“When Kalhor performed, it sounded like a conversation among several instruments, with the varying timbres at times evoking the wailing pleas of disconsolate lovers.”—The New York Times
Three-time Grammy nominee Kayhan Kalhor is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancheh (Persian spiked fiddle) who through his many musical collaborations has been instrumental in popularizing Persian music in the West and is a creative force in today’s music scene. Kalhor is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, and his compositions appear on all three of the ensemble’s albums. His performances of traditional Persian music as well as his multiple collaborations have attracted audiences around the globe. He has performed as soloist with various ensembles and orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de Lyon. He was most recently featured on the soundtrack of Francis Ford Copolla’s Youth without Youth in a score on which he collaborated with Osvaldo Golijov. In 2004 Kalhor was invited by American composer John Adams to give a solo recital at Carnegie Hall as part of his Perspectives Series, and in the same year he appeared on a double bill at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, sharing the program with the Festival Orchestra performing the Mozart Requiem. Kalhor appears with Ali Bahrami Fard on santour (Persian dulcimer).