Musician and conductor
Kambiz Roshan Ravan was born in Tehran on June 9th 1949 Tehran – Iran. Graduated from the National Conservatory of Music, received a B.A degree from Tehran University Collage of Fine Arts, M.M degree in Music Composition from the University of Southern California (U.S.C) and also received the First Grade Artistic Certificate from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
As a composer Roshan Ravan has written many compositions including, music for children and young adults, chamber and symphonic music, folk and traditional based music for various ensembles, as well as film scores and music for educational purposes.
Notably, he has established a new national tonal music style with harmony using quarter and microtone intervals. In his orchestration, he combines Iranian traditional instruments and style with western instruments and techniques. Most of his music have been performed and recorded with him as the conductor. So far more than thirty five of his compositions have been published through CDs, Cassette Tapes and LP Records form.
His compositions are among the so called National Iranian Music.
A review of the works
Among his vast output of music some could be mentioned: Falak ol Aflak Symphony, Elegy of Bloody Friday, Concerto for Flute & String Orchestra, Segah for 20 solo string instruments, Memory of a Friend, Bacchanalian Verse, Hearts Hideout, Mirror in Mirror, The Red Apple of Sun, Flower of Thousand Spring, Land of Persia, Good News of Rain and Ascension Symphonic Poem for symphony orchestra, Iranian instruments, singer and reciters. His composition Ascension Symphonic Poem was premiered by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Iradj Sahbaei in Royal Festival Hall on Feb.2003, London – England. His Hameh Iranam Symphonic Poem for symphony orchestra, Iranian instruments and singer was premiered by Vancouver Opera Orchestra conducted by Shahdad Rohani and Alireza Ghorbani az singer, in Queen Elizabeth Hall on January 2018, Vancouver –Canada. And the year after performed and recorded in Moscow, Russia.
Roshan Ravan has received many awards for his compositions including: first departmental composition award for Elegy of Bloody Friday from the University of Southern California (U.S.C), 1980, best film music soundtracks for movies : Doleto, Chrysanthemum, Birth of a Butterfly, Victorious Warrior, Prisoner 707 and Eternal Kids.
He was also awarded for the best symphonic composition Falak ol Aflak on the theme of Iran–Iraq war.
Roshan Ravan has published many articles about different aspects of music in Iranian journal and periodicals. He has written the following books: Instrumentation and Orchestration of Iranian Music, Applied Harmony, performing techniques of film music. So far four of his musical scores: Falak-ol- Aflak Symphony, Ascension Symphonic poem, Yadegare Doost and Concerto for Flute & String Orchestra have been published.
In 1993 and 1995 Roshan Ravan was sent to Spain and South Korea, respectively to attend the General assembly of International Music Council (IMC). With cooperation of Asia/Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO (ACCU) in Japan, he introduced an Iranian traditional instrument (Tombak ) in the Video of Musical Instruments of Asia and Pacific which was published in the spring of 1995.
He has given numerous lectures about different aspects of music in universities, research centers and artistic and cultural institutes such as: Middle East Study Association (MESA) Dec 1999 Washington D.C. U.S.A. School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) London University Feb, 2003 London, England. Management Faculty, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran. Andisheh Cultural Center, Sep, 2003, Tehran, Iran. University of Medical Science, may, 2003 Esfahan, Iran and Shiraz University June, 2004 Shiraz, Iran. He is the only Iranian film composer who has been elected by the British Film Institute and being introduced in the book “World of the Cinema “(Dairy of a Day), published in 1995. He has been invited and participated in numerous Iranian Music Festivals and events in capacity of juror. He has participated in two training courses on music copyright in Kualalumpor and Tokyo in November and December of the year 2004. He has been director of the 22nd, 23rd and 24th Fadjr International Music Festivals from 2006 to 2008.
His music have been widely performed and heard in Iran and around the world.