Dr. Mehran Tebyani has amassed extensive experience in the fields of Music education, orchestral conducting, composition, lecturing, and leadership consultancy. He holds a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Classical Composition and Master of Music (M.M.) in Orchestra Conducting from California State University, Northridge, and his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.
A passionate ensemble builder, Mehran founded the Eshragh Chamber Orchestra and Chorus in Iran when he was 22 years old. He served as the ensemble’s music director and over the course of 5 years led several successful performances and tours, pulling together 95 musicians in Iran, at a time when public performance and expression were being largely curtailed. For the following nine years, he led the Music department at the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education – BIHE in Iran as both Music Department Chair and Music Instructor from 2001, where he taught courses in composition, maintained a Piano studio, and directed the Choral ensembles.
In addition to his work as a Music Director, Mehran, as a composer of contemporary Iranian music, seeks to embody the rich Iranian culture, and his music strives to express the unique creativity and innovation of the Iranian people. His choral compositions fuse the folk-style singing of the Iranian people with classical choral style resulting in an evocative musical vocabulary that blends diverse cultural influences.
Through his conducting and compositions, Dr. Tebyani is providing positive exposure to Iranian genres and styles within the context of classical structures and performance traditions. Iranian music in this context has been largely unavailable to contemporary Western ears. Dr. Tebyani’s work in this regard is trailblazing, providing him with a unique platform as a composer, performer, and organizer within the classical music culture of Los Angeles. Since 2016 Dr. Tebyani has been a regular contributor to KIRN 670 AM Radio’s “Music; yesterday and today” giving biweekly music appreciation analyses, listening guides, and opinions on a diverse range of musical genres such as symphonic, popular, traditional Iranian, and folk.
Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2010, Dr. Tebyani founded and launched the Beverly Hills Conservatory and the New Direction Composers Symphony Orchestra and Double Choir at CSUN University in 2013. Presently, Dr. Tebyani is the Principal Music Director of the Beverly Hills Philharmonic Orchestra – BH Phil, an ensemble dedicated to providing expansive and interactive musical experiences to the diverse tapestry of Los Angeles communities through concerts, education, and outreach.
Internationally, Dr. Mehran Tebyani is the first Iranian conductor who has obtained academic degrees in Orchestra Conducting and Organizational Leadership from universities at masters and doctoral levels.