Reza Houshvar: Setar player, Tanbur(Persian.Kurdish) Player and Improviser
Academic background: B.Sc. in Metallurgical Eng. (Sharif Technical University) , Executive MBA
Reza Houshvar has started playing Setar when he was 9 years, with Maestro “ Behnam Vadani in 1982. Then Maestro “Masoud shoari” was the one who taught him more than the basics.
He has the honor to be coached, trained and mentored by the well-known master “ Hosein Alizadeh” for around 6-7 years, when his main “Setar playing style” was shaped.
He was then selected as a member of Hossein Alizadeh’s band, where Mohesn Keramati and Afsaneh Rasaii were the singers and fabulous Setar players, such as Ali Boustan, Mohammad Reza Ebrahimi and Mahyar Moshfeq were the other Setar players in band.
Maestro “ Dariuosh Talaii” was the other precious gem he encountered in Setar world. He tried to investigate other “Setar playing Styles” and follow “ Traditional Iranian Radif” in a professional way, theoretically and practically for about another 5-6 years.
In 2013, he started learning Tanbur with Maestro Keikhosro Pournazeri and then Sohrab Pournazeri, as a way to continue.
With thank to all his masters in his artistic path, he has started teaching Setar to a wide range of ages since 1990 so far, followed by Online teaching since 2012 to a couple of distant students.
Performances: – 8 student concerts ( 3 concerts Setar solo) at universities. 1991-2004 – Many performances in different khanqahs(some joined by Maestro Amrollah Shah Ebrahimi). 1991- 2005 – Solo Concert in Niavaran cultural ctr. (Maestro Osman Mohammad Parast) Tehran. 2001 – Mehrvarzan band . Toronto SHUT Reunion. 2002
These details were last updated on October 23, 2015