Biography

Mehdi Hosseini was born in 1979 in Tehran. Hosseini began his musical training in Iran, studying Persian music and the fundaments of composition under the guidance of Farhad Fakhreddini.

Following his studies in Iran, Hosseini finished his Master’s degree at the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory with Professor Alexander Minatsakanian and his Doctor of Music degree (DMA) in Composition with Sergei Slonimsky. Hosseini also studied composition with composer Nigel Osborn, worked on problems of music theory under the direction of professor Tatiana Bershadskaya, and is presently a Doctoral Candidate of Musicology at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory.

His music and style has demonstrated his creative capabilities as a composer and his research abilities as a ethnomusicologist and theorist. Hosseini has written symphonic music and chamber orchestra pieces for ensembles and soloists in various compositional genres. His works show a strong monodic music influence, originally interpreted and incorporated into a personal style. He often uses the word monodies not only as the title of his composition, but also as a musical term; by which he means the characteristics of single voice structures, adapting themselves to any musical texture. At its core, his music reflects his on-going research into the astonishing variety of Persian regional folk music and, in particular, the structure of Dastgah music.

His music achieves a subtle fusion of contemporary composition and ancient Persian musical traditions which can be heard in his Concerto for String Quartet and Chamber Orchestra (2008), which finds its source in the Magham of southeastern region of Torbate-jam and his Monodies (2011).

In the last few years, Mehdi Hosseini has been actively participating in contemporary music projects local to St. Petersburg, the “Cultural Capital of Russia.” His music is regularly performed in such festivals as Sound Ways, St. Petersburg Musical Spring, Contemporary East and West, Contemporary Past and others. His music has been performed by orchestras and ensembles such as the St. Petersburg State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Studio for New Music Ensemble, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble and more. His music is played in Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, etc. Works of Hosseini have been published by the Compozitor Publishing House Saint-Petersburg.

Mehdi Hosseini made an invaluable contribution to the development of the St. Petersburg cultural scene in 2011 when he opened the St. Petersburg Contemporary Music Center. In 2013, he has initiated the Saint Petersburg International New Music Festival “reMusik”.

In 2013, he has got the award “The Best Academic Music Album of the Year” from the Iranian House of Music for the album “Monodies“.