Setar : Daryoush Talai
Dariush Tala'i began learning from the great masters of traditional Persian music at the age of 11. He had the privilege of studying under masters such as Ali-Akbar Shahnazi (son of Aqa Hoseyn-Qoli), Nur-Ali Borumand, Yusef Forutan, Sa'id Hormozi and Abdollah Davami. From 1971 to 1979 he directed the National Radio and Television Ensemble of Persia. In 1975, he received his bachelor degree in the arts from the University of Tehran. In 1979, he moved to France, where he continued his study in musicology.
He has taught classical Persian music at the University of Tehran, the University of Washington in Seattle, as well as at the Sorbonne's Centre for Oriental Music Studies, and the Tehran School of Arts. He has given numerous concerts since 1974, throughout Europe and the United States.