Hooman Khalatbari

Born on April 17th

Hooman Khalatbari studied piano with Nayyerh Oskouyi, Lilly Sarkisian, and Melik Aslanian. He also studied harmony and counterpoint with Fereydoun Nasseri, composition with Ahmad Pejman, and the principles of orchestral conducting with Thomas Christian David and Heshmat Sanjari.

He graduated with a B. Mus. from the University of Arts in 1996, having studied Iranian traditional music and Setar playing with Mehrbanu Tofigh, and classical music with Sharif Lotfi, Houshang Kamkar, Amir-Ashraf Arianpour, and Kambiz Roshan-Rawan. From 1988 to 1996, he was the principal pianist of Tehran Symphony Orchestra, assistant conductor of Tehran Symphony Choir, principal pianist for Bahman Cultural Center (BCC) orchestra and choir, and assistant conductor to Prof. Thomas Christian David with Tehran Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Khalatbari moved to Austria in 1997 and entered Kunstuniversität Graz, where he studied choral conducting under Rupert Huber and Johannes Prinz, orchestral conducting under Arturo Tamayo, Raffi Armenian and Martin Sieghart. He also studied Opera conducting under Wolfgang Bozic and Günter Fruhmann.
He graduated with honours in 2006 with degrees in both choral and orchestral conducting.
He was the assistant conductor (and later the principal conductor) of the Junger Kuenstler opera festival in Graz between 1999 to 2001, and the founder and artistic director of the Kirchstetten Castle International Music Festival in northern Austria since 2001. He will be celebrating the latter festival’s 11th season with a performance of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus later this year.

Mr. Khalatbari has frequently appeared at the podium of the Graz Opera since 2001, where his conducting repertoire for the 2010-2011 season has included Verdi’s La Traviata, Richard Strauss’ Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Gounod’s Faust, and Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.
Mr. Khalatbari’s conducting repertoire spans a wide spectrum of musical traditions, ranging from classical (opera and symphonic) to atonal and contemporary music, and reflects his eclectic musical tastes. Conducting the combined forces of a Persian music Ensemble  for the world premiere of the Mr.Motebassem,s  Simorq Project  with Homayun Shajarian is his latest musical venture.