Bijan Mortazavi started playing the violin at the age of three. In Tehran, he was trained by five of the most respected and well–known violinists, learning specific techniques, such as improvisation, orchestration, arrangement, and quartertone scale.
What is unique about Mortazavi’s accomplishments is his immense success outside of Iran, where he is much admired among international music circles. Indeed, Mortazavi defines much of his work in the genre of light classical, and a bridge between the Eastern and Western musical traditions. Many of his songs have been performed in different languages in several countries. The quality and variety of sound he produces from the instrument is remarkable. Today, after nearly a quarter century, Mortazavi remains as energetic and vibrant as ever and is universally recognized as one of Iran’s finest composers and violinists.
Mortazavi has 12 international best-selling records, his latest being Music and I, which was released in 2010.
Mortazavi has also performed at charity events, including most recently for the Child Foundation in 2011. On November 25, 2009, Bijan received his Fellowship (Ph.D.) from the Southampton Solent University in England. His task is the development of contemporary Middle Eastern music in an academic form in the United Kingdom and other Western countries.