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Biography

Ali Asghar Bahari (Farsi: علی‌اصغر بهاری, also spelled Ali-Asghar Bahari) (b. 1905, Tehran – June 10, 1995) was an Iranian kamancheh solo player and a composer of .

He was born in Tehran to Baharian parents and began studying music under the guidance of his grandfather Mohammad Taghi Khan, who was a kamancheh player as well. After three years, his father arranged for his uncles' to teach him more advanced techniques. Bahari had three uncles: Akbar, Reza and Hassan, who were all famous kamancheh players at the time. His first major success was with Ebrahim Khan Mansouri's Orchestra at the age of 18. Bahari established his own music school in Mashhad, then moved back to Tehran and became a kamancheh instructor in Honarestan under Ruhollah Khaleghi. He played with famous Iranian musicians such as Hossein Tehrani, Ahmad Ebadi, and Abolhasan Saba. He also was a professor of music in Tehran University for a few years, and toured countries such as France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, England, and the United States. Bahari died in Tehran in June 1995.

Among his students who went on to become great masters of Persian traditional music in their own right were Mazdak Tehrani and Morteza Varzi.

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