Hormoz Farhat

Hormoz Farhat (Persian: هرمز فرهت) Born 1929 Tehran, is a composer, ethnomusicologist and Emeritus Professor of Music, Dublin University, Trinity College and a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin.[1]

Hormoz Farhat
Background information
Born 1929
Origin Tehran, Iran
Genres Classical music
Contemporary Music
Occupation(s) Composer, ethnomusicologist, professor of music

He received a BA in music from the University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA (1953), an MA in composition from Mills College, California (1955) and a PhD in composition and ethnomusicology from UCLA (1965). He studied composition with Darius Milhaud, Lukas Foss, and Roy Harris.

During his years in California Farhat worked first as an Assistant Professor of Music at California State University, Long Beach (1961–64) and then as Associate Professor of Music at University of California, Los Angeles (1964–69).

On returning to Iran[2] he was a Professor and Head of Music Department at University of Tehran,[3] (1970–78) as well as the Head of Music Council in the National Iranian Radio and Television Network (1969–78) and Shiraz Arts Festival. He was Vice-Chancellor at Farabi University in Tehran (1975–77). In 1972 and 1973 he was invited as a visiting professor of music to Harvard University.

Farhat moved to Northern Ireland in 1979 as a Senior Research Fellow at Queen's University, Belfast and then to the Republic of Ireland as the Chair, Professor and Head of School of Music in Trinity College, University of Dublin, (1981–95).[4] He has been a guest lecturer at numerous institutions including universities of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana; Princeton, Stanford, Berkeley, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Durham, Amsterdam, Koln, Warsaw, Ljubljana, Copenhagen, Stockholm and The Smithsonian Institution[5] in Washington DC. He has been the external examiner, at University of Durham School of Music (1991–1994) and Royal Irish Academy of Music (2001–2004 and 2011–2014).

His compositions have been performed widely by, among many others, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra[6] and most recently by the pianist Soheil Nasseri  in Carnegie Hall and Merkin  Hall in New York[7] as well as in Strathmore Music Center.[8]

Hormoz Farhat is married to the academic philosopher Maria Baghramian.

Selected compositions

For orchestra:

Chamber music:

6 String Quartets; 3 Wind Trios; Duo for Violin and Viola; Divertimento for Saxophone Quartet; Piano Quintet; Partita for Wind Quintet.

For piano:

Theme and Variations; Persian Suite, (4 pieces); 2 Sonatas;[10] Four sets of Suites; Four Concert Etudes; 24 Essays; Five Bagatelles.

Vocal music:

Motion picture scores:

Scores for feature films by prominent Iranian film directors Dariush Mehrjui: Gaav (The Cow-1969), Postchi (Postman), and Aagha-ye Haaloo (Mr. Naive-1970) and, Nasser Taghvai: Aaraamesh dar hozoor-e digaraan (Tranquility in the Presence of Others- 1972), and Saadegh Kordeh (Sadeq the Kurdish- 1973). In 1970, Farhat was awarded The Golden Plaque for Best Music for the score of Mehrjui's internationally acclaimed film Gaav.[11]

Selected publications


Selected Articles:

See also


  1. "Hormoz Farhat". 27 May 2016.
  2. Persian, B. B. C. "به عبارت دیگر: گفتگو با هرمز فرهت".
  3. "BBCPersian.com".
  4. http://www.tcd.ie/catc/flagship-areas/music-composition.php
  5. http://fis-iran.org/en/comment/reply/2322?mode=print
  6. "Persepholis: Discovering the Music of Iran @www.classicalsource.com".
  7. "Speed and Mideast Echoes Add to a Pianist's Palette". The New York Times. 8 September 2011.
  8. "Pianist Soheil Nasseri, brooding over Beethoven at Music Center at Strathmore". washingtonpost.com. 8 June 2010.
  9. "BBC - (none) - Performance on 3 - BBC Symphony Orchestra".
  10. Dublin, Trinity College. "Music Composition Centre : Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland".
  11. "Cinema Celebrities (English)".
  12. "The Dastgah Concept in Persian Music".
  13. Farhat, Hormoz (8 July 2004). The Dastgah Concept in Persian Music. Cambridge University Press. ASIN 0521542065.
  14. "Search Results - "Iran: past, present and future" - EconBiz".
  15. Farhat, Hormoz (1 January 1997). "The evolution of style and content in performance practices of Persian traditional music". 33: 81–89. OCLC 444316548.
  16. Farhat, Hormoz (1 January 1998). "Music". Iranian Studies. 31 (3/4): 561–570. doi:10.1080/00210869808701932. JSTOR 4311189.
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