Having graduated from the Music Conservatory, Hossein Alizadeh
entered the School of Music of the University of Tehran in 1975, where he received
his Bachelor's degree in composition and performance. During the same period he
also studied the Radif of traditional Persian music with various masters such as
Houshang Zarif, Ali Akbar Shahnazi, NurAli Borumand, Mahmood Karimi,
Abdollah Davâmi, Yousef Foroutan, and Saied Hormozi. Upon completion
and graduation, he was awarded a position with the National Orchestra and later
became the conductor and soloist of the Iranian National Radio and Television Orchestra.
Alizadeh established the Aref Ensemble
and worked with the Shayda Ensemble, both of which were dedicated to the promotion and
advancement of Persian classical music. Alizadeh's first professional
experience in Europe was his participation in the orchestra of the famous Bejart
Ballet Company performing Gulistan (a ballet by Maurice Bejart).
In the early 1980's, he further expanded his formal education by studying
composition and musicology at the University of Berlin.
Considered one of the most important figures in contemporary Persian music,
some of his most noted compositions are the Nava Improvisations (1976), Riders
of the Plains of Hope (1977), Hessar (1977), Revolt (for harp, string orchestra
and percussion, 1983), NeyNava (1983, for solo ney and string orchestra), Dream
(for harp and flute, 1986), Torkaman (1986), Raz o Niaz (1986), Song of
Compassion (1991), New Secret (1996), and Endless Vision (2004). The latter
brought him the third Grammy Award nomination for the best World Music Album.
In addition to teaching at the University of
Tehran and the Tehran Music Conservatory he has also written and published the
entire body of the Radif (based on the interpretation of Mirza Abdullah) for tar and setar which is now among the most important references of Persian music.