Born in 1953 in Iran, he studied persian music with great masters of the Radif. His exceptional talent was recognized at an early age and as a young musician in Tehran, he was admitted to the circle of all the great masters of Persian Classiacal Music.
Dariush Tala'i began learning from the great masters of traditional Iranian music at the age of 11. He acquired an extensive knowledge of theory and a highly accomplished technique on the Tar and Setar. His teachers included the brilliant Tar player Ali Akbar Shahnazi (son of Aqa Hoseyn-Qoli), Nur-Ali Borumand with whom he studied Radif and old compositions, as well as Yusef Forutan, Sa'id Hormozi and Abdollah Davami, with whom he studied Setar and vocal techniques and repertories.
From 1971 to 1979 he directed the National Radio and Television Ensemble of Iran. In 1975, he received his bachelor degree in the arts from the University of Tehran. In 1979, he moved to France, where he continued his study in musicology.
He has taught classical Persian music at the University of Tehran, the University of Washington in Seattle, as well as at the Sorbonne's Centre for Oriental Music Studies, and the Tehran School of Arts. He has given numerous concerts since 1974, throughout Europe, Iran and the United States.
His collaboration with prestigious artists such as Maurice Bejart, Carolyn Carlson, Michel Portal and with his numerous recordings and concerts throughout Europe and the USA, he has found a place in the western cultural heritage.
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