A master of Persian classical singing
Shahram Nazeri is one of Iran's most celebrated singers and a master of the Persian classical and Sufi repertoires. He was born to a musical Kurdish family in Kermanshah, Western Iran, on 18 February 1950. At the age of eight he joined Sufi ensembles and When he was eleven, he sang on Iranian national television. and started to study the traditional repertoire or radif.
He became attracted to the mysteries of Sufism and its music and literature through the works of Mowlana Jelaladin Rumi, Sheikh Attar and others. His teachers include some of the most important exponents of Persian music, Abdollah Davami, Nourali Boroumand, and Mahmood Karimi.
Nazeri was the first vocalist to set Rumi's poetry to Persian music thirty-five years ago. He established a tradition of Sufi music within both Persian classical music and Kurdish music, and his music was instrumental in introducing Western musical audiences to both Sufism and to the poetry of Rumi.
He has sung with the leading ensembles of Iran, Dastan, Sheyda, Aref and Kamkars group. His performances in Europe, the Middle East, and North America have been acclaimed for their poetry and virtuosity. He has numerous recordings to his credit.
The New York Times has dubbed him the "Persian Nightingale" and the Christian Science Monitor has called him "Iran's Pavarotti".
Shahram Nazeri has won many prizes, and awards like "Chevalier des Arts et Lettres" medal and "Ordre national du Mérite".