Composer of the Month April 2020: Behzad Ranjbaran

Behzad RanjbaranBehzad Ranjbaran's music is evocative, colorful, and strong in structural integrity and form. He frequently draws inspiration from his cultural roots and Persian heritage, as exemplified by the tone poems of his 'Persian Trilogy', or the interpretation of sounds and styles in works such as the 'Violin Concerto' and 'Songs of Eternity.' His music has been performed all over the world by soloists such as Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Yo-Yo Ma, and conductors including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Charles Dutoit, Kent Nagano, Marin Alsop, Robert Spano, Gerard Schwarz, JoAnn Falletta, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Giancarlo Guerrero, David Robertson, and many more. He has also served as composer in residence for the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer season at Saratoga, the Fort Worth Symphony, and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Born on July 1, 1955 in Tehran, Iran, Mr. Ranjbaran came to the United States in 1974 to attend Indiana University and received his doctorate in composition from The Juilliard School, where he currently serves on the faculty. His music is published by Theodore Presser.

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Listen to 'Nocturne' (A Night in a Persian Garden) for Piano Solo: