in 1960 in Mashad, Iran, Mr. Kayvan Saket's musical
experience began during his elementary school years while
performing with the Music Workshop on national Iranian
television. He received musical instruction on the "tar"
from his uncle, Mr. Manoucher Zamanian, upon reaching
adolescence where he showed promising signs of a future and
successful musical career. He was also taught by
Mr. Hamid Motabassem
for a short period of time. Soon after, Mr. Saket began
studying the works of classical and contemporary Iranian
musicians. In 1989, Mr. Saket joined the Aref Ensemble under
the leadership of
Saket's collaboration with the Ensemble continued steadily
into 1996; during this time period, they released several
albums and performed extensively throughout Iran and abroad.
same time, Mr. Saket established the
orchestra's primary goal was to bring about a revival of the
traditional style of Iranian master
Together, Mr. Saket and the Vaziri Orchestra perform on a
regular basis in Iran; their work includes pieces such as "Ey
Vatan", which is a dedication to the legacy of Mr. Vaziri.
has pushed the boundaries of traditional Iranian music to
new and breaking grounds through his creative arrangements
of well-known western classical music, using traditional
Iranian instruments such as the "tar" and "setar".
These innovative works include pieces such as Mozart's
colorful Symphony No. 40 and Brahms' Hungarian Rhapsodies
(for a complete list of pieces and publications, please see
Books & CDs).