Javid Afsari Rad

Foto: André Elbing

... primarily plays the Persian santur, as well as a number of other instruments. He studied with grand masters of Persian Santur, Parviz Meshkatian and Faramarz Payvar, before he moved to Norway in 1986.  In Oslo, he studied musicology and western classical music arrangement at the University of Oslo with, among others, Professor Kjell Skyllstad and Per Inge Godøy.

Javid’s interest in Indian classical music took him to India on a short stint, where he studied and collaborated with the Indian Bansuri Pandit, Hariprasad Chaurasia, and performed with the South Indian violin master, Lakshminarayana Subramaniam.  He has collaborated with the Balouchestani master musician Abdulrahman Surizehi, many jazz musicians, including Knut Rehires Reiersrud, Trygve Seim, and Håkon Kornstad, in Norway, and the Rembrandt Frerichs Trio in the Netherlands.  Through his compositions and musical arrangements, Javid has collaborated with renowned Persian classical vocalists Salar Aghili, Alireza Ghorbani, Mohammad Motamedi, and Vahid Taj, producing albums and concert tours.

Javid has been awarded many prestigious prizes, recognitions, grants, and commissions, including the Norwegian Radio Orchestra’s Kork Prize for his compositions in 2007, and the 2017 Rolf Gammeleng Prize by the Fundation of Norwegian Performing Artists in the category of contemporary composers.

As his 2009 solo album, Afarinesh (Creation), and his 2017 santur and string quintet album, Lalezar (Tulip Garden) reveal, Javid’s style combines a hint of jazz with a unique blend of Middle-Eastern, Indian, and classical Western music.