Biography

Rahim Shahryari: (Bio-sketch) DOB 2/20/1971

Mr. Shahryari is a multi talented well known professional performer in the music scene of Islamic Republic of Iran. He plays the authentic instrument of Qarmon (Gharman), the original instrument for Accordion. Qarmon is widely known as a traditional lead instrument in ethnomusicology of east European countries, Central Asia, Russia, and the Crocuses as well as Azerbaijan and Iran. Mr. Shaharyari has proven to be an exceptional vocalist as well. He burst into music arena in Iran in 1996, by forming the Araz Ensemble, a first of it’s kind in the country since the Islamic revolution of 1997. Since his debut in 1995, in Tehran International

Exposition, he has performed as lead singer/Qarmon player in nearly 200 live concerts in Iran, and around the world. Mr. Shahryari has published over 15 musical albums of his own, and helped in production of dozen more for other artists. He enjoys a broad popularity in Iran, Azerbaijan, and the respective Diaspora communities in Europe and North America. He is best known for promoting a new waive of popular young minded Azeri ethno music that, he introduced in his widely sold album in year 2000 in Iran. In 1999 he performed with his group Araz in the 2nd World Congress of Azerbaijanis in California, hosted by Dr. Hassan Aghnami. He returned to U.S a year later for a tour of 10 cities concerts on the invitation of University of California, Santa Barbara’s school of fine Arts.

Mr. Shahryari is the recipient of Fajr Festival’s ( most prestigious music festival in Iran ) Golden Plaque. He has received numerous awards, proclamations, and memorandum of appreciation from both governmental and private institutions.

Mr. Shahryari holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business management from Tabriz University. He has been married and has a 6 year old daughter.

He has appeared in dozens of T.V Shows in Iran, Azerbaijan, U.S and Turkey. BBC of London aired an exclusive interview with him in 2009. Mr. Shahryari was invited to perform in an event dubbed “ An Special evening with 3 prominent Iranian Human Rights Activist”, featuring Ms. Shirin Ebadi (the 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate), and Mrs. Mehrangiz Kaar ( lawyer, writer, and Iranian Women’s Right Activist) in Vancouver , Canada, in 2004.

There are numerous published interviews and reports on Mr. Shahryari and his professional works in Persian, and English press. He has performed in concerts in U.S, Germany, France, Canada, Turkey, as well as Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Mr. Shahryari was a member of Executive Committee and a consultant in the first International Seminar of Azerbaijani Music in Iran in 2002. He performed with the Baku’s Philharmonics Orchestra in a Festival dubbed “ Celeberating Tofique Bakikhanov”, contributions to the music of republic of Azerbaijan. Holding auditions and acting as a member of jury for Baku‘s music academy number 35, Mr. Shahryari helped in election of a group of young musicians and vocalists for participation in country’s main musical contest in republic of Azerbaijan, in 2010.

Mr. Shahryari has been well published in the internet and enjoys compiled pages and sites in world wide web, including but not limited to YouTube and Google.

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