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* The New World Symphony, performed the U.S. premiere of Behzad Ranjbaran's "Awakening" in Miami, Florida on Septmebr 15, 2007, conducted by Joel Smirnoff. "Awakening" was commissioned and premiered by International Sejong Soloists in Korea's Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in 2005. "Awakening" for String Orchestra, a reflection of war and peace is in one movement. The main five-note motif of "Awakening" is used to construct an "Arc de Triomphe" in music, visually crating a symbolic gesture to represent the triumph of peace over conflict.

* Paul Tobias performed Ranjbaran's Cello Concerto with Mansfield Symphony with Conductor Robert Frantz, on September 29, 2007 in Mansfield, Ohio. Paul Tobias premiered Ranjbaran's cello concerto and recorded it with Virginia Symphony in 2000.

* Renée Fleming performed "Songs of Eternity" on March 6, 2007 at Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's Gala concert. "Songs of Eternity" was written for Renée Fleming and was premiered by her with the Seattle Symphony under the baton of Gerard Schwarz in 2002.

* "Isfahan" was premiered by Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble on March 23, 25, 2007, in Philadelphia. It was commissioned in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the ensemble.

* Seven Passages, part of Persian Trilogy, was performed on November & December 2006 by Buffalo Philharmonic and Reading Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Franz.

* Paul Tobias performs Ranjbaran's Elegy for cello & piano on a faculty recital in Mannes College in New York. Elegy is the second movement of Ranjbaran's Cello Concerto which Mr. Tobias originally commissioned and recorded in 2000. The recital was scheduled for October 11, 2006. 

* Shiraz, for violin, cello and piano was premiered in New York City from August 31 through September 3, 2006. Commissioned by Bargemusic to inaugurate its new season, the new work was inspired by the city of Shiraz, famous for its poets, jasmine, rose gardens and wine. Shiraz was premiered by Mark Peskanov, violin, Edward Aaron, cello, and Olga Vinokur, piano.

* Allan Kay and the American Dream Chamber Players premiered Ranjbaran's Elegy for clarinet, English horn, harp and strings in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on June 4, 2006.

* William Harvey and the Juilliard Orchestra under the direction of Gerard Schwarz performed the New York premiere of Ranjbaran's violin Concerto in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on April 10, 2006. Ranjbaran's violin concerto was selected by the violin faculty at the Juilliard School as the 2006 violin concerto competition for the school's Centennial Celebration. READ RANJBARAN'S INTERVIEW IN JUILLIARD JOURNAL.

* On September 17, 2005, Yo-Yo Ma performed Ranjbaran's Elegy for Cello and Orchestra (Second movement of his Cello Concerto) at the Buffalo Philharmonic's opening night gala with JoAnn Falletta conducting.

* Chantal Juillet and the Philadelphia Orchestra, under the baton of Charles Dutoit, performed the Ranjbaran's Violin Concerto in Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) on August 20, 2005.

* Ranjbaran's Piano Quintet received its world premiere on August 14, 2005. This work was written on a commission from Saratoga Chamber Music Festival as part of his summer residency with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, New York.

* The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit premiered "Saratoga", Ranjbaran's new orchestral work, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of SPAC on August 10, 2005.

* On August 5, 2005, International Sejong Soloists gave the world premiere of Ranjbaran's commissioned string orchestra piece, "Awakening", at the opening concert of the Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea. On August 3rd, 2005, an excerpt of the piece was performed in the Demilitarized Zone as part of a peace festival. This event was broadcast by the Korean Broadcast Corporation.

* On July 29 and 31, 2005, Cantieri Internazionale D'Arte in Montepulciano, Italy, offered the Italian premiere of Ranjbaran's "Dance of Life" and "Open Secret".

* On March 31, 2005, Joshua Bell gave the American premiere of Ranjbaran's Violin Voncerto with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mario Venzago. The following week, Joshua Bell performed the Canadian premiere of the concerto with the Toronto Symphony conducted by Peter Oundjian.

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