Alireza Mortazavi, born in 17 September 1976 in Esfahan, Iran, is a contemporary composer and santoor player with an unique and personal style. He spent about 12 years learning and performing Iranian traditional music and in his teenage years he has received several rewards, which show his great expertise in the traditional Iranian repertoire. Contancts with other music genres, especially western music, allowed him to form his own personal, more contemporary style.
He studied musicology in Cremona, Italy, from 2001 to 2003. In the same period he began playing concerts around Europe. He participated in notable events, such as shows of the Bayern radio-television and also contributed in many festivals including Progetto Jazz Cremona and the Rudolstadt festival in Germany. In 2003 he went back to Iran and continued his artistic activities, evolving his personal style.
In some interviews he talks about his composing experience. In the years while he lived in Iran he began training students, and designed an instrument called Santoor-Piano, that allows to play in different keys without retuning the instrument. In this period, he released the album “Now and Then” and contributed to “Clouds”, published by Hermes Records, Iran, that won the international Womex Award in 2015. In 2007 he was invited to Germany to perform in several concerts, including the Total Music Meeting. In 2012 he moved to Turin, Italy, and began his research work in music and started his education at the faculty of Arts, Music and Performance (DAMS). In this period he performed and was interviewed in numerous radio programs in Italy, Germany and Switzerland, and toured around Europe for several concerts. Notable collaborations include the performance at the Mittelfest with trumpeter Markus Stockhausen, and some collaboration with the Italian singer and composer Franco Battiato. In 2015 he composed a piece for strings, oboe, santoor and soprano base on “Cantata Sacroprofana”. This composition was played in Italy along other compositions by Mozart, Verdi and Morricone.