Ali (Alexander) Rahbari (Persian: علی رهبری) is an Iranian (Persian) composer and conductor, who has worked with more than 120 European orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Born in Tehran in 1948, Rahbari studied violin and composition at the Persian National Music Conservatory
Rahabari continued his studies in composition and conducting at the Vienna Academy .
Some months after his return to Iran, in 1973 he became director of the Persian National Music Conservatory and was director of the Tehran Conservatory of Music from 1974 – 1977
In 1977 he emigrated to Europe. In the same year he won the first prize of the International Besançon Competition for Young Conductors (France).
He was invited to conduct Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and in 1980 Salzburg Easter Festival became Karajan‘s assistant.From 1988 to 1996 Rahbari was the principal conductor of the Flemish Radio Orchestra (now Brussels Philharmonic).
In 2005 he came back to Iran, and conducted Beethoven‘s Ninth Symphony in Tehran.