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Alexander Rahbari a remporté au début de sa carrière plusieurs grands prix internationaux. En 1977, il gagne le Premier Prix du Concours international de chefs d’orchestre de Besançon, puis le deuxième prix du concours de Genève. Remarqué par Herbert von Karajan, celui-ci l’invite à diriger l’Orchestre philharmonique de Berlin. Après ses débuts triomphaux, la Philharmonie de Berlin le réinvite en 1980, 1982 et 1984 et Herbert von Karajan lui demande d’être son assistant au Festival de Pâques de Salzbourg en 1980. Depuis, Alexander Rahbari a dirigé plus d’une centaine d’orchestres à travers le monde et travaillé avec les plus prestigieuses maisons d’opéras. Il a enregistré plus de 100 CDs. En 1985, la Philharmonie Tchèque invite Alexander Rahbari a être son Chef Invité Permanent et Alexander Rahbari reçoit la Médaille Dvorak pour son remarquable travail avec cet orchestre. En 1985, Alexander Rahbari devient également Principal chef Invité de l’Orchestre de la Radio Télévision Belge, dont il sera ensuite Directeur Musical de 1988 à 1996. C’est à cette époque que l’Orchestre deviendra bien connu pour ses enregistrements très bien accueillis par la critique et en 1994, il reçoit le Trophée Fuga décerné par l’Association des Compositeurs Belges pour l’excellence de son travail avec l’orchestre. Depuis 2000, il est Chef permanent de l’Orchestre symphonique de Malaga. Les enregistrements des opéras de Verdi et Puccini lui ont valu une reconnaissance internationale et en tant que Directeur Musical de Koch International (fondé en 1992), il a découvert de nombreux jeunes solistes et ensembles, les aidant à enregistrer et à se faire connaître à un niveau international. Né à Téhéran, Alexander Rahbari à étudié à Vienne avec Gottfried von Einem, Hans Swarowsky et Karl Osterreicher. Il est citoyen autrichien. Alexander Rahbari est un artiste à plus d’un titre, ainsi il a peint des portraits de nombreux artistes, il a aussi dessiné les plans de sa charmante ferme au sud de l’Autriche.
Born in Tehran - Iran, Alexander (Ali) Rahbari was trained in Vienna as a pupil of Gottfried von Einem, Hans Swarowsky and Karl Österreicher. On his return to Iran, only 24 years old, he was appointed director of the Teheran Conservatory of Music and took a leading position in the cultural development of his country.
Early in his conducting career Rahbari was the recipient of several major awards. In 1977 he won the prestigious Gold Medal at the Concours International de Jeunes Chefs D’Orchestre (The International Contest of Young Conductors) in Besançon, France following a Silver Medal at the Geneva Conductor’s Competition.
Noticed by the legendary Herbert von Karajan, Rahbari was invited by him to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. After this triumphal debut with the orchestra, further engagements followed in 1980, 1982 and 1984. Karajan also paid him the enormous compliment of asking Rahbari to be his assistant at the Salzburg Easter Festival in 1980.
From this auspicious start, Rahbari's career has blossomed and to date he has conducted more than 120 orchestras around the world working in most renowned opera houses, national and international scenes such as Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre National de France, Czech Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, NHK Tokyo, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra, The Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Barcelona City Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and the English National Opera.
In 1985, Alexander Rahbari was appointed as the Czech Philharmonic’s Permanent Guest Conductor. His achievements brought him the prestigious award of Dvorak Medal for his outstanding work with the Czech Philharmonic.
Also from 1985 Rahbari became Principal Guest Conductor with the Belgian Radio and Television Orchestra, Brussels - the "BRTN" - and served as Chief Music Director from 1988 until 1996. It was during his time with the orchestra that he became well known for his recordings of the standard orchestral repertoire together with operas, contemporary music and choral works and in 1994 he was honoured with the Fuga Trophy by the Belgian Composers' Association for his outstanding achievements with the orchestra.
His recordings on Compact Disc alone number more than 150 and some of them were recorded by DISCOVER, NAXOS, and POLYGRAM. Rahbari's recordings of Verdi's and Puccini's operas have brought him international acclaim and recognition and as Chief Music Director of Koch Discover International (which he founded in 1992) he has discovered many young soloists and ensembles, helping them to make recordings and promoting them on the international scene.
From 1997 until 1999, Rahbari was appointed as principle conductor of Zagreb Philharmonic and Virtuosi di Praga. In 2000 he moved to South Spain as he was nominated as Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Malaga Symphony Orchestra and remained in the city until 2004.
Gathering 60 Iranian musicians in 1997 from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United States in Bregenz, Rahbari founded the Persian International Philharmonic. The result has been recording of several oriental peaces as Scheherezade from Rimsky Korsakov, Violin Concert from Aram Khachaturian and Nohe Khan, composed by Rahbari at the age of 19, under the direction of Koch Discover International.
In 2003 Alexander Rahbari obtained the Reward of Honour from the City of Malaga for Outstanding Artistic Achievements. The tour in Germany with the Malaga Symphony Orchestra in 2004 through Munich, Friedrichshafen, Düsseldorf, Regensburg, Köln, Braunschweig, etc. was a complete success resulting in standing ovations and excellent reviews in the media.
In 2005, Maestro Rahbari was invited to Iran as the Permanent Conductor of Tehran Symphony Orchestra. His return and performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, after thirty years in the country, become the biggest music event of the past three decades.
Married to a violinist from Croatia, Alexander Rahbari is father of five children. Something of a new Renaissance man, he is a passionate artist and has painted portraits of several international music personalities. He is also the avid designer of his charming home outside of Vienna.