Parviz Mahmoud

Parviz Mahmoud (1910 – 1996) was a Persian composer and conductor. He was the founder of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra in its modern form. His father Mahmoud Mahmoud (Pahlavi) was a famous Persian writer, researcher and politician.


Parviz studied composition at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and for a few years he was professor and director of Tehran Conservatory.

Immigration to the US

In 1959 he moved to the United States and did not continue his musical activities seriously anymore. A few years after the immigration he received his PhD from the University of Indiana. His dissertation was about the theory of Persian music and its relation to Western practice.


  • "Persian Suite" for orchestra
  • "Kurdish Fantasy" for piano and orchestra
  • "Mehregan Suite" for orchestra


  • Safai, Ebrahim. "History of Tehran Conservatory of Music", Ministry of Culture and Art Publications, Tehran, 1977.
  • Sepanta Sassan. "An Outlook to Persian Music", Mashal Publications, Tehran, 1990.
  • Akbarzadeh, Pejman. "Persian Musicians" (vol.1), Nadid Publications, Shiraz / Tehran, 2000.

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