Tania Eshaghoff Friedberg, pianist, composer was born in Tehran, Iran in 1974. She started studying piano at the age of seven with Mahdogh Monesabian (formerly Tehran Conservatory of Music) who introduced her to an improvisatory style of Persian folk melodies. These romantic melodies were the inspiration for Tania’s continued musical career and growth as a Persian woman playing music in spite of social barriers. Since 1996, Tania has been under the musical wing of Dr Edward Smaldone, Director of Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY. ”Her new album ‘A Road to Tehran’ is a synthesis of Persian and western styles.
The most significant influences in both style and substance of Tania’s music stems from the Persian tradition of the Santur (dulcimer) with its elaborate rhythmic and melodic figuration, here translated into a distinct pianistic technique. Tania has performed numerous concerts on such prestigious stages as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, The Museum of American Piano, Le Frak Concert Hall, Center of Jewish History and the Makor Center of the 92nd Street Y.
Her private audiences include diplomats, ambassadors and Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi of Iran. Her first Debut Album “A Road To Tehran” is the musical travels that extend from Tehran to the west and then back maintaining the distinct flavor of those two distinct parts of the world. It is the physical travels between the world of Iran and the modern west. This current project is a fond look back to that time and place that acknowledges a modern sensibility.
“Like all traditional folk music, this repertoire stems from deeply felt emotion, which in this case Tania has translated it into a musical surface that evokes the ancient world of Persian and the modern concert world of artists such as Javad Maroufi, Rohani, Googoosh & Yanni” – Professor Edward Smaldone, Director Copland School of Music.
“Tania’s unique gift is to bridge the separate musical landscape of traditional Iran and the modern world. Her right hand sings as she plays this music,” Anthony DeRitis, Chairman of Music, NorthEastern University
“Her music is mesmerizing and her passion contagious” Ahron Friedberg.“
The Lullaby Project took TANIA over four years to create. What drives her music is the innate need to express her identity with influences of Persian Culture. Having to leave Iran during the revolutionary war of 1980 she experienced a disconnect between who she wants to become (American- Free) and who she is suppose to be (Iranian woman- Duty and Obligations). It is her hope that this Project will begin dialogue among the very young who have a Persian background- and also introduce this style to the non- native. The arrangements were done purposefully so that it is approachable to the very young and written in a landscape and technique that is adaptable for them to understand. She fears that the Persian Traditions and language in America is dying. The hope is that hearing elements and certain styles of Persian Instrumental Folk Tunes will create an interest in the young to discover this music on their own. The goal is to keep our identity in the ever powerful melting pot of America.