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Sohrab Pournazeri

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Occupation(s)  Soloist, composer
Role  Composer
Years active  1997–present
Genres  Music of Iran

Website  [1]
Music director  Hard Makeup
Name  Sohrab Pournazeri
Siblings  Tahmoures Pournazeri

Instruments  Kamancheh, Tanbour, Daf, Tar, Setar
Similar People  Tahmoures Pournazeri, Shamss Ensemble, Homayoun Shajarian, Alireza Ghorbani, Mohammad‑Reza Shajarian

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Sohrab Pournazeri (Persian: سهراب پور ناظری) is an Iranian-Kurdish musician and composer born in 1982 in Kermanshah. He plays Kamancheh and tanbour.


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Sohrab Pournazeri was born in Kermanshah on October 7, 1982, to Kurdish parents and had a musical upbringing. His father, Kaykhosrow Pournazeri was a well-known musician who played tanbour and tar. Kaykhosrow Pournazeri introduced was the founder of the first ensemble of tanbour, he introduced this sacred instrument of Ahl-e Haqq to the urban musical culture of Iran. His ensemble also introduced several musicians that later became established artists of Persian music.

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At a very young age, Sohrab began studying tanbour and daf, and later tar and setar before finding his true calling by taking up kamancheh. Sohrab's first choice was the folk instrument of tanbour due to his orientation, but he added kamancheh to improve his career as Iranian classical musician. He began performing before audiences with Shams Ensemble at age of fifteen.

Sohrab Purnazeri learned tanbour from his father, Kaykhosrow Pournazeri, kamancheh from Ardeshir Kamkar, vocalization from Hamid Reza Noorbakhsh. He received his bachelor's degree in music from the Faculty of the Arts, Sooreh University in Tehran in 2001.


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Souhrab Pournazeri currently plays with Shams Ensemble which was established in 1980 and is focused on Persian classical music as well as musical tradition of Sufi and Ahl-e Haqq culture. Pournazeri's primary performance instruments are kamancheh and tanbour.

Playing style

Sohrab Pournazeri's style is rooted in both Persian classical music as well as folk and sacred musical culture of Ahl-e Haqq in Iranian Western province of Kermanshah. He is an incredible virtuoso soloist who not only cheers audiences but also enjoys the beauty of music during live performances.

Live performances

2011: USA tour with Shams Ensemble

2010: Omar Khayyám project with Alireza Ghorbani, Dorsaf Hamdani and Ali Ghamsari


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