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The Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg Conservatory will give the world's first performance of music by Iranian composer Mehdi Hosseini

On March 1, 2013 in the Glazunov concert hall at the St. Petersburg Conservatory named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov there will be a concert performed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Opera and Ballet Theatre of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory conducted by Alim Shakhmametiev, and the music “Hesar” written by the Iranian composer Mehdi Hosseini will be performed for the first time ever. "Hesar" was written in 2013 on the basis of traditional Iranian music system "dastgah." "Hesar" in Persian means “fortress” and it is one part of the Iranian dastgah called "Chahargah."

Mehdi Hosseini was born in 1979 in Tehran. Hosseini began his musical training in Iran, studying Persian music and the fundaments of composition under the guidance of Farhad Fakhreddini, and then continued his studies in Russia at St. Petersburg State Conservatory with Alexander Minatsakaniyan and in Austria with Nigel Osborne. He also pursued musical studies under Tatiana Bershadskaya at St. Petersburg State Conservatory, where he earned a Doctor of Music degree (DMA) in composition with Sergei Slonimsky.

Mehdi Hosseini

Hosseini's work encompasses a whole range of musical genres. His musicological field of research is the rich and diverse folk music of different Persian provinces.

In his recent years in Russia Mehdi Hosseini has been developing not only as a composer, but as a promoter of contemporary classical music in St. Petersburg - by establishing the St. Petersburg center of contemporary music “” . Hosseini’s music is regularly performed at such festivals as The St. Petersburg Musical Spring, The Contemporary East and West Music Festival, The St. Petersburg Renaissance, The Contemporary Past, and Sound Ways, and interpreted by the St. Petersburg State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, and other prestigious orchestras and ensembles. A number of his works have been published by the Compozitor Publishing House in St. Petersburg.

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