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Alexander Rahbari

Biography

Since his invitation, at the young age of 31, from Herbert von Karajan to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic, Alexander 'Ali' Rahbari has received conisistent acclaim for his energetic conducting, especially within the operas of Verdi and Puccini. His considerable political outspokenness has also drawn significant attention to the plight of his fellow Iranian musicians.



Born in Iran, Rahbari began his musical studies as a
Read more violinist. Once his initial education was completed at the National Music Conservatory, he left to further his studies in Austria. There, Rahbari studied at the Vienna Academy of Music, where his teachers included Hans Swarowsky, Karl Österreicher, and Gottfried von Einem. Seeking to revitalize the musical life in his home country, Rahbari returned to Iran after the successful completion of his studies.



In 1973, Rahbari returned to the National Music Conservatory and was named director. From 1974, he was also the director of the Tehran Conservatory of Music. He began to guest conduct extensively within the country, but after his tenure at the Tehran Conservatory ended in 1977, Rahbari emigrated (again) to Europe. Later that year, Rahbari was awarded two medals: the silver at the Geneva conducting competition, and a gold at the Bensaçon competition.



In 1980, Karajan invited Rahbari to return to Salzburg to assist him at the Easter Festival. He continued to tour extensively in Europe, Japan, and Hong Kong as a guest conductor. The permanent guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra named him to the post of permanent guest conductor in 1985; he was also awarded that countries Dvorák prize.



Once he was appointed music director of the Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic Orchestra in 1988, Rahbari began his tradition of extensive recordings for the Naxos label. Rahbari has also achieved great success as the founder and director of Koch Discover International, a recording label that has helped to propel a number of talented young artists into international prominence.



An accomplished composer, Rahbari has written a number of orchestral works, most notably the Violin Concerto and Music for Human Rights. His composition Beirut, written for nine flutes with added percussion, is stunningly haunting in the most beautiful sense. As the title suggests, this work is clearly derivative from the aural colors of his homeland, a thread that runs through the majority of his works.



