Maseeh Professor in Performing Arts, Art
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
Doctorate, University of Florence, Italy
Phone: (949) 824-6615
University of California, Irvine
201 Music & Media
Mail Code: 2775
Irvine, CA 92697
Hossein Omoumi, Maseeh Professor in Persian Performing Arts, was born in Isfahan, Iran, and began his musical education singing with his father. At age 14 he began to study the ney, the traditional reed flute of Iran.
In 1962, Omoumi entered the National University of Iran to study architecture, but also played the ney in musical competitions, later entering the National Conservatory of Music in Tehran. His performance career has included appearances at many of the major festivals and concert halls in Europe and the United States, including San Francisco's World Music Festival, UCLA's Schoenberg Hall and Wadsworth Theater the Getty Center, in Los Angeles, the World Music Institute and Asia Society in New York, and Theatre de la Ville in Paris.
Omoumi is a noted scholar and teacher of Persian music, having served on the National Conservatory and Tehran University in Tehran, Center for Oriental Music Studies of Sorbonne University in Paris, UCLA in Los Angeles and the Ethnomusicology department of the University of Washington in Seattle. He is also an architect, having received his Doctorate from the University of Florence, Italy.
His research on the making of the ney and percussion opened new possibilities and introduced significant innovations to the ney, tombak and daf.