Concert of Persian Music: Kayhan Kalhor and Behnam Samani

Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
plus Jul, 1314 2021

The Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies resumes its music and dance events with a concert dedicated to classical Persian music, organised in collaboration with the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. On this occasion, the musicians Kayhan Kalhor and Behnam Samani have been invited to perform at San Giorgio.


Kayhan Kalhor is a great interpreter of the kamancheh, a bowed string instrument with an end-pin. A Grammy-winning internationally renowned soloist, he is considered an ambassador of Persian art music in the world.

He is also a member of the renowned Silk Road Ensemble founded by Yo-Yo Ma, and continues to tour with the celebrated cellist as well as regularly composing for him.

He recently received the prestigious WOMEX Artist Award.


Behnam Samani plays the tombak goblet drum. In his own particular style, he combines an amazing variety of rhythms that have their roots in classical Persian music but are open to influences from other cultures, leading to a wide range of sounds, colours and expressions. A founder member of the percussion group Zarbang, Samani has played with leading Iranian musicians and has toured extensively internationally, especially with the Dastan ensemble.


The concert will be preceded by a study session on the music and aesthetics of the classical Persian tradition, organised by Giovanni De Zorzi.




We remind you that both the meeting on Tuesday 13 July, 5 pm, and the concert on Wednesday 14 July, 6 pm, will be streamed on the Youtube channel of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini.