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Afshin Jaberi was born in 1973 into an Iranian family residing in Qatar. His musical education began properly in 1991 in Hungary, where he attended the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and received his bachelor’s degree in music education. Two and a half years as a part-time student, he was readily accepted into the academy for full-time study. Besides the distinct progress he made in piano performance, his compositions also attracted attention, especially his First Ballade, written at the age of eighteen. Jaberi continued his studies in Kazakhstan at the Almaty Conservatoire, where he obtained his master’s degree and PhD in Pedagogical Science. During the course of his studies he gave numerous concerts in Hungary and Kazakhstan, and later in
Slovakia, Russia, Bahrain and Qatar. Jaberi is multi-lingual, speaking Persian, Arabic, English, Hungarian and Russian. Upon his return to Qatar he became involved in the family business but continues to compose, teach music and perform.
Jaberi’s powerful music combines 19th-century western piano traditions with eastern melodic influences. It is strongly connected with the message of equality and peaceful unity promoted by his religious faith. The Báb Ballades depict dramatic heroism and tragic sacrifice, while the Sonatas express the horrors of war and the fragility of remote cultures, out of which new hope and the chance for reconciliation can emerge. -
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