اردشیر کامکار Ardeshir Kamkar

About Ardeshir Kamkar

About Ardeshir Kamkar

Ardeshir Kamkar was born on November 19, 1962 in Sanandaj, Iran. He commenced learning musical Theory and Violin under the supervision of his father, Hasan Kamkar, in the early stages of his life. Soon after, he became a member of the Art and Culture centre of Sanandaj as a violin and Kamanche performer. In 1980, he joined Sheyda and Aref ensembles in Tehran where he also started to accumulate a deep knowledge of the vocal and instrumental repertoire in the traditional Persian music, known as Radif, under the supervision of some of the greatest masters such as Mohammad Reza Lotfi, Pashang Kamkar, Davood Ganjeyee, Mohammad Reza Shajarian, and Asghar Bahari.
Ardeshir has always believed in the capability of Kamanche in performing complex technical pieces. In this regard, he published the Kamanche album ‘Be Yad-e-Saba’ (In Memory of Saba) in 1986, which included a selection of pieces by Abolhasan Saba, the maestro of Iranian violin. Moreover, he compiled ‘Bi Ghobar-e-Adat’, ‘Bar Tarok-e-Sepideh’, and Kamanche Concertino for the same reason.
In order to improve the technical performance of Kamanche, Kamkar tries to juxtapose the performance methods from Azerbaijani and Armenian musical academies with the ones used in the Iranian (especially in Lorestan) Mugam composition. It is also worth noting the essential role of Hooshang and Arsalan Kamkar in achieving this goal.
Ardeshir Kamkar is not only a member of the ‘Kamkars’, but has also been working toward the creation of a number of substantial projects such as The Great Kamanche Orchestra, and The National Music Ensemble. The recording and performing of pieces such as ‘Na-shakiba’ (Impatient) with Homayoun Shajarian’s vocal, as well as various performances by The Ardeshir Kamkar’s Ensemble in 2014 are all examples of such efforts. Ardeshir Kamkar is not only a member of the ‘Kamkars’, but has also been working toward the creation of a number of substantial projects such as The Great Kamanche Orchestra, and The National Music Ensemble. The recording and performing of pieces such as ‘Na-shakiba’ (Impatient) with Homayoun Shajarian’s vocal, as well as various performances by The Ardeshir Kamkar’s Ensemble in 2014 are all examples of such efforts.