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City: Tehran     Mehdi Hosseini is an Iranian composer of contemporary classical music.    


Mehdi Hosseini’s music and style 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.  Mehdi Hosseini’s works show a strong monodic music influence, originally interpreted and incorporated into a personal style.

In his music, Hosseini strives to explore the intersection of traditional Eastern music and neo-contemporary musical language. He believes that a monodic system can be generally understood as an experimental type of composition that proposes a new view towards folk music—a view that emphasizes the importance of the multiple sound forms used in this system as well as the rich heritage of regional music.

Mehdi Hosseini was the focus of attention in Russia as a composer and his works are often performed during various St. Petersburg festivals, e.g. «St. Petersburg Musical Spring», «Contemporary East and West», «St. Petersburg Renaissance», «Contemporary Past», «Sound Ways». You can hear his music performed by such orchestras as the St. Petersburg State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra. A number of his works have been published by Compozitor Publishing House of St. Petersburg.

Mehdi Hosseini was born in 1979, in Tehran, where he studied music theory, Persian music and composition with Farhad Fakhreddini. 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.

Mehdi Hosseini's interview with The Moscow Times – Composer Brings Persian Influence to St. Petersburg, (Issue 4950) 16 August, 2012.

Interview with Mehdi Hosseini, The Epoch Times - New York 2009