Remembering My Father
Rouhollah Khaleghi Rouhollah Khaleghi was born in 1906 in Kerman, Iran, in a musically-minded family. He first became acquainted with the Tar, but later learned to play the violin. As soon as Ali-Naghi Vaziri established his Music Academy, Khaleghi left school and joined the Academy where he studied for eight years. Soon he became his master's assistant and was placed in charge of teaching music theory. At the same time, he studied the theory and harmony of Western music and orchestration through a correspondece course with a university in Paris. He later continued his education and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Persian Language and Literature from the Tehran University. In 1944 Khaleghi established the National Music Society and in 1949, thanks to the efforts of this great artist, the National School of Music was founded. After his first journey to the USSR in 1955, he became involved in the Iran-Soviet Cultural Society and was selected as a member of it's board of directors. He also began to serve as the Director of the Payam-e-Novin magazine, a publication dealing with the cultural and literal issues published by the Iran-Soviet Cultural Society. His work, The History of Iranian Music, took shape during these years. All three volumes of this great work have been published. His other published works include Harmony of Western Music, Theory of Western Music, Theory of Iranian Music, and Instrumental Methods for the Study of Tar and Setar. For many years Khaleghi worked as a musical advisor for Radio Iran and was one of the founders of the program known as Golha-ye Rangarang. He also conducted the Golha Orchestra, for which he composed many pieces and revised the old and authentic compositions of Persian musicians such as Aref and Sheyda. Although revised, the compositions retained all their original characteristics. Khaleghi's compositions are not limited to what he wrote for Golha-ye Rangarang. In addition to such masterpieces as Mey-e Nab (Pure Wine), Ah-e Sahar (Sigh of Dawn), Hala Chera? (Why Now?), Chang-e Rudaki (Rudaki's Harp), he composed many other songs with orchestral accompaniment, instrumental pieces, and patriotic hymns, such as Ey Iran (Iran's national anthem) and Sorud-e Azarbaijan (a hymn for the liberation of Azerbaijan). Golnoush Khaleghi Golnoush Khaleghi is a graduate of Tehran's National School of Music, where she studied Persian music and piano with Javad Ma'rufi and Hossein Saba. She subsequently entered the Tehran Conservatory, where she continued her piano studies with Imanuel Melik-Aslanian. The recipient of an Iranian government scholarship for study abroad, Ms. Khaleghi spent three years at the Mozarteum academy in Salzburg, Austria, specializing in conducting under the tutelage of Professors Kurt Prestel and Gerhard Wimberger and composition under Professor Cesar Bresgen. She earned the bachelor's and master's degrees in conducting from Oberlin College and the University of Wisconsin, respectively. Ms. Khaleghi has worked closely with such renowned conductors as Helmuth Rilling, Robert Fountain, Karol Teutsch, and Rouben Gregorian, and has performed in the United States, Europe, Canada, Venezuela, and Iran. She is the founder of Hamavazan (the Iranian Radio and Television Choir), the Rouhollah Khaleghi Orchestra, and the Rouhollah Khaleghi Artistic Center. Since the cultural upheaval of the Revolution of Iran in 1979, Ms. Khaleghi has been a prominent figure in promoting Persian music and culture through the concerts of the Rouhollah Khaleghi Orchestra, solo performances, lectures, and other activities. She resides in Washington, D.C., and devotes her time to music research, teaching, composing, and arranging Persian classical and folk music for piano. She also arranges works of her father, the esteemed composer Rouhollah Khaleghi, and other great masters of Persian music. She selects talented young Persians as her students, because she believes that it is the mission of all Persian artists living in exile to preserve and teach the homeland's great fine arts to the young generation being raised abroad.