Performers

Tar performers (Tarzen)

55Bahram Mansurov

Tar player Bahram Mashadi Suleyman bay oglu Mansurov was born on 12 February 1911. He began his professional career in 1929, performing with the Azerbaijan State Orchestra of the East and later with Azerbaijani Radio’s Traditional Instruments Orchestra. He was a soloist at the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic and accompanied mugam singers such as S. Qaryaghdi oglu, H. Sarabski and S. Shushinski. 

The scores of Bahram Mansurov’s performances of Jahargah (1970) and Rast (1978) mugams have been preserved. His renditions of the mugams Bayati-Shiraz, Humayun, Shur and Bayati-kurd were recorded for the first time with UNESCO support. At the age of 19 Bahram Mansurov was invited by Muslum Magomayev to be a tar soloist at the traditional instruments orchestra and then the State Opera and Ballet Theatre.

 On the opera stage, Bahram Mansurov worked with the stars of mugam, including Huseynqulu Sarabski, Yavar Kalantarli, Huseynaga Hajibababayov, Alovsat Sadiqov and Haqiqat Rzayeva. He attracted the likes of Rubaba Muradova, Sara Qadimova, Abulfat Aliyev, Gulkhar Hasanova, Zeynab Khanlarova, Mais Salmanov, Bakir Hashimov, Qulu Asgarov, Arif Babayev, Nazakat Mammadova and Baba Mirzayev to the theatre and worked on their performances. Bahram Mansurov is the first Azerbaijani musician whose performances of mugam were recorded by UNESCO on vinyl and CD and distributed worldwide.

 He represented Azerbaiajn at international symposiums in Samarkand in 1978 and 1983. After Sadiqjan, Bahram Mansurov was the only tar player to preserve and popularize the traditions of classical Azerbaijani mugam. His renditions of all mugams, daramads, diringa, tasnifs and rangs were notated by his son, composer Eldar Mansurov. Bahram Mansurov died on 14 May 1985.