Parviz Meshkatian


Born in Nishapur, Meshkatian entered the Tehran Academy of Arts, where he studied music theory and was introduced to radif (the Persian classical music repertoire) by the masters Nour Ali Boroumand, Dariush Safvat, Mohammad Taghi Massoudieh, and Mehdi Barkeshli. He focused on the radif of Mirza Abdollah for santur and setar.

In 1977, Meshkatian cofounded the Aref Ensemble.

Meshkatian died on September 21, 2009, in Tehran, from a heart attack.

Meshkatian entered the conservatory of music at an early age and studied theory and technique with the masters Noor Ali Boroomand, Dariush Safvat, Mohammad Taghi Massoudieh, and Mehdi Barkeshli. He chose the Radif of Mirza Abdollah as his main topic of research. After finishing his academic studies, Meshkatian continued the study of music with such masters as the late Abdollah Davami, Saied Hormozi, and Yousef forootan. He has won the first prize of Barbad competition in the field of santur. Meshkatian taught santur at the Center for the Preservation and Dissemination of Music where he also served as ensemble leader.

Meshkatian was one of the founding members of the Aref Ensemble, founded in 1977. He was also one of the founding members of the Chavosh Artistic and Cultural Foundation. The Chavosh foundation has played a major role in the development of Iranian music in the recent years.

Meshkatian tours Europe and Asia and regularly performs in such countries as France, Germany, England, Sweden, Netherlands, and Denmark. In the spring of 1982 he published the book titled “Twenty Pieces for Santur”. In spring of 1992 Meshkatian and Aref Ensemble won the first prize of the Spirit of the Earth Festival in England. Meshkatian’s Collaboration with Mohammad Reza Shajarian in the past fifteen years has produced some of the most beautiful recordings of contemporary classical music of Iran. While continuing his work as a composer and a researcher, Meshkatian is currently teaching music at the Tehran University.


  • Birthday: 15 May 1955
  • Death: 21 September 2009
  • Birthplace: Neyshabur, Khorasan, Iran

Composer, Researcher and Santur Player

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