54 years old.
Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Mohammad-Hossein Imani-Khoshkhu
submitted his message of condolences over the death of Meshkatian.
"Autumn is on its way outside the door, but an early fall has decended upon Iran's musical arts since Mehskatian has left us forever.
"Master of santur always had serious concerns over preserving and promoting traditional Iranian music and his heart beat for the art and culture of Iran," reads part of the message.
The House of Music Spokesman, musician Dariush Pirniakan expressed his regrets over the fact that he lost a dear friend like Parviz and stated that their friendship went back to their childhood when he was 13.
"My sister's house was across from Parviz's father house in Neyshabur. I became friends with Parviz in those years. He used to play santur and violin and I used to take his father's tar and we played together," he recalled.
Born in Neyshabur in 1955, Parviz began his musical training at the age of six
with his father Hassan Meshkatian, who was a professional tar and santur player.
Pirniakan noted that he had collaborated with Parviz in several albums some of which have never been released, adding, "After leaving Chavosh band, Meshkatian founded Aref Ensemble, and we held our first concert tour in Europe in 1986 accompanied by singer Mohammadreza Shajarian.
"He enjoyed unique abilities and used to play with such intense emotions that no one could reach his level," he remarked.
Music composer Fardin Khalatbari regarded the death of Meshkatian a great loss for Iran's world of music and said, "Parviz had an excellent command of literature and enjoyed superb tastes in music.
He expressed regrets that Parviz was not recognized in his time to the extent that he deserved.
Khalatbari added that an analysis of Meshakatian's work can be quite instructive for musicians.
Musician Hushang Kamkar stated that the eternal silence of Meshkatian is unbelievable, "I wondered why he was not working hard over the past few years. This was something that bothered those of us who knew him and now his sudden death is a big shock to us all.
"My brothers and I did several joint performances with Parviz. He was a sensitive soul and perhaps the current situation of music in the country made him sad and contributed to his inactivity in recent years.
Musician and member of the board of directors of the House of Music Davud Ganjeii, also considered Meshkatian one of the most talented musicians in the country who has created everlasting pieces of music.
"The values of his works are quite obvious for musicians and they will never lose their value and freshness over the years. His best works were created during the time he collaborated with Shajarian, revealing his lofty talent for composing Iranian music that easily communicates with millions of people," he remarked.
Hamidreza Nurbakhsh, singer in the last concert by Aref Ensemble noted that Meshkatian was one of the pillars of Iran's music over the past three decades.
"He was not widely known, but his value and position was recognized among the people of Iran and especially among musicians.
He expressed hope that young musicians would follow his path.
"I believe that today, an artist like Meshkatian can't be found in Iran," composer Majid Entezami said, adding his loss is a tremendous disaster.
Meshkatian was a student of Mohammad-Taqi Masudieh, Abdollah Davami, Saeid
Hormozi, and Yusef Forutan, who helped him to refine his skills.
After some years, he became one of Iran's most prominent musicians.
In 1977, Meshkatian founded the Aref Ensemble with Hossein Alizadeh and Mohammadreza Lotfi. The group performed numerous concerts in Iran, Europe and the Americas.
He also performed with some of Iran's greatest vocalists including Mohammadreza Shajarian, Shahram Nazeri and Iraj Bastami.
The collaborations resulted in the creation of the albums "Bidad", "The Court of the Beloved", "Mystery of Love", "Nava" and "Dastan", which are all very popular in Iran.
Mehskatian is survived by two children Ava and Aiin from his first marriage with Afsaneh, the daughter of Shajarian.
His funeral procession will begin Thursday in front of Tehran's Vahdat Hall. It has not been announced if he will be buried in the Artists Section of Tehran's Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery or in his hometown of Neyshabur.
The Tehran Symphony Orchestra held a moment of
silence on Tuesday night for the late Iranian musician Parviz Meshkatian, who
had passed away 24 hours earlier.
The orchestra, conducted by Majid Entezami, went on stage at Tehran's Vahdat Hall to perform the Resistance Symphony in commemoration of the 29th anniversary of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.
"Unfortunately, an artist who spent all his life to keep the light of music on, is no longer among us," Entezami told the audiences before beginning of the performance.
"We also promised him that we would keep the light on," he added.
Afterwards, he asked the audience to stand and observe a minute of silence for Meshkatian.
The organizers of the concert, which will be performed until September 26, also paid tribute to Meshkatian by placing a candle-lit table bearing his photo in the lobby.
In addition, Iranian vocalist Mohammadreza Shajarian, who is currently in Paris for a part of his European concert tour, also observed a moment of silence for Meshkatian prior to beginning his Monday night performances in the city.
Musician and santur virtuoso Meshkatian died of heart failure at the age of 54 on Monday afternoon.
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