Alexander Rahbari was born in 1948 in Tehran - Persia, Alexander (Ali) Rahbari was trained in Vienna as a pupil of Gottfried von Einem, Hans Swarowsky and Karl Osterreicher. On his return to Persia, only 24 Years old, he was appointed director of the Teheran Conservatory of Music and took a leading position in the cultural development of his country. Early in his conducting career Rahbari was the recipient of several major awards. In 1977 he won the prestigious Gold Medal at the Concours International de Jeunes Chefs D'Orchestre (The International Contest of Young Conductors) in Besancon, France following a Silver Medal at the Geneva Conductor's Competition.

Noticed by the legendary Herbert von Karajan, Rahbari was invited by him to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. As the result his career has blossomed and to date he has conducted more than 120 orchestras around the world working in most renowned opera houses, national and international scenes such as "Orchestre de la Suisse Romande", "Orchestre National de France", "Budapest Symphony Orchestra", "Czech Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra", "NHK Tokyo, Rotterdam Philharmonic", "Stockholm Philharmonic", "Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra", "New Zealand Symphony Orchestra", and the "English National Opera". He is married to a violinist from Croatia, and is father of five children. He is also the avid designer of his charming home outside of Vienna.

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