Kayhan Kalhor

Iran
Classical Middle East
Kayhan Kalhor

Kayhan Kalhor is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancheh (spiked fiddle) and on the setar (long-necked lute), who through his many musical collaborations has been popularizing Persian music around the world. He is widely considered as one of the most important ambassadors for Iranian music and culture. A child prodigy on the kamancheh, he is not only a consummate master of the Iranian classical repertoire (radif), but also of the Western. Kalhor is one of the biggest stars and most creative forces in Iran's music scene and has accumulated a faithful fan base, which not only shows in his social media channels (Facebook 340k, Instagram 470k fans).

Born in Tehran, Iran, he began his musical studies at the age of seven. At thirteen, he was invited to work with the National Orchestra of Radio and Television of Iran, where he performed for five years. When he was seventeen he began working with the Shayda Ensemble of the Chavosh Cultural Center, the most prestigious arts organization in Iran at the time. He has traveled extensively throughout Iran, studying the music of its many regions, in particular those of Khorason and Kordestan.

Kayhan Kalhor has toured the world as a soloist with various ensembles and orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de Lyon. He is co-founder of the renowned ensembles Dastan and Masters of Persian Music. Kalhor has composed works for Iran’s most renowned vocalists Mohammad Reza Shajarian and Shahram Nazeri and has also performed and recorded with Iran’s greatest instrumentalists. He has composed music for television and film and was featured on the soundtrack of Francis Ford Copolla’s Youth Without Youth in a score that he collaborated on with Osvaldo Golijov


Kayhan is an original member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project for whom he continues to compose for and tour with. His compositions appear on all of the Ensemble’s albums. His most recent albums include Silent City, collaboration with Brooklyn Rider, and I Will Not Stand Alone with santoor player Ali Bahrami Fard. Kayhan has been nominated for three Grammys and in 2017 was awarded a Grammy with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2017).

Videos
  • Kayhan Kalhor & Toumani Diabaté live at Morgenland Festival Osnabrück
    Kayhan Kalhor & Toumani Diabaté live at Morgenland Festival Osnabrück
  • Kayhan Kalhor live at Morgenland Festival Osnabrück 2012
    Kayhan Kalhor live at Morgenland Festival Osnabrück 2012
  • In Concert: Kayhan Kalhor and Ali Bahrami Fard
    In Concert: Kayhan Kalhor and Ali Bahrami Fard
  • Kayhan Kalhor (iran) & Rembrandt Trio [ live on tour 2016 ]
    Kayhan Kalhor (iran) & Rembrandt Trio [ live on tour 2016 ]
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Press
This was an intense, memorable and almost exhaustingly emotional set.
The Guardian, 06.11.2014
Experimentalism is always more rewarding when it leads to resounding emotional depth, and this is as good an example as you'll find of a group of musicians achieving that ideal balance.
Pitchfork, 01.23.2009
...a transcendent performance of stellar virtuosity and relentless spirituality.
All About Jazz, 09.08.2013
Discography
Scattering Stars Like Dust
Scattering Stars Like Dust
1998
Night, Silence, Desert
Night, Silence, Desert
2000
Without You
Without You
2002
In the Mirror of the Sky
In the Mirror of the Sky
2004
Faryad
Faryad
2005
The Wind
The Wind
2006
Decca / ECM
Silent City
Silent City
2008
Soroude Mehr
Soroude Mehr
2007
Saze Khamoosh
Saze Khamoosh
2007
Voices of the Shades
Voices of the Shades
2011
I Will Not Stand Alone
I Will Not Stand Alone
2012
Kula Kulluk Yakişir Mi
Kula Kulluk Yakişir Mi
2013
ECM
Hawniyaz
Hawniyaz
2016
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