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Iran classical musician refuses French high distinction

Iranian musician and tar maestro Hossein Alizadeh

Iranian musician and tar maestro Hossein Alizadeh

Iranian tar maestro Hossein Alizadeh has refused to accept France’s high distinction in art, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Alizadeh expressed his appreciation to Iranian officials as well as the embassy of France in a letter and announced his refusal to receive the award.

He said that he would prefer to be only known as Hossein Alizadeh with no prestigious title and a granted suffix or prefix with his name.

“The art-loving people and my dear compatriots have bestowed upon me the highest honor many times,” said Alizadeh.

Born in 1951, he studied Composition and Musicology at Berlin University and has taught at the University of Tehran and Tehran Music Conservatory.

Alizadeh is considered as one of the most important figures in contemporary Persian music, exemplifying excellence in traditional Persian music today.

He is a musician with significant abilities who has created remarkable and memorable pieces.

The prominent composer Alizadeh has presented a repertoire of his compositions at several international music events and was nominated three times for the Grammy Award. 

France has honored a number of Iranian artists and scholars such as Mohammadreza Shajarian (vocalist), Abbas Kiarostami (filmmaker), Dariush Mehrjui (filmmaker), Leila Hatami (actress), and Pari Saberi (theater director) with different high decorations.

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