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DR. SHAHKAR BINESHPAJOOH

Poet, Music Composer, University Lecturer, and Singer.

Shahkar Bineshpajooh was born in Tehran, Iran.

Even before Shahkar’s birth, his parents had already decided to name him Shahkar, equating him to a masterpiece.

Shahkar remained the only child in the family.

When he was fifteen, he found solace in writing poetry and, eventually, in music. Without having any formal instruction, Shahkar learned to play the guitar, piano, and drums.

Shahkar studied Political Geography, Urban Planning, and Music Composition. He immersed himself into these academic fields while producing several albums of music and books of poetry.

In 2002, he received his Doctorate degree in Urban Planning with high honors. The Iranian Department of Education officially announced him to be the youngest student in the Doctorate program.

All of his hard work has been in an effort to live up to the meaning of his name. The following is a chronology of his achievements:

1994: Received his bachelor’s degree in Economic Geography. Supervised the first post-revolution Guitar Concert.
1995: Founded the first-ever Fusion Music Concert (Performance was banned).
1996: Received his master’s degree in Political Geography.
1997: Released “The Lady of Orient” album.
1998: Participated in the first as well as the last Pop Music Festival. Subsequently he was banned for five years to perform in any concert.
1999: Released the book “I do love your hands.”
2000: Produced and recorded the album “The Note (Eskenas).”
2001: Wrote numerous articles on Tehran’s Urban Planning.
2002: Was conferred his Ph.D. degree in Urban Planning.
2003: Released his book of songs “The Naderi Cafe.”
2004: Published “The Note” following four years of awaiting government release. Translated and published Pablo Neruda’s “The Eternity of a Kiss.” Conducted interviews with BBC, Daily Telegraph, Times, Reuters and others. Launched activities to have his book “The Idiotland” published, but it was banned by the Iranian government.
2005: Produced and recorded the album “Your Majesty,” which was banned by the Iranian government. Bid to have his book “I am not politicized” released, but it was also banned. Translated and released Bertolt Brecht’s selected poems under the title “Mr. Prime Minister.”
2006: Bid to release his book “The Humans Lineage,” but it was banned by the Iranian government. Released the album “Literature of another ilk” – 6 of 23 songs were permitted to be released but the rest were denied.
2007: Began recording Shahkar’s new album in Paris.
2008: Performed some pieces, such as “Sleep by My Side” and “Que Hiciste,” with Yerevan Opera Orchestra.
2009: Performed with Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra.
2010: Created and recorded new songs while in Europe.
2011: Started the recording of “Havaye Esgh” and “Hala to Khabi” with maestro Shardad Rohani for performance with Symphony Orchestra.
2012: Performed with Ukraine’s National Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra and Kiev’s Opera Orchestra.
2013: Performed in LOS ANGELES (Nokia/Microsoft Theater) with Symphony Orchestra.
2014: Performed In WASHINGTON DC (Warner Theatre – September 20th) with Symphony Orchestra
Performed in LOS ANGELES (Nokia Theatre – March 1) with Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra
Performed in NEW YORK (Queens College – October 18th)with Symphony Orchestra
Performed in SAN JOSE (Cupertino – April 12th) with Symphony Orchestra
Performed in TORONTO (Roy Thomson Hall – September 28th) with Symphony Orchestra
Performed in LONDON (Central Hall – November 22th) with Symphony Orchestra
2015: Performed in BOSTON (Berklee Performance Center – October 10th) with Symphony Orchestra
Performed in HOUSTON (Baptist University – November 7th) with Symphony Orchestra
Performed in ATLANTA (Ferst Center for the Arts – November 14th) with Symphony Orchestra
Performed in DALLAS (Eisemann Center – November 20th) with Symphony Orchestra
Performed in TORONTO (Queen Elizabeth – December 12th) with Symphony Orchestra
Performed in SAN FRANCISCO (Palace of Fine Arts – January 30th) with Symphony Orchestra
2016: Performed in NEW YORK (The Space – February 6th) with Symphony Orchestra
Performed in CHICAGO (Copernicus Center – April 2nd) with Symphony Orchestra
Performed in KOLN, Germany (Tanzbrunnen – May 7th) with Symphony Orchestra
Performed in LONDON (Lugan Hall – May 21st) with Symphony Orchestra
Performed in HAMBURG (Hamburg Philharmonie – May 28th) with Symphony Orchestra