The Art of Listening: A Melodic Evening with Farhad Mechkat

Key Note April 27, 2006

Critically acclaimed international composer, conductor, and musical virtuoso Farhad Mechkat shares his unique perspective and insights on the fascinating world of classical music. Examining the subtleties of the age-old art of listening, Mechkat draws upon a lifetime of musical experience to help listeners open new doors for the appreciation and enjoyment of the most beautiful of all languages.

Though born and raised in Europe, where he began his musical studies as a young child at the Geneva Conservatory of Music, Mechkat’s Iranian heritage and prodigious talent would destine him to become Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra (TSO). During his tenure, he completely revived the TSO, raising the level of the orchestra to an international standard and putting Tehran on the musical map of the world. So successful were his efforts, in fact, that a new 2000-seat concert hall was built to accommodate the burgeoning audiences of the TSO.

Having guest-conducted major orchestras throughout the world during his illustrious career, Mechkat’s passion for music engenders a natural sense of affinity and respect for the musicians he works with, creating a genuine spirit of congeniality that brings out the best in those around him. Fluent in five languages, his longtime study of the Italian school of music-making and love for Italian culture earned him the honor of being one of the youngest individuals ever to be awarded the title of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Location: Nour Foundation Gallery
322 West 108th Street, New York, NY 10025