World premiere of Concerto for “Baluch” by Mehdi Hosseini, to be performed June 11.2009 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Association for Contemporary Music of “St-Petersburg Composers Union” Director Georgy Firtich has programmed the present season to foster a type of cultural understanding that stands as a marked contrast of the Russian government.
The world premiere of Concerto for Baluch ,Which utilize folk music material from “Sistan and Baluchestan” by Persian composer Mehdi Hosseini offers further evidence that music provides an opportunity to broaden the audience’s perspective and create an atmosphere of openness to the plight of others. It will be performed by musicians from the St. Petersburg Conservatory and Philharmonia and directed by St. Petersburg-based American conductor Brad Cawyer.
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.
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 Lorestan 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.
Mehdi Hosseini “Symphony of Monody ” (2005)
material of Lorestan specifically the Khosro-Shirin (Sangin Sama). The Symphony is in one movement, with what can be called a sonata -cycle form while, at the same time, adhering to the multi movement structure of a more traditional symphony through its embedded internal structure, including an expanded development and intensive variation.