Qmars Piraglu was born in 1960 in Tehran. He started to play the Orff instruments in children’s library called ‘The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults’, north of Tehran when he was five years old. After playing the Orff instruments for seven years and giving many concerts, Qmars chose to play the santūr (Persian hammer dulcimer). After three years studying with Miss. Farzāneh Noshād (student at “Persian traditional music conservatory” in Tehran), and a short period with Minā Oftādeh (educated santūr player from Traditional Music Conservatory-Tehran), he was accepted in the master class of Farāmarz Pāyvar (one of most well known and great Iranian composer/master of the santūr in the history of Persian music) and studied with Pāyvar for eight years. At the same time, Qmars studied the piano with Taher Djalili, educated pianist of Tehran conservatory, who lives in Paris. Qmars studied also the bassoon with Khosrow Soltāni for a year, who lives in Austria and plays the bassoon in the Vienna Radio Orchestra.
Qmars worked together with Mr. Vanko Naidanov (Bulgarian musician) at the Radio and Television (TRT) in Tehran in children department and participated in creating children music and recordings there. After revolution, Qmars, in 1985, moved to Turkey, and at the beginning of 1986 he arrived in Belgium and began his study at the music academy in Antwerp for two years under Hedwig Vanvarenberg (student of German famous pianist, Alexis Weissenberg). After three years studying the piano and getting his piano certificate, Qmars left Belgium to Sweden and settled there in 1989. In Sweden he continued his musical career, as a pianist, at the Stockholm’s Music Academy (Birkagårdens Folkhögskolan). There, he studied the piano with great master pianist, Stella Tchaikovsky (a relative to great Russian composer) for two years, and was active in giving concerts and accompanying singers in the academy, as well as singing in the school’s choir as a tenor.
Later Qmars moved to Gothenburg and continued his study in musicology and ethnomusicology at the department of musicology in Göteborg (Gothenburg) University-Sweden. He took his bachelor and graduated in 1999. To continue his study, Qmars moved to Australia in 2001 and started his masters in Ethnomusicology/Musicology at Melbourne University under Professor Cathy Falk (http://conservatorium.unimelb.edu.au/staff/cathyfalk). He got his Masters and graduated in 2002 and straight away started his Ph. D at Monash University under Professor Margaret Kartomi (http://www.monash.edu.au/research/people/profiles/profile.html?sid=27&pid=2554) and Dr. Graeme Smith (http://mdsadmin-new.monash.edu.au/cgi-bin/staffsearch/staffsearch?name=Graeme+Smith) and finished his Ph. D in December 2009.
Before he moved to his native country Iran, Qmars was teaching Persian music improvisation in Melbourne University for five years. He entered Iran and started to work in Art University in Karaj and Tehran Music Conservatory for one semester. Now he leaves in Tehran and teaches at Pars Music Institute. For more information, please look at his website on: