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.
Istgah orchestra has been honored to stand by the international organizations such as the United Nations (UN) in order to deliver the message of peace and friendship of Iranians to the world in the language of art. We look forward to becoming a decent representive of Iranian arts across the world and we insist on it. The peace ambassador of Istgah is recognized as one of the most dynamic artistic groups collaborating with the UN office in Iran by holding several concerts and festivals in line with the goals of UN. The international project of Istgah on the international day of peace in collaboration with musicians from all over the world, turned to a great cultural political event on an international art level.
Mahdi Norouzi is a graduate from the international conservatory of music with several years of experience as a lecturer in the music department of Tehran. He is also experienced in composing, arranging and playing music. In 2011, Norouzi established Istgah orchestra together with his peers from music department. Interested in cinema and music, he started his career with performing repertoires of nostalgic film scores. Currently, he is the manager of the Istgah peace ambassador institute of culture and arts and works in the field of music and musical performances.