Mohammad Reza Lotfi (1947-2014) is an persian maestro of classical music playing tar and setar. He worked at the Center for the Preservation and Propagation of Traditional Persian Music, both as a soloist and a conductor. He researched folk music for Iranian National Radio and Television, and appearing at the Shiraz Arts Festival. After graduating in 1973, Lotfi joined the faculty of Fine Arts at Tehran University.
His innovative approach of combining the classical with folk elements, both in terms of music and technique, has injected a new vitality into a very old tradition.