Born in Tehran (Iran) in 1960, I developed my love for music early on in my childhood in the musical environment of my family. I gained considerable experience through my elder brothers Dr. Keyvan Yaghmaei (violin), Kourosh Yaghmaei (santur and guitar) and Kamran Yaghmaei (guitar). The first instruments I learned to play were the guitar and the piano.
I graduated from the Tehran Music Conservatory, where I majored in percussion. I was subsequently engaged by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra as a percussionist.
I also had private tuition in composing from the well-known Persian composer Ostâd Mortezâh Hannâneh.
1984 I moved to Europe to expand my musical experience and was engaged as a percussionist in the Istanbul Opera Orchestra in Turkey.
In Germany, I completed my music studies at the Mainz Music Conservatory, where I majored in percussion.
After many years of experience with classical western music and other western musical styles, I returend to studies of traditional music of my home country and learned to play the santur, a Persian instrument.
Through intensive theoretical and practical studies of traditional Persian music I recognized that this music, by its very nature, contains all the prerequisites for developing a new expression of Persian music.
Alongside my pieces that are based on monophonic Persian music, I continuously also use various Western harmonies of different styles to express both genres, Persian and Western music, together and in a balanced way, without losing their spirit.