Sahba Motallebi

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Workshop on Sunday at 1:30pm on the Global Stage

Recognized as best Tar player among all ages at the the Iranian Music Festival (FAJR) four consecutive years (1993-1997).

Sahba Motallebi is a world music artist who was born in Iran and moved to Southern California 10 years ago, where she now resides. She is a Persian musician/composer, and plays Tar, Shoorangiz and Setar, also the author of two books on Persian classical music, namley “Tolou” and “Niayesh”.

A virtuoso of Tar and Setar, Sahba Motallebi is an internationally renowned musician. Sahba has been awarded the best Tar player by the Iranian Music Festival for four consecutive years. She has travelled around the globe presenting Persian music to enthusiasts in numerous countries.

A graduate of CalArts in world performance music performance and dance, she has been an ambassador of classical Persian music in the United States and has captivated audiences in prestigious venues such as Hollywood Bowl.

Sahba Motallebi began learning how to play Setar and Tar as a teenager with a venerable player, Fariborz Azizi in Sari, a small city in north of Iran. Her enthusiasm and unrelenting discipline quickly placed her at the top of her class.

Upon the discretion of Master Hossein Alizadeh (after playing for him) she was encouraged to come to the capital city and continue her study in music at Tehran Conservatory of Music in 1993.

At the age of 16, after two years of practicing and studying under the instructions of Fariborz Azizi and Hossein Alizadeh, she started the instruction of her private students. Later on, she graduated from Tehran Conservatory of Music where she mastered playing Tar and Setar in 1997. She continued her classical western music theory and harmony by venerable Dr. Mehran Rouhani respectively. She started teaching students on Tar and Setar at the age of 16.

In 2003 she decided to continue her formal music studied in composition at Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Russia. She also attended RGS University, Turkey for a comparative study of Persian and Turkish music. For four successive years, Sahba was awarded as the best Tar player in the Iranian Music Festival during the period 1995 to 1998. After graduation, Sahba and her school’s friends designed their own Persian Ensemble “Chakaveh”and had several concerts in Tehran at Vahdat and Roudaki Halls (two major concert halls in Tehran). “Chakaveh is the only women group which is able to play and compose like this.” Hossein Alizadeh said. She joined two other Persian groups Tolou and Hezarava later on. They traveled and presented Persian Music in Iran and around the world like China, Europe, and the USA.

In 1999, she was invited to the Iranian National Orchestra supervised by Farhad Fakhreddini and since then she has been traveling around the world to present the Persian Music. With the guidance of “The king of Tar” Hossein Alizadeh who had great influence on her, Sahba found her own style and composed many pieces.

She has recorded and released 8 CDs and is currently working on a new release.  Her recordings include Narbon, Presentation of young Artists, Dashti- Nava, Solace of the Eyes, Everlasting Songs of Iran VOL 1 and 2 and more.