On August 28, 2005, Rahbari was appointed as the Permanent Conductor of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra. However, his patience with lack of support and resources within the Iranian music and arts community there soon ran out. Just four months after his appointment, Rahbari made a public address to the audience during a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, disclosing the meager salaries of Iranian musicians and calling for the instatement of basic human rights. He closed with a declaration that he would no longer conduct in Iran until "musicians are respected once again." Read less
Brahms: Symphony No 4, Tragic & Academic Overtures / Rahbari
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550281   Number of Discs: 1
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Debussy: La Mer, Nocturnes, Etc / Rahbari, Brt Philharmonic
Release Date: 06/30/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550262   Number of Discs: 1
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Puccini: Tosca / Rahbari, Miricioiu, Lamberti, Carroli
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8660001-02   Number of Discs: 2
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Stravinsky: Firebird, Petrushka, Etc / Rahbari, Brt Po
Release Date: 06/30/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550263   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Symphony No 3, Etc / Rahbari, Brt Philharmonic
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550280   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Love And Passion In Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 7828990 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Léo Delibes,  Claude Debussy,  Alexander Glazunov  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Rivka Golani,  János Selmeczy
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner,  Andrew Mogrelia,  Alexander Rahbari,  Konstantin Krimetz  ... 
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    Masters Of The Modern Age I: Music From The Time Of Degas, Cezanne, And Van Gogh
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503269 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  César Franck,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Michaël Levinas,  Arnaldo Cohen,  Hidenori Komatsu  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Hervé Niquet,  Johannes Wildner,  Cord Garben  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Ludwig
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    Puccini Operas, Vol. 1: Manon Lescaut, La Boheme, Tosca
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8506028 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Marcel Rosca,  Miriam Gauci,  Kaludi Kaludov,  Vincente Sardinero  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Will Humburg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Jaak Gregoor Chorus,  Slovak State Philharmonic Chorus  ... 
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    Great Ballet
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501055 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Conductor:  André Anichanov,  Andrew Mogrelia,  Robert Craft,  Alexander Rahbari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra,  Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Great Opera
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501054 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Adrianne Pieczonka,  Boje Skovhus,  Renato Girolami,  Janusz Monarcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Will Humburg,  Alexander Rahbari,  Rico Saccani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Hungarian Radio Chorus,  Failoni Orchestra Budapest  ... 
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    Great Romantic Symphonies
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501057 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Sidney Green,  Imrich Szabo
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Alexander Rahbari,  Antoni Wit,  Reinhard Seifried  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Failoni Orchestra Budapest,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    My First Ballet Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578205 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Darius Milhaud,  Alexander Glazunov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Jean-Claude Casadesus,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Theodore Kuchar  ... 
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    My First Lullaby Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578213 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Igor Stravinsky,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Idil Biret,  Einar Steen-Nökleberg,  Stefan Veselka  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner,  Anthony Bramall,  Alexander Rahbari,  Keith Clark  ... 
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  • 9.
    Heinrich Schweizer: Classical / Worldmusic
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1284 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schweizer
    Performer:  Deborah Hofmann,  Sarah Maeder,  Michiko Tsuda,  Horst Hofmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Jiri Malát,  Yang Hong Nian,  Daniel Schweizer,  Hans Moeckel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Woodwind Quintet
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  • 10.
    The Ultimate Puccini Opera Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578066-67 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Luba Orgonasova,  Jonathan Welch,  Thomas Harper,  Miriam Gauci  ... 
    Conductor:  Will Humburg,  Alexander Rahbari,  Michael Halász,  Ondrej Lenárd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Choir,  Belgian Radio And Television Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 11.
    The Ultimate Verdi Opera Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578068-69 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Monika Krause,  Yordy Ramiro,  Zsuzsa Csonka,  Daniela Longhi  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Will Humburg,  Pier G. Morandi  ... 
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    The Ultimate Lullaby Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570514-15 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Edvard Grieg,  Louis Spohr,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Judy Loman,  Nora Shulman,  Einar Steen-Nökleberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Bramall,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Libor Pesek,  James Judd  ... 
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  • 13.
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 882973 Release Date: 04/20/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Richard Wagner,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Joaquin Turina  ... 
    Conductor:  André Anichanov,  Uwe Mund,  Kenneth Jean,  Max Bragado-Darman  ... 
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  • 14.
    Dvorak: Rusalka / Furi-Bernhard, Rahbari
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93968 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Martina Zadro,  Marcel Rosca,  Walter Coppola,  Nelly Boschkova  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ivan Goran Academic Choir,  Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 15.
    The Devil's Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578085-86 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Robert Schumann,  György Ligeti,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Idil Biret,  Laurent Martin,  Ashley Wass  ... 
    Conductor:  Julius Rudel,  Johannes Wildner,  Alfred Walter,  Christian Benda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 16.
    Opera's Greatest Moments - Favourite Arias And Choruses
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557926-27 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Marina Mescheriakova,  John Dickie,  Thomas Harper,  Patrizia Pace  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner,  Michael Halász,  Piergiorgio Morandi,  Alexander Rahbari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Chorus,  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 17.
    The Ultimate Ballet Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570011-12 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Adolphe Adam,  Claude Debussy,  Léo Delibes,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Van Reeth,  Josef Bogacz
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Alexander Rahbari,  Michael Halász,  Andrei Anikhanov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava,  Belgian Radio And Television Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Laporte: Transit, Nachtmusik, Jubilus, Etc / Lootens, Et Al
    Label: Fuga Libera   Catalog: 523 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  André Laporte
    Performer:  Evgueni Bushkov,  Bjorn Waag,  Lucienne Van Deyck,  Mario Taghadossi  ... 
    Conductor:  Koen Kessels,  Gianpiero Taverna,  Vic Nees,  Hiroshi Wakasugi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flemish Radio Orchestra,  Flemish Radio Choir,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Cinema Classics
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571090 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Giacomo Puccini,  Carl Orff,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Miriam Gauci,  Nicola Martinucci,  Yordy Ramiro,  Idil Biret  ... 
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler,  Alexander Rahbari,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Antoni Wit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Academy
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  • 20.
    Wagner: Orchestral Highlights
    Label: Selections   Catalog: 8571073 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Uwe Mund,  Alexander Rahbari,  Michael Halász
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  • 21.
    Béla Bartók - A Portrait
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558200 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  György Pauk,  Kálmán Berkes
    Conductor:  András Ligeti,  Alexander Rahbari,  Antoni Wit,  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra,  Belgian Radio And Television Philharmonic Orchestra,  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    The Very Best Of Debussy
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552127 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Pascal Devoyon,  Dong-Suk Kang,  François-Joël Thiollier,  Sjur Bjaerke  ... 
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam,  Alexander Rahbari,  Jean-Claude Casadesus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vertavo String Quartet,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Verdi
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552121 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Miriam Gauci,  Eduard Tumagian,  Giacomo Aragall,  Marina Mescheriakova  ... 
    Conductor:  Piergiorgio Morandi,  Alexander Rahbari,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Michael Halász  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Operatic Arias / Hao Jiang Tian
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557442 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Jules Massenet,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Hao Jiang Tian
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    The Very Best Of Shostakovich
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552129 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Konstantin Scherbakov,  Ekaterina Saranceva,  Dmitry Yablonsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Lyndon-Gee,  Antoni Wit,  Ladislav Slovák,  Alexander Rahbari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,  Éder String Quartet,  Stockholm Arts Piano Trio  ... 
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