Source: Tehran Times
Farhad Fakhreddini and Manuchehr Sahbaii have been hired to conduct Iran's National Orchestra and the Tehran Symphony Orchestra (TSO), two state ensembles, which were almost dismantled over the past five years.
Left: Tehran Symphony Orchestra Conductor Manuchehr Sahbaii
Right: Iran's National Orchestra Conductor Farhad Fakhreddini
The prominent musicians were selected by the Music Office of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, the Persian service of MNA reported on Sunday.
Fakhreddini, 76, was commissioned to establish the National Orchestra in 1998. He conducted the orchestra during its debut concert, during which the living legend of Iranian music Mohammadreza Shajarian sang.
Fakhreddini led the orchestra in many other fabulous concerts. However, he quit the orchestra in July 2009 due to inapt interventions from the Music Office. Consequently, the orchestra languished.
Fakhreddini then gathered the musicians who had performed in the National Orchestra to establish the Mehrnavazan Orchestra, which gave its debut concert at the Milad Hall of the Tehran International Permanent Fairgrounds in October 2011.
In February Culture Minister Ali Jannati had spoken about his office's plan to restore the orchestras in line with the constructive policies of 'the government of prudence and hope', a title that Hassan Rouhani used to describe his upcoming administration during the presidential election campaign in June 2013.
Cartoon by Rashid Kargar, Arman daily
The Tehran Symphony Orchestra had plunged into chaos years before the National Orchestra.
Iranian conductor Ali Rahbari was invited from Austria in 2004 to reorganize the TSO, but he resigned the following year over the low salaries paid to the orchestra's musicians.
Afterward, Nader Mashayekhi, another Austrian-based Iranian musician and conductor, succeeded Rahbari.
In July 2007, Mashayekhi was dismissed following his complaints over low salaries and delays in payment of wages of the musicians.
The TSO spent several months without any permanent conductor until Sahbaii was appointed to conduct the TSO in January 2008.
In early May 2010, Sahbaii also stopped conducting the symphony for "administrative problems and other difficulties."
Afterwards, guest conductors from Iran and several European countries led the orchestra in some occasional concerts.
Sahbaii has been selected once again to take the helm of the orchestra.
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