Hossein Dehlavi


Hossein Dehlavi (Persian: حسین دهلوی) (September 30, 1927 – October 15, 2019) was an Iranian composer.[1][2]

Hossein Dehlavi was born in 1927 in Tehran, Iran and started music with his father Moezeddin Emami who was a pupil of master Ali-Akbar Shahnazi. Dehlavi studied composition at the Tehran Conservatory of Music with Hossein Nassehi and Heimo Tauber. He studied Persian music with Abolhasan Saba and, from 1957 to 1967, was the principal conductor of the Persian Fine Arts Administration Orchestra, also known as Saba Orchestra.[1][3]

Dehlavi started to teach at the Persian National Music Conservatory in Tehran since 1957 and from 1961 until 1950 was the director of this conservatory. The conductor Ali Rahbari was one of his pupils. In 1992, with the cooperation of nearly 70 players of Persian instruments, Dehlavi established the Plectrum Orchestra in Tehran.

His works included several pieces for Persian instruments and orchestra, voice and orchestra, choir and orchestra, and two operas and a ballet. As his contribution to the Year of the Child (1979), he wrote an opera for children called Mana and Mani.

His wife Susan Aslani and his son Houman Dehlavi are also famous musicians

Selected Compositions[edit]
Chamber Works

Duo for Santur, 1953
Plectrum Quartet (Chahar-Navazi-e Mezrabi), 1964
Orchestral Works

Sabolkbal (Breezy), 1953
Shushtari, for violin and orchestra, based on a piece by Abolhassan Saba, 1958.
Concertino for Santur & Orchestra (with Faramarz Payvar), 1958
Forugh-e Eshgh (Blaze of Love) – 1963
Sarbaz (Soldier) with choir, 1966.

Khosrow and Shirin (based on a romance by the 12th-century Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi, 1970.
Mana and Mani (for children), 1979.

Bijan & Manijeh ballet (inspired from the National epic of Persia Shahnameh by Ferdowsi) – premiered at Tehran’s Rudaki Hall in 1975
On October 15, 2019, Dehlavi died at his home in Tehran. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for years.[3]

  • Birthday: September 30, 1927
  • Death: October 15, 2019
  • Birthplace: Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Musician and Composer

4.5 2 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments