Istgah orchestra was founded in 2010 by consistent efforts of Mahdi Norouzi and a group of graduate students in music and singing in Tehran. Initially, it consisted of a few members who had to manage multiple roles at the same time. The very first idea to establish the Istgah orchestra was based on filling the need of the music market to a private, independent and professional orchestra in Iran. The years of assiduous efforts as well as taking advantage of the opportunities led into the emergence of Istgah orchestra in 2011 as a private institution. Ever since, Istgah has been significantly growing as it collaborated with national and international music legends such as Naser Cheshmazar and Richard Clayderman. Also, taking part in musical theaters of Mary Poppins and The Corpse Bride, the Istgah orchestra has been able to introduce itself successfully to the community of music and performance art.
Currently, Istgah has gained a superior status in the field of Iranian music and art through participating in various closing ceremonies, and film and art festivals, as well as musical theaters. This elite group now consists of more than 150 members including Iranian and international singers, musicians and composers.
Richard Clayderman as a professional piano player achieved a fame and status that seems inaccessible for most of the French musicians so far. He has played piano for years and is recognized as an international figure through his remarkable albums and concerts. He has produced more than 800 albums in duration of his career and had sold an outstanding 90 million albums. Among all his albums, 63 and 263 albums are respectively certified platinum and gold.
Naser Cheshmazar is immortalized in the history of Iranian pop music by the memories which he made for everybody. This artist integrated the music intelligence with pure love and life, something that is rare nowadays. He started his professional career in pop music as a player of accordion, piano and keyboard for recording music pieces and with his brilliant talent and efforts, he reached a high status in the history of Iranian music. He was awarded several times at the various reputable festivals.
He is a Ph.D. graduate of musicology, the solo oboist at Tehran Symphony Orchestra in 1970s, and a lecturer in the music department of Austria. He was the conductor of the orchestra of Amriswil, in Switzerland and in 1987, he took part in the orchestra conducting competition and won the first prize and received a gold medal from the ministry of culture of Belgium. He has been introducing several pieces of Iranian symphonic composers in recent years and performed many of them as well as compositions of the world greatest composers.
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