The Kennedy Center

Ali Yazdanfar


Bassist Ali Yazdanfar is equally at ease in the orchestra, performing solo or chamber music, as he is while teaching. In the NSO since 1998, he was a member of the Houston Symphony, principal bass of the Montreal Symphony, and has appeared as principal bass with the San Francisco Symphony and the National Arts Center.

Mr. Yazdanfar met the bass at a young age in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, later studying with Boris Blumenkrantz. In 1996, he received a B.A. in physics at The Johns Hopkins University, earning Phi Beta Kappa distinction and the Kerr Memorial Prize for the top senior in physics. Meanwhile, he joined the orchestra and repertory classes at the Peabody Conservatory, studying with Paul Johnson. Other teachers have included Paul Ellison, Hal Robinson, and Francois Rabbath.

Mr. Yazdanfar has a wide range of interests, thereby devoting much of his time to musical pursuits outside the orchestra. With the violist Karine Rousseau, he co-founded the Ensemble Ulysse, a chamber music group in residence at the Georgetown Lutheran Church. He has given recitals in Montreal, Baltimore, Washington, and Houston, and was the top American prizewinner in the 2005 ISB solo competition.In 2006, he participated in a 75th birthday concert for Francois Rabbath, performing solo and in groups. Finally, he has presented master classes at, among other places, McGill University, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Curtis Institute. Currently on the faculties of Le Domaine Forget, the National Orchestral Institute, Catholic University, and the University of Maryland, he obtained in 2007 teaching and performance diplomas from L’Institut International Francois Rabbath.

October 2007
Ali Yazdanfar