Mohammad Reza Mortazavi


Mohammad Reza Mortazavi: Transformation Tour Past Saturday, June 18, 2016
Mohammad Reza Mortazavi: Transformation Tour Past Thursday, June 16, 2016
Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, Transformation Solo Tour Past Friday, May 20, 2016
Mohammad Reza Mortazavi: Transformation Solo Tour Past Friday, May 13, 2016
Mohammad Reza Mortazavi live in Berlin Past Sunday, June 15, 2014
New Sounds of Iran: Musikfestival der iranischen Musik Past Oct 11-13, 2013


Mohammad Reza Mortazavi

Mohammad Reza Mortazavi was born in Isfahan, Iran in 1979. His parents offered him the chance to take tombak drum lessons at the age of 6. He was quick to feel the power of music deep inside, and soon surpassed his teacher. The goblet-shaped tombak became the main driving force in his life, and children of his age couldn’t distract him any longer. He was captured by the music. During the following years, he regularly won first prizes at the annual tombak music competition in Iran where only the country’s best players were given the chance to take part. Already at the age of 20, he was said to be among the world’s best.

Yare Dabestani by M.R. Mortazavi

As he continued to further build on the traditional approach through expressive innovations, his finger techniques and tonal variations gave the tombak a new voice. When he was 22, he traveled to Germany for the first time, to perform to a much delighted audience in Munich. In 2003, he was chosen from among 600 competitors and received the World Music Young Talent Award RUTH at the international TFF-Festival in Rudolstadt. He released several albums and was invited to give a series of concerts in Europe, where his music received storms of applause. Since then he resides and works mainly in Europe, currently in Berlin. Here in March 2010 another dream of him came true with his Solo-Concert at the Berlin Philharmonie! Beside some great TV Features in 2010, he also released his Album "Green Hands" worldwide and in November he released the DVD "Live at the Berlin Philharmonie".

GREEN HANDS: Emergency Exit at Philharmonie Berlin by M.R. Mortazavi
The young Mohammad Reza Mortazavi


Mohammad Reza Mortazavi (geb. 1978 in Isfahan/Iran) begann mit sechs Jahren Tombak- Unterricht zu nehmen. Schnell spürte er die Kraft und Faszination der Musik in sich und erlernte das Trommelspiel so schnell, dass ihm sein Lehrer im Alter von neun Jahren nichts mehr beibringen konnte. Mit 10 Jahren gewann er erstmals den im Iran jährlich stattfindenden nationalen Tombak-Wettbewerb, an dem nur die besten Musiker des Landes teilnehmen dürfen. In den folgenden Jahren gewann er diesen Wettbewerb jährlich und bereits mit 20 Jahren galt er als einer der besten Tombak-Spieler der Welt.

Er entwickelte die traditionelle Spielweise mit immer neuen Ideen fortwährend weiter und gab der Tombak durch seine neuen Fingertechniken und die tonalen Variationen eine ganz neue Stimme. Mit 22 Jahren reiste Mohammad Reza Mortazavi das erste Mal nach Deutschland und trat mit durchschlagendem Erfolg in München auf. Er veröffentlichte daraufhin mehrere CDs und wurde auf verschiedene Konzerte in ganz Europa eingeladen, wo er Begeisterungsstürme auslöste. 2003 wurde er direkt mit dem begehrten deutschen Weltmusikpreis RUTH in der NAchwuchskategorie ausgezeichnet. Seit dem lebt und arbeitet er überwiegend in Europa, derzeit in Berlin. Hier hat sich für ihn mit seinem Solokonzert in der Berliner Philharmonie im März 2010 ein weiterer Traum erfüllt. Neben vielen renommierten Fernsehauftritten hat er 2010 auch seine aktuelle CD "Green Hands" und im November die Live DVD "Live at the Berlin Philharmonie" weltweit veröffentlicht.

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