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Mehdi Hosseini (born July 1979, Tehran) is a Contemporary Persian composer and Ethnomusicologist.
Mehdi Hosseini was born in 1979, in Tehran, where he studied music theory, Persian music and composition with Farhad Fakhredini. He later completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Composition at Saint Petersburg State Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. There he studied composition with Alexander Minatsakanian and afterwards took a postgraduate course with the composer Sergei Slonimsky and conducted research on Eastern music with Professor Tatiana Bershadskaya. Apart from his education in Russia, Mr. Hosseini has also been a student of the composer Nigel Osborne.
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He has demonstrated his creative capabilities as a composer and his research abilities as a ethnomusicologist and theorist. Hosseini has written symphonic music and chamber orchestra pieces for ensembles and soloists in various compositional genres. At its core, his music reflects his on-going research into the astonishing variety of Persian regional folk music and, in particular, the structure of Magham music. His music achieves a subtle fusion of contemporary composition and ancient Persian musical traditions which can be heard in his Quartets, which utilize folk material from Northern Khorestan and Bakhtiari; his Symphony of Monody, which is based on Lorestan songs; and his 2008 Concerto for String Quartet and Chamber Orchestra, which finds its source in the Magham of southeastern region of Torbate-jam.
• “Varshan” suite for string orchestra (2002)
• “Sangin Samã” for solo clarinet (2004) Based on folk music material of Lorestan
• String Quartet N.1 (2003) Based on folk music material of Northern Khorasan
• “Turkman Sonata” for Violin and Piano (2005) Based on folk music material of Turkman Sahra
• Symphony of Monody (2005) Based on folk music material of Lorestan
• String Quartet N.2 (2007) Based on folk music material of Bakhtiyari
• Concerto for String Quartet and Chamber Symphony Orchestra (2008) Based on folk music material of Torbat-e Jam
• “Baluch for Ensemble” for Ensemble (2009) Based on folk music material of Sistan va Baluchestan
• Song of “Hafiz” for Avaz and National Music Orchestra (2009) Based on Hafiz’s Poem