“The Tehran Symphony Orchestra has joined forces with the National Orchestra to form a new organization entitled the Iran National Symphony Orchestra, conductor and general music director of the orchestra Ali Rahbari announced on Saturday,” reads an unsigned Tuesday (4/28) article in the Tehran Times (Iran). The announcement comes a month after the Tehran Symphony announced a comeback after a hiatus of several years. “The decision to combine the orchestras was made since many of the musicians play in both orchestras, Rahbari said. In early March 2015, Iranian cultural officials assigned Rahbari, a Vienna-based Iranian maestro, the task of restoring the Tehran Symphony Orchestra.… He sees the merger in line with his mission to restore the orchestra.” Farhad Fakhreddini had served as music director of Iran’s National Orchestra but “quit the orchestra in July 2009…. Consequently, the orchestra languished.… Rahbari said that he has held talks with a number of top Iranian musicians, including Fakhreddini … to use their experience for the purpose of developing the Iran National Symphony Orchestra.”

Posted April 30, 2015