|Bahar Movahed Bashiri
was born in Tehran on March 27, 1979. She started learning music early while still a child by playing the piano. Later on, she learned how to play the Tanbour by taking formal lessons from Virtuoso Seyed Amrollah Shah Ebrahimi, albeit for a short period when she was a teenager. This is the time when she developed an interest in Kurdish and eventually Iranian vocal Radifs
(repertory). Meanwhile, she started learning the Tar with Keyvan Saket
and Mohamad Reza Ebrahimi
and simultaneously had the honor to attend the vocal classes of Mrs. Parissa
. This way, she began her serious vocal training in 1998.
During this period, Bahar was attending the dental school and her educational requirements left little time for her to pursue vocal trainings at a desired level. However, she was able to manage to do both continuing her dental school, and working hard on her vocal training. After finishing the vocal Radif
of Mahmoud Karimi with Parisa, she got sight-reading lessons from Kamran Omid and took advantage of Shahram Nazeri
’s vocal style and method by participating in some sessions of his classes. Having earned her D.D.S degree in 2003, she participated in the government physician program until 2005. In the mean time, Bahar went to Hamid Reza Noorbakhsh to educate herself with the vocal method of Taherzadeh and after finishing her apprenticeship she was able to combine music with lyrics and poetry. By 2006 end, she participated in Maestro Shajarian
’s vocal workshops and after taking the requirement exams she became a formal vocal student of Shajarian.
She has been engaged in teaching “Response to Vocal” at Girls’ Music School and also teaching vocal Radifs
in music institutes since 2007.
During all these years, Bahar enjoyed very much to learn from all such various teachers and at the same time she did more by listening to the Persian classical vocalists and tried to imitate their styles and methods. Since 2006, she has been preoccupied with using all her vocal trainings and experience to find a method of her own and was to a certain degree successful in achieving her goal. Such experiences have been invaluable to her and helped her to take some positive steps in that endeavor.
Unfortunately, given the unfavorable condition for the female vocalists to present their works independently, either by performing on the stage or publishing audios or videos in Iran, she hopes that this website would be an opportunity, although minimal, for her to gradually introduce her works while being able to receive the necessary feedback to enhance her capability in improving her talent as a vocalist.
Bahar is continuing her education at UCSF School of Dentistry now.