Paula: What inspired you to start playing the santour and how long have you been playing the instrument?Kiu Haghighi: The beauty and the excitement of the sound interested me in learning to play this challenging instrument. I began my lifetime study of the santour at the age of ten. Paula: What sort of formal training do you have on the instrument? Kiu: I was self-taught as there were very few santour players during my youth. But I was fortunate to be blessed with perfect pitch and I learned to read music and studied the classical radifs with the head of a classical orchestra where I performed as a santour soloist. Paula: What are some of the biggest challenges the santour poses to the musician? Kiu: A. Keeping the 88 strings in tune.
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