Mansour, an Iranian Ismaili, is a skilled musician who has been living in the United Kingdom for thirty years. He is qualified as a music conductor and also teaches and writes music. Over the years living and working in the UK, he has taught students from almost every nationality. His interest in music goes back to his childhood when he was living in Iran. He started learning Western classical music and developed his interest in this field. In his work, he has been using Western classic which has got, as he says, a touch of Iranian music. From his experiences over years, Mansour believes that music is a “source of harmony which can build the bridge for people to reach one another.”
Marjan Esmaili of the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London caught up with her compatriot, and conducted an interview to know more about Mansour’s work and his experiences of living and working in a multicultural environment such as the UK. An abbreviated version of the interview was published in New Londoners recently. At Voices’ request, Ms. Esmaili met with Mansour once again and the interview published below incorporates both the original unabbreviated interview as well as questions that were not covered by that (first) interview.