persian ney

Khosrow Soltani was born in Teheran, and has been living in Austria since 1974. He studied in Teheran's conservatory and finished his degree as a bassoonist in 1971. From 1971 and 1974 he played bassoon as a regular member of the Teheran Symphony Orchestra. In October 1974 he began his bassoon studies at the Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria, with Karl Oelberger. Three years later, he finished his degree with honors. Since 1976 he has been a member of the Viennese ensemble of early music Les Menestrels. He has also recorded and toured the United States and Canada with the Clemencic Consort and Musica Antiqua Wien. On recorder, he studied with Hans Maria Kneihs, finishing his degree in 1984.

Mr. Soltani began performing the Persian ney in 1979, and has performed the ney in many different ensembles. In 1984 he founded Shiraz, an ensmble for Persian music, with which he has played many concerts at various European festivals. In addition he has recorded for the WDR, the NDR, and Franc Musiq, among others.

Also a composer, Mr. Soltani's works Ancient cal a new, Great Mahur, and Salut del amore are available on commercial CDs.


Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory | March 10, 2006

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[Concert Review] BMOP looks east for fascinating program

To write a concerto for an indigenous instrument may be an obvious way to create a multicultural piece, but it is not the easiest. Most folk instruments don’t have the power to compete with an orchestra, although electronics can help; most also involve tunings that can’t mesh with the compromises of the well-tempered Western scale.

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[Press Release] BMOP presents Concertos for Indigenous Instruments

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), under artistic director and conductor Gil Rose, continues its exploration of new orchestral music influenced by non-Western cultures with a program of concertos for Persian, Korean, and Japanese instruments on March 10, 2006 at Jordan Hall.

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[Press Release] BMOP opens its season with the North American premiere of Louis Andriessen's Trilogy of the Last Day

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), under artistic director and conductor Gil Rose, is one of the few professional orchestras in the United States dedicated exclusively to performing and recording music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Since its founding in 1996, BMOP has programmed 46 concerts of contemporary orchestral music, released ten world premiere recordings, and won eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.

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