(Persia Digest) – February 18 marks the birthday of Shahram Nazeri, the pioneer Iranian tenor who performs the lyrics of famous Persian poets Molavi, founding a new style of epic-mythical singing. He was named as Iran’s chevalier of song by the French.
He has been active on the Iranian music scene for three decades and has released forty albums to date. The songs he has performed in his Kurdish mother tongue are also very popular. The most famous of these are “Shirin, shirin” and “Varan varaneh” folk songs covered by him. Nazeri’s fame extends beyond Iran. He was awarded France’s Chevalier des Arts et Lettres medal on September 2007 and the French Order of Merit in 2014.
Nazeri has performed in concert halls worldwide and received many awards, including First Prize at the Concours de Musique Traditionelle, the UCLA Living Legend Award, Lifetime Cultural Heritage Award of the Asia Society of New York, and the Best Singer of Classical Persian and Sufi Music from the Ministry of Culture in Iran.