TEHRAN -- The 30th Fajr International Music Festival was inaugurated on Friday with a variety of performances in several venues across Tehran.
Tehran’s Vahdat Hall hosted a performance by Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra directed by conductor Nader Mashayekhi on its opening day followed by a piano recital from Germany.
The Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra is an orchestra recently established by the Tehran Municipality in collaboration with the Iranian Artists forum.
Rudaki Hall hosted several solo performances of piano and violin on the first day.
The Iranian ensembles Khonya led by Pari Maleki and Sahand directed by conductor Rashid Vatandust gave their performances at the Eivan-e Shams Hall in Tehran.
In addition, Arasbaran Cultural Center and Azadi Tower were the hosts of several performances.
This year, in addition to many local Iranian musicians, ten groups from across the world are participating in the festival, which will run until February 20.
The foreign groups will perform 15 concerts during the festival.
The groups are from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Estonia, Armenia, Tunisia and Iraq.
Two performances by Italian quartet Maurice led by violinist Georgia Privitera are scheduled to be held at Shams Hall today and on February 17. Laura Bertolino, Francesco Vernero and Aline Privitera are the other members of the quartet.
Moreover, Dutch quartet composed of tenor and soprano saxophonist Yuri Honing, pianist Wolfert Brederode, double bassist Ruben Samama and drummer Joost Lijbaart will give concerts at Vahdat Hall on February 15 and 16.