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Mohammad-Reza Shajarian (Persian: محمد رضا شجريان) (born September 23, 1940 in Mashhad, Iran) is an internationally and critically acclaimed Persian traditional singer, composer and ostad (master) of Persian music. He has been called „Iran’s greatest living master of traditional Persian music.“ Shajarian is also known for his skills in Persian calligraphy, and humanitarian activities.
Significant Works * Raast-Panjgaah concert with Mohammad Reza Lotfi in Raast-panjgaah (1976). * Be yaad e Aaref with Mohammad Reza Lotfi in Bayaat e Turk (1986). * Sepideh Album with Mohammad Reza Lotfi and the Sheydaa Ensemble in Maahoor. * Bidaad with Parviz Meshkatian and the Aref Ensemble in Homaayoun (1985). * Aastaan e Jaanaan with Parviz Meshkatian and Naaser Farhangfar in Sur (1982). * Nava – Morakkab Khani with Parviz Meshkatian and the Aref Ensemble in Navaa, Se-gaah and Dashti (1986). * Dastan with Parviz Meshkatian and the Aref Ensemble in Chahaar-Gah (1987). * Dastgah Chahargah (live version of Dastan) concert with Parviz Meshkatian and the Aref Ensemble recorded live in Bonn (1987) * Cheshmeye Noush with Mohammad Reza Lotfi in Raast-panjgaah. * Shab, Sokoot, Kavir with Keyhan Kalhor based on the folk music of Khorasan (2000). * Without you with the Masters Ensemble in Navaa and Bayaat e Kord (2002). * Faryaad with the Masters Ensemble in Raast-panjgaah (2003). * Eshgh Daanad with Mohammad Reza Lotfi in Aboo Ataa (1981). * Chehre be Chehre with Mohammad Reza Lotfi in Navaa (1977). * Serr-e-Eshgh with Parviz Meshkatian and Mohammad Mousavi in Maahoor. * Doud-e-Oud with Parviz Meshkatian and the Tehran Symphonic Orchestra in Navaa (1987). * Zemestaan Ast with Hossein Alizadeh and Keyhan Kalhor in Maahoor and Homaayoun (1999). * Dar Khiaal with Majid Derakhshani in Segaah (1995).
has collaborated with Parviz Meshkatian, Mohammad Reza Lotfi, Hossein Alizadeh, and Faramarz Payvar. He is recognised as skilled singer in the challenging traditional Dastgah style. In 1999 UNESCO in France presented him with the Picasso Award and in 2006 with the UNESCO Mozart Medal.
Shajarian studied with the ostads Esmaeil Mehrtash and Ahmad Ebadi, and learned the vocal styles of singers from previous generations, including Reza Gholi Mirza Zelli, Fariborz Manouchehri, Ghamar Molouk Vaziri, Eghbal Azar , and Taj Isfahani. He started playing the santour under the instruction of Jalal Akhbari in order to better understand and perform the traditional repertoire, and in 1960, he became the pupil of Faramarz Payvar. He studied under the guidance of master Abdollah Davami, from whom he learned many early Persian songs. Abdollah Davami also passed on to Shajarian his own interpretation of the Radif.
Awards and distinctions * Nushin medal (2008) * The UNESCO award – the UNESCO Mozart Medal (2006) * Nominated for Grammy award in Best World Music (2006) * Nominated for Grammy award in Best World Music (2004) * Iran’s best classical vocalist (2000) * Golden Picasso Medal (1999), one of UNESCO’s highest honors * National radio and television golden cup (1977) * Prize presented by Turkish parliament speaker (1976)