Qolamhossein Bigjekhani

Musical Artist

1918 – 1987


Who was Qolamhossein Bigjekhani?

Qolamhossein Bigjekhani, also Qolam-Hossein Bigjeh-Khani, was an Iranian musician and tar player. He was born in Tabriz.

He was an idiosyncractic stylist and though he collaborated vastly with Tabriz Radio and Television Corporation, his style differs with that known as 'radio style". He was nourished by both Persian and culture and art.

His art of tar playing is characterized by:

- extreme transparency and a detailed approach to moulding the musical phrases;

- fast speed in fingering and plucking;

- cultivated taste in balancing avazes and zarbis;

- even tremolos and both hand vibrations;

- fine sound making even from low quality instruments;

- using Azerbaijani zarbis in his performances;

- using dayereh as an accompanying instrument;

- fast plucking and various systems of plucking.

He learned tar from his father, Hossein Qoli Bigjeh-Khani.

He had left a number of recordings mostly in Persian Dastgah music. He collaborated mainly with his old friend and Dayereh player M. Farnam. He also accompanied Mohammad-Reza Shajarian.


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  • Iran
Apr 13, 1987

on July 23, 2013