Co-Director, Music of Persia Ensemble
Mehrdad Arabifard has an established record as a performer of Persian percussion instruments who studied with Ostad Morteza A‘yan and Ostad Amir-Nasser Eftetah. For over thirty-five years he has made a successful living playing the tombak, daf, kamanche and violin.
Arabifard has received numerous awards for his work from prestigious institutes such as Daytona Symphony Society, The University of Borneo, The City of Madrid, and The City of Nicosia in Cypress. He was also awarded the prestigious “Master Musician Fellowship” in 2006 from the Durfee Foundation in Los Angeles.
Arabifard has recorded more than 30 music albums as a performer, composer and arranger. The highlights of this collection are his recordings with prominent master musicians Hassan Kasaie and Jalil Shahnaz, with whom he appeared in many concerts as well. Arabifard has also recorded music for the soundtrack of several Hollywood films, including The Passion of the Christ, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2004, Hidalgo, Helen of Troy, and Jack Reacher 2: Never Go Back.