Dr. Peyman Nasehpour
Dr. Peyman Nasehpour is an Iranian hand drummer and mathematician.
Dr. Peyman Nasehpour, tonbak, ghaval and daf player, tabla
researcher, having PhD in mathematics and the oldest child of
maestro Nasrollah Nasehpoor (vocalist and master of radif
repertoire of Persian art music), was born in Tehran, Iran, 1974.
In his family he was acquainted with Azerbaijani and Persian art
music. After finishing the Child Music Course with Mr. Mohammad
Reza Darvishi (researcher of Persian regional music), he started
learning tonbak at the early age of nine. He was very fortunate to
be able to receive his training in tonbak (Persian goblet drum)
with the late maestro Nasser Farhangfar, in ghaval (Azerbaijani
frame drum) with maestro Latif Tahmasebi-zadeh, in daf (Kurdish
frame drum) with maestro Mirza Agha Ghosi and in theoretical old
Persian music (Ta'lif-e-Negham & Igha') with Prof. Seyyed Abdollah
He has been researching the Indian tabla since 1997.
He received his Bachelor of Science's Degree in pure mathematics
in 1997 at Mathematics Department of Shahid Beheshti University.
In the second State Student Scientific Olympiad held in 1997,
among 2836 participants, he stood in 12th place in the field of
mathematics. In 1999, he obtained his Master of Science's Degree
in commutative algebra branch of pure mathematics at Mathematics
Department of University of Tehran. His first academic paper, M-
cancellation ideals was published in 2000.
Parallel to his academic studies in Iranian universities, from
1993 till 2004, he also worked on formal logic, Wittgenstein's
philosophy of ordinary languages and theoretical old Persian music
with Professor Abdollah Anwar in Tehran, Iran.
Then in March 2006, Peyman moved to Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain to
continue his academic studies in formal languages, a branch of
theoretical computer science in Research Group in Mathematical
Liguistics at Rovira i Virgili University, but after passing the
first semester, he gave up this branch of computer science and
moved to Germany to do his PhD in pure mathematics under the
supervision of Prof. Winfried Bruns (mathematician and author of
some famous books in algebra) and defended his PhD thesis on Jan
27th, 2011. Currently he teaches mathematics and music at Iranian
universities in Tehran.
These cultural streams have combined with his academic
mathematical studies and careful thought to create a very good
He began his musical career as a soloist, an accompanist and a
teacher when he was 17. He is proud of sharing the performances
with his father and brothers as well as the other great musicians
such as maestro Habil Aliev (Azerbaijani kamancheh), maestro
Mohammad Reza Lotfi (Persian tar, setar, kamancheh and radif),
maestro Hassan Nahid (ney), Massoud Shaari (setar), Majid
Derakhshani (tar), maestro Peter Giger (Jazz drummer), Elshan
Mansurov (Azerbaijani kamancheh), Gitti Khosravi (opera singer)
and Gevorg Dabaghyan (duduk).