Ostad Saeed Hormozi
The great master of setar and Persian radif repertoire
by Peyman Nasehpour
A very great master of Persian setar and instrumental radif repertoire, Ostad Saeed Hormozi was born in 1897, in one of the old regions of Tehran, called Sangalaj. The very great master of tar, setar, and radif, Ostad Darvish Khan, was used to award his top and prominent students the medal of the "Golden hatchet". Hormozi was one of those rare students who received Darvish Khan's medal.
In 1928, Hormozi founded a music school on Shapour street in Tehran. Later, as one of the important masters of music, he cooperated with the "Center for preservation and propagation of Persian music". On December 27, 1976, while teaching at the center, he slipped into a coma and died the same night.
Ostad Hormozi trained some students including Mohammad Reza Lotfi, Dariush Talai, Hossein Alizadeh, Ata Janguk, Ata Omivar, and Mehrbanu Tofigh. Nasrollah Nasehpour was a close friend of Ostad Saeed Hormozi who learned many points of the radif repertoire from him.
Remark. The picture of Ostad Hormozi on setar is courtesy of Dr. Ata Omidvar (1946-2022), an Architect, filmmaker, painter, vocalist, and setar player. He was my father's friend.