An Austrian- Iranian music conductor
He started playing piano from age 6 and earned his B.Mus. from Tehran University of Art in 1996. Between 1988 and 1996, he was the principal pianist of Tehran Symphony Orchestra and Bahman Cultural Centre and assistant conductor of Tehran Symphony Choir and Tehran Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
Khalatbari moved to Austria in 1996 and entered Kunstuniversität Graz to study choral/orchestral conducting and graduate with honors in 2006.
Conductor of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Its controversy
Since 2016 he is the Honorary Conductor of “ Virtuosi Brunenses
Founder, Music Director and Conductor
From 2001, Khalatbari is one of the founders, music director and conductor of Kirchstetten Castle International Music Festival in northern Austria.
Exterior of Graz Opera House - Hooman khalatbari holds different positions in Graz Opera since 1999.
He has conducted the following operas:
2002 – Die Zauberflöte – Mozart
2003 – Don Giovanni – Mozart
2006 – Così fan tutte – Mozart
2007 – Die Entführung aus dem Serail – Mozart
2008 – La Cenerentola – Rossini
2012 – Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart + KUS III (Beethoven's Symphony No. 9)
2016 – Don Pasquale – Gaetano Donizetti + KUS VII (A Night in Italy)
2017 – La fille du régiment – Gaetano Donizetti + KUS VIII (A Russian Night)
2020 – (Event Cancelation Due to Covid 19)
2022 – La Cenerentola – Rossini (New Production) + KUS XII (The famous ballet Melodies)
2023 – il Turco in Italia – Rossini + KUS XII (American Night)
The world premiere of Hamid Motebassem's Simorq project; conducted by Hooman Khalatbari
Since 1999, Hooman Khalatbari has performed as a Conductor, Soloist, Chamber musician, Accompanist and coordinator in several Europa’s Cities, the USA, Canada, and Asia. His most recent performances were given as guest Conductor in Austria/ Vienna & Graz & Salzburg & Linz & Kirchstetten - Hungarian/ Budapest & Szombathely - Czech Republic/ Prague, Brno & Olomouc - Slovenian/ Maribor – France/ Paris – UK/ London - Canada/ Vancouver & Calgary and USA/ Houston, San jose, Chicago and at last in Zurich and Göteborg.
Conducting Iranian Orchestral Music
Khalatbari's conducting repertoire spans a wide spectrum of musical traditions, ranging from classical opera and symphonic, to atonal and contemporary music. Conducting the Simorq musical project, the world premiere of Hamid Motebassem with Homayoun Shajarian's vocal, is one of the brightest points in this range.
Besides being the Music Director of “Klassik Festival Schloss Kirchstetten” and Honorary Conductor of “ Virtuosi Brunenses “ Orchestra in Brno/ Czech, Hooman Khalatbari together with Sina Alam founded "Shoosh Ensemble" in 2021 and he is currently the musical director of this quartet. "Shoosh Ensemble " quartet music genre is fusion and world music.
Hooman Khalatbari also has four albums in social media:
- "Baaraan Baaraaneh" with Hossein Yousef Zamani (1993) - Violin and Piano (Kurdish Melodies)
- "Ey Vatan" with Keivan Saket (1995) - Taar and Piano
- "Caspi" with Sina Alam (2022) Kamancheh and Piano (Mazandaran and Gilan Melodies)
- "Hoor" (2023) with Sina Alam - Kamancheh and Piano (Khorasan Melodies)
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