Hassan Anami, Tenor

Hassan.bioHassan Anami, born in Tabriz, Iran,  felt drawn to music from childhood but had no opportunity to get a professional musical education. When only 14 years old he learned Azeri music (traditional songs of Azerbaijan) by listening to cassettes and was soon confident that he could to sing. In 1988-89, when the the Iranian government gave permission to open private music schools, Hassan studied theory of music and solfeggio. In 1990, after hearing a concert by the three tenors, he was so amazed by classical music that he decided to study and sing operatic arias as well. He went to Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, and joined a vocal class at the Baku Musical Academy. He became a soloist of the Opera and Ballet Theatre in Baku in 2002, and was awarded the title “Merited Artist of the Azerbaijan Republic” with a President’s scholarship.  Hassan is also a winner of many vocal competitions including the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. Hassan has performed at many concerts in Toronto including his own recitals accompanied on piano by his talented wife Narmina Afandeyeva. Hassan been a chorister and soloist with the Shevchenko Musical Ensemble, and has appeared as soloist with the Toronto Mandolin Orchestra, since 2011.