In addition to the Persian Trilogy and the Violin Concerto, his recent compositions and commissions include: Symphony No.1; Songs of Eternity, which was premiered by Renée Fleming and the Seattle Symphony, conducted by Gerard Schwarz; a cello concerto for Paul Tobias; Open Secret for chorus and chamber orchestra; Ballade for solo double bass for the International Society of Bassists; and Moto Perpetuo, for violin and string orchestra.
Ranjbaran's music has variously been described as "one of the most breathtaking modern story ballets" (Lisa A. DuBois, Nashville Banner, about The Blood of Seyavash), as having "qualities of inherent beauty and strong musical structure that make it a satisfying musical entity" (Henry Arnold, Nashville Scene, about The Blood of Seyavash) and as having "radiant luminescence" (Cecelia Porter, The Washington Post, for Elegy for Strings). John Farrell (Press-Telegram) said about Seven Passages that "Ranjbaran plays the colors of the orchestra with an unconscious mastery: here the entire gathering of forces on stage are at his command, and he uses that power with grace and ease." Accolades continue for the recent Songs of Eternity, which was described in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Philippa Kiraly) as "beautiful" and with "exquisite melismas (expressive passages sung on one syllable)"; and Joe Riley commented in the Liverpool Echo that the Violin Concerto is "high class, cohesive" and "when the concerto…just sings out a fine melodic line, the effect is ravishing."
Ranjbaran, born in Tehran, Iran, is the recipient of the Rudolf Nissim Award for his Violin Concerto. His musical education started early when he entered the Tehran Music Conservatory at the age of nine. He came to the United States in 1974, where he attended Indiana University and received his doctorate from the Juilliard School. He is on the faculty of The Juilliard School.
Named as "Distinguished Artist" by the New Jersey Council on the Arts, Ranjbaran's honors also include a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a grant from Meet the Composer (composer/choreographer project), and a Charles Ives Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Ranjbaran's music has been performed in Europe, South America, Asia and throughout the United States.more