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Iranian maestro declines French honour

November 30, 2014 by norman lebrecht

4 comments.


Iranian state media are reporting that the eminent composer and tar virtuoso Hossein Alizadeh has turned down the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Alizadeh, 63, a three-times Grammy winner, said it was his principle not to accept titles. ‘The art-loving people and my dear compatriots have bestowed upon me the highest honour many times,’ he said.

 

Hossein Alizadeh-refuse-French medal


Comments (4)

  1. David Pickett says:

    “Il ne suffit pas de refuser la Légion d’Honneur ; encore faut-il ne pas la mériter!” (Erik Satie)

    1. norman lebrecht says:

      ah, c’est merveilleux!

    2. Mike Schachter says:

      Wonderful!

  2. Laurence Mintz says:

    Yes, except Satie said that of the infinitely greater Maurice Ravel.


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