TEHRAN – Prolific Iranian musician and composer Shahin Farhat has been appointed director of the music department of the Academy of the Arts (IAA).
Farhat, who is also a permanent member of the academy, took office during a meeting with IAA director Bahman Namvar-Motlaq, the IAA announced on Sunday.
Born in 1947 in Tehran, Farhat started playing the piano at the age of 13. He graduated from the University of Tehran with a degree in music, before completing his Masters in Composition at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Farhat’s doctorate. thesis focusing on the works of Iranian composers.
He pursued a teaching career at the Faculty of Music of the University of Tehran.
Over the past two decades he has composed a number of symphonies in honor of a number of national and religious figures.
The Muhammad Symphony (S) is one of the compositions produced in 2006.
The Iranian calendar year was named the “Year of the Great Prophet Muhammad (S)” by the leader of the Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, during his New Year’s message on March 21, 2006.
Farhat has also composed symphonies for the Persian Gulf, Mount Damavand and the Persian poet Ferdowsi.
Photo: Composer Shahin Farhat in an undated photo.
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