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Behzad Ranjbaran (born 1955, in Tehran) is a Persian composer.


Life and careerEdit

Ranjbaran was born and raised in Iran. He entered the Tehran Conservatory at the age of 9. Ranjbaran continued his study of composition at Indiana University. He obtained a DMA from the Juilliard School.

Ranjbaran's music is strongly rooted in the Neo-Romantic movement of the late 20th Century, as well as showing the influence of Iranian and other non-Western music. He has written compositions for, among others, Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, and Yo-Yo Ma, as well a piano concerto for Jean-Yves Thibaudet.[1]

Many of his works are inspired by Persian culture and literature. Persian Trilogy, a large orchestral cycle completed in 2000, was inspired by the Shahnameh of the 11th Century Persian poet Ferdowsi. He has been on the faculty of the Juilliard School since 1991.[2]

Selected worksEdit

  1. Seemorgh (1991)
  2. The Blood of Seyavash (1994)
  3. Seven Passages (2000)
  • Symphony No. 1 (1992)
  • Awakening for string orchestra (2005)
  • Saratoga (2005)
  • Mithra (2010)
  • Concerto for violin and orchestra (1994)
  • Concerto for cello and orchestra (1998)
  • Elegy for cello and orchestra (1998)
  • Moto Perpetuo for violin and string orchestra (2001)
  • Elegy for cello (or clarinet) and string orchestra (2004)
  • Concerto for piano and orchestra (2008)
  • Concerto for violin, viola and orchestra (2009)
  • Concerto for flute and orchestra (2013)
  • Concerto for viola and orchestra (2014)
Chamber music
  • Six Caprices for 2 violins (1988)
  • String Quartet No. 1 (1988)
  • Dance of Life for violin and double bass (1990)
  • Caprice No. 1 for violin solo (1995)
  • Moto Perpetuo for violin and piano (1998)
  • Ballade for double bass solo (1999)
  • Elegy for cello and piano (2000)
  • Moto Perpetuo for flute and piano (2004)
  • "Enchanted Garden" for piano Quintet (2005)
  • Shiraz for violin, cello and piano (2006)
  • Isfahan for clarinet, harp, 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass (2007)
  • Fountains of Fin for flute, violin and cello (2008)
Piano works
  • Nocturne (A Night in a Persian Garden) (2002)
  • Songs of Eternity for soprano and orchestra (1998)
  • Thomas Jefferson for narrator, solo cello and orchestra (1998)
  • Three Persian Songs for soprano and piano
  • Open Secret for chorus and mixed chamber ensemble (1999)
  • We Are One for a cappella chorus (2008)


[citation needed]

  • Rudolf Nissim Award
  • Charles Ives Award


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Behzad Ranjbaran's Piano Concerto to be performed by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra". Payvand's Iran News. 2008-06-04. Archived from the original on 16 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
  2. ^ "Behzad Ranjbaran". The Juilliard School. Retrieved 2008-10-11.

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