Hidayat Inayat-Khan (b. London, England, 6 August 1917, d. Munich, September 12, 2016) a classical composer, conductor and Former Representative-General of the International Sufi Movement, was the son of the Sufi Master Hazrat Inayat Khan and Pirani Ameena Begum. His western musical education began in Paris in 1932 at the L'Ecole Normale de Musique, in the violin class of Bernard Sinsheimer; the composition class of Nadia Boulanger; and the orchestra class of Diran Alexanian. Later, he attended chamber music courses given by the Lener Quartet in Budapest.
The Lener String Quartet
The ensemble was founded in Budapest in 1922. This image signed on 11 April 1940 by all 4 members Jeno Lener, Jozsef Smilowits, Sándor Roth, & Imre Hartmann.
In 1942 Hidayat Inayat-Khan became Professor of music at the Lycee Musical de Dieulefit, France, and later, in Holland, joined the orchestra of Haarlem as violinist.
He followed the courses of orchestra conducting by Toon Verhey. In 1952 Hidayat Inayat-Khan conducted the orchestra of ‘s-Hertogenbosch for the world wide broadcasting of his Poéme en Fa for orchestra and piano.
On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s centenary, on 21 November 1969, the Gandhi Symphony was played in a special concert organized by UNESCO in Holland. This was repeated in 1971 during a broadcasting of "The voice of America", as well as on the United Nations Radio in the USA and was later recorded by the US Armed Forces Radio Stations in a worldwide Carmen Dragon show. On 15 October 1971 the Virginia Symphonic Poem was played in honor of the Bicentennial of America. On Bavarian Radio La Monotonia was played in a Composer’s Portrait in 1972 and The Message Symphony was played in 1977. In October 2006, the first concert completely featuring the composer's music was presented during a week-long celebration of Hidayat Inayat-Khan's work
Carmen Dragon, c1971
Suresnes, Christmas 2009
In the same year, Hidayat founded his first chamber music orchestra ensemble. Performance highlights in Hidayat Inayat Khan’s professional life include the playing, on 4 May 1957, of his Zikar Symphony at Salle Pleyel, Paris, conducted by George Pretre, in a Pasdeloup concert.
On 15 and 16 February, 2002, the Suite Symphonic and La Monotonia, Op. 7 for Orchestra were performed by the Symphonisches Orchester München-Andechs with Andreas Pascal Heinzmann conducting in Munich, Germany. On 5 May, 2007, the Royal Legend Symphonic Poem (op. 46) received it’s world premiere in Munich. It has also been performed by the Zorneding-Baldham Orchestra with Andreas Pascal Heinzmann conducting.
in Vancouver, Canada. As well as pieces for piano, viola and tambura, Andreas Pascal Heinzmann conducted the Vancouver Opera Orchestra in performances of Poeme en Fa, op. 46, Suite Symphonique, op. 7 and Royal Legend Symphonic Poem, op. 46. Hidayat Inayat-Khan has composed numerous works, among them Concerto for strings Op 38, Quartet for Strings Op. 45, The Message Symphony and a number of choral pieces including Chanson Exotique, Awake for Morning and a collection of Sufi hymns.
He was a founding member of the European Composers' Union and his music has frequently been broadcast internationally. Many of his compositions are now available on CD. Hidayat Inayat Khan’s research in music could be described as a cross-point between eastern monophony and western polyphony; respecting western harmonic structures while also expressing the inspiring flavour of eastern ragas.
Andreas Heinzmann and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, 2006