About this Event
The History of Piano in Iran: A Lecture-Recital by Dr. Maryam Farshadfar
In this Florence Bayz Music Series event, Dr. Farshadfar presents a lecture-recital, which discusses the history of piano in Iran, and the influence of Persian culture on Western composers in the 19th century.
Dr. Farshadfar presents this lecture-recital, which discusses the history of piano in Iran, and the influence of Persian culture on Western composers in the 19th century. The recital includes performances of a variety of pieces by Western and Persian composers, including pieces by Glinka, Heise, and Marufi.
Maryam Farshadfar, a native of Iran, is a San Francisco-based pianist and ethnomusicologist. She has had a passion for playing the piano since the age of six, which has taken her across the world to play and to share her love of music. She holds a master’s degree in piano performance, and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Montreal (2017) where she was the recipient of the Bourses d’Etudes Supérieures for her dissertation, “The Practice of Persian Piano in Iran from 1879 to 1979,” which breaks ground in the vibrant world music cultural debate about the traditional practice of Persian piano music. Dr. Farshadfar has performed in solo recitals and with chamber ensembles at concert halls including the Tehran Niavaran Hall and Konzerthaus Freiburg. She enjoys an active career as a piano performer and scholar. She is currently a full-time music faculty in San Jose Evergreen Valley College and the music director of Evergreen Valley College Choir.