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Pedram was born in Teheran in 1974 in a family of amateur musicians. His father plays several instruments, his mother sings, his sister plays setar and his brother plays tar.

“I have always heard music at home: when we entertained guests or relatives, each member of the family had to play, sing or dance after dinner. Soon, I knew to play several instruments.“

At the age of 10, he starts learning the santoor, first in Isfahan (where his father, an helicopter pilot, was posted) and later in Teheran, from eminent masters such as Faramarz Payvar, Parviz Meshkatian, Pashang Kamkar, Masood Shenasa and Siroos Saghari.

In 1991, he forms a band with other young students from his school. The same year, they are invited to perform at the Festival of Iranian Art in Düsseldorf (Germany).

In 1993, he wins the First Prize, in the category “santoor”, at the Young Iranian Musicians Award.

Shortly thereafter, he is invited to join Dastan, Iran’s leading traditional band: “To play with Dastan gave me the break I was looking for. I was very proud to tour with such great musicians.” They go on a world tour: Morocco (Asila Festival), Australia (Sidney Opera) and the USA (Appolo Theater in Chicago, Arts Palace in San Francisco) are some of the most memorable dates. Pedram was only 19, the youngest member ever to play with Dastan.


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