Percia Baharloo was born in Tehran, Iran in 1968. She started to learn playing the violin
with her father, Maestro (Ostad) Mohammad Baharloo (1929 – 2007) when she was
only three years old. She completed the entire Iranian traditional program for violin at
the age of twelve. After that she further improved her skills and knowledge by studying
music with many distinguished Iranian musicians such as Ruben Tahmasian,
Emanuel Melik Aslanian (1915 – 2003), Heshmat Sanjari, Jalal Zolfonoon (1937 –
2012), Mehrdad Torabi and Fozie Majd.
Her style in playing the Iranian traditional music on the violin is a blend of Eastern
melodies and Western Classical music. Percia Baharloo is an accomplished violinist,
performing both Classical and Iranian traditional music. She selected the Piano as her
second musical instrument. She also plays an Iranian traditional string instrument
named Setar that is similar to the Lute.
In 1992 she completed her Bachelor degree in German language. She obtained
international degrees in Violin performance from Austria and England. She concluded
her Soloist program with Lukas Friederich (Stuttgart conservatory, Germany). In 2001,
she performed as a soloist with an orchestra in Stuttgart playing Beethoven’s music in
front of more than thousand audiences and received a medal of honor from the
University of Esslingen.
In a period of 12 years starting at the age of only 18, as it was not possible at the time to
have public concerts, her main focus, other than studying music, was teaching music in
the only institute in Iran with a premium rating from the Ministry of Art and Culture. She
also conducted the music programs for the Gifted and talented training center in Tehran.
From 2001 to 2011, she was living in Toronto. Performing in concerts, arranging
lectures for presenting and promoting the Iranian traditional music, writing various
articles on music published in magazines, founding the Iranian women ensemble,
founding the Iranian Chamber orchestra consisting of music teachers and students,
arranging free annual concerts for children, and performing in many charity events were
part of her activities in Canada.
In the recent years, her efforts were focused on recording a collection of 11 CDs
covering all various forms of the Iranian Traditional Music and most popular tunes and
songs as well as a few Persian violin masterpieces. These masterpieces, which are
the most technically demanding compositions in Persian music, were composed 80
years ago. However, they were not recorded before in their original form. Her goal was
to preserve the entire Persian Traditional Music heritage using all the knowledge she
gained from her father and other maestros whom she had the privilege to work with.
Since 2011, she lives in Stuttgart, Germany, with her family and continues her activities
in promoting Persian Classical Music.