Nasrollah Minbashian

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Nasrollah Minbashian
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Alma mater
  • Dar al-Fonun
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Gholam Reza Minbashian (father)

Nasrollah Minbashian was born in 1885 and received musical education from his father Gholam Reza Minbashian in Dar al-Fonun. In 1898, he was 13 years old when his father took him to Saint Petersburg and enrolled him in the conservatory, while he himself followed lessons by Rimsky Korsakov. When he left Russia in 1891, he arranged for his son to stay with his teacher at the conservatory, so that Nasrollah Minbashian could continue his education privately as well. Nasrollah would stay there for seven years. In 1905, he was 20 years old and returned to Iran to teach the cello. He stayed a few years in Shiraz, but then returned to Russia in 1912 where he became the piano teacher of Princess Irina Alexandrovna Romanova, with whom he may have had a romance, before returning definitively to Iran a year later, with a heavy heart due to this impossible love. Still following in his father’s footsteps and in his father’s shadow, he entered the Cossack Brigade (Iran’s Royal Guard) with the rank of captain. He remained there until achieving the rank of brigadier general. In 1921, he became deputy-director of military music, which he combined with directing the School of Music by succeeding his father. He held these two directorships until 1935, while teaching several instruments which he mastered: the piano, the violin and the cello. He also composed several national anthems using the works of the poets Ferdowsi and Saadi. He died on 29 August 1938 at the age of 53.


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