Behind the Scenes: Chatting with the Co-Founder of MiFa Music and Art School - Peyman Azar

peyman playing piano
  • How old are you?

I was born in January 1980, and I’m the youngest of seven siblings in my family.

  • What first drew you to music?

When I was a child, when I listened to music, it made me dream. I loved that. Now, when I listen to music—nothing has changed. It gives me energy for life and creativity. It gives me courage. 

  • How would you define music? What does it mean to you?

Music is energy. Motivation. Music is not separate from life—music is an essential part of life.

  • What do you think makes a good musician?

Emotion over technique. Playing with the heart and soul.

  • Which musicians and composers do you most admire?

Chopin and Paganini. When I listen to these two, the sound is so huge. Something unattainable, virtuoso. As for performers, Itzhak Perlman, Augustin Hadelich, and Glenn Gould come to mind.

  • What is the most important part of teaching?

Patience is the key to teaching. After that, you need to find each student’s need for music— what needs to be developed—and then supply it. The student is first.

  • What is the most rewarding part of teaching?

It’s a good feeling to share my experience and expertise with others. Through my hard work, I try to show my students the best way to learn. At all times, my goal is to lift students to higher levels.

  • What do you wish to give to your students as their teacher?

Music is a good life. It relaxes you, teaches you discipline and patience, and is enjoyable.

  • Who were your best teachers?

I’ve had a lot of teachers, but the best ones taught me more than music. They taught me why music is so important for people and how it’s a way of life. I can refer to PEYMAN YAZDANIAN and MARC DESTRUBÉ

  • What music do you most enjoy listening to?

Classical music, of course. Jazz music, rock music. After violin and piano, electric guitar is my favourite. I’m a classical musician at heart but somewhere inside me there is a rock musician.

  • Why do you think learning visual art is beneficial?

Art is more similar to music than you might think. Playing music, images move through my mind. It’s part of the dream. Likewise, when someone makes a painting or film, it might have a soundtrack. Painting needs patience, just like music, and discipline to learn and improve.

  • What do you see for the future of Mi Fa?

Hard work has brought us to this point, and I know that hard work will bring us further along. Every day I strive for more professional results. We’ve got big plans for the development of our school and performances.