Peyman Soltani - The Conductor of Iran Melal Symphony Orchestra
Peyman Soltani, composer, orchestra conductor, instrumentalist and critic, was born on 17 January 1971 in Iran. He started learning music and painting in workshops of national TV and Radio of Iran and also in the free classes offered by theMinistry of Culture and Arts in 1977.Then, he started his primary education in Arya Mehr school in Kerman in 1979. At 16 he came to Tehran to study graphics. He, then, went to Armenia to continue his graduate studies in music composition.Music has always been the pillar of his life.He started playing musical instruments in a self-taught manner, then, continued played under the supervision of some famous Iranian masters like Emmanuel Melik Aslānian, Farāmarz Pāyvar, Dr. MohammadTaghi Masoudieh and Farhad Fakhreddini and… as well as some European and Armenian professors like Thomas Christian David and Yuri Davytyān. As far as philosophy and aesthetics are concernedhe has benefited from Dr. Rezā Barāheni and Dr. Manuchehr Badiei. Ever since a youth, besides learning music, he has been also teaching music playing, composingbasics, form and analysis,andunderstanding the 20th centuryand the nations' music.
He has beenarts director of several publications, such as Vistar, Agra, Sorna, Daricheh and Jamedaran publications and the music editorof the music and poetry desks in some literary periodicals like Baya, Ghal o maghal, and theeditor-in-chief of Changi music journal and Sorna music quarterly since 1994.
In early 90s, he organized two music ensemble scalled Shabānroud, with his students, and Shenidastān, with the young instrumetalists. He also established Aghaz Music Society in 1995 .Since 1989 he has performed many concerts alone orwith various ensembles. Soltani became the manager of the first Audio Music House of Iran in 1998 which due to some changes in the management of municipality, the center was closeddown permanently after one yearand a half. He founded the museum of Avaha & Navaha in Shiraz in 2004 and served as its manager for 3 years.
He is currently the conductor of Iranian Melal (Nations) Symphony Orchestra, music director of ICOM in Iran, in charge of the International Department of the Iranian Music Museum and the Director of Online Music Museum and Women of Music websitesas well.
Peyman Soltani, in his former philosophical and critical writing, was a follower of analytical philosophy (Existentialists). In the musical sphere, at the beginning of his musical works, he was a follower of (modernist and postmodernist) composers associated with the Darmstadt school, but recently he is seeking identity inhis works.
His other activities include publishing poetry, criticism and graphic designs.
Among his works Iraneh Khānom, Irāneh Javān(Vatanam), Khayyāmi Digar, Arash Kamāngir, Azādi (Freedom), Raghse Sharghi(Eastern Dance), Zanāneye Pārsi, Yādegāre Leyli, Doore sharghi, Bakhtiāri Rhapsody, Nesyān(Amnesia), Golkoo, 7Khosravāni can be mentioned.
Peyman Soltani is currently living in Tehran.