TEACHING
Mr. Forough's dedication to teaching and his skill at communicating his art have earned him a reputation as one of the most sought after and most effective violin pedagogues, drawing students globally seeking admittance into his studio. Not only did he study with some of the greatest violin masters of the twentieth century, he also is one of the few last living links to the great schools of violin playing and pedagogy. At present he is a full-time tenured professor of violin at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music in Pittsburgh. He has taught at several other universities and was an Artist faculty member of the Music Institute of Chicago's Academy for the Gifted, in addition to being a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music in 2009, 2010 and 2015.

Having taught students as young as six, his college and pre-college students have received first prizes, awards, and other prizes in countless international and national competitions, including: Finalist and "Public Prize" at the Sibelius International Violin Competition, the Paganini Award at the Indianapolis International Violin Competition, Prizewinner at the Menuhin International Violin Competition, "Best Talent" at the Sarasate International Violin Competition, the Wieniawski International Violin Competition (3rd round). Other achievements have included first prizes at competitions such as the Washington International Violin Competition, the Johansen International Violin Competition, the Klein International Violin Competition, the Stulberg International Violin Competition, the Cooper International Violin Competition, Illinois Bell Young People's Concerto competition performing live with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on televised winners' concerts, and first prizes at the Fischoff International, Rembrandt, and at countless other violin and chamber music competitions.​ In addition, ever since Mr. Forough joined the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music faculty, his college students have been frequent winners of the school-wide concerto competitions and have distinguished themselves in international and national competitions, which was previously unprecedented for the school.

Numerous students have been chosen to perform on "From the Top" including at Carnegie Hall, New York, and throughout the nation broadcast on radio and television. His students have included winners of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and as Presidential Scholar. Mr. Forough’s students can be found in many international and national professional orchestras including the Royal Danish Opera Orchestra,

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(concertmaster) in Copenhagen, Denmark; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Symphony Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, Argentina, Hong Kong Symphony, the Palladians and many others. For a full list of student achievements, please see here .

Mr. Forough has been an adjudicator for competitions including the Stulberg International Competition and the Sorantin International String Competition, and conducted master classes at the aforementioned summer festivals and at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music; Northwestern University; the Cleveland Institute of Music; Beijing Central Conservatory; Shanghai Conservatory of Music; Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory of Music; Mount Royal College-Academy "Program for Gifted Youth" in residence, Calgary, Canada; the Glenn Gould School of the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music, and many others. In March 2016, Mr. Forough presented a master class and violin recital at the Moore School of Music as part of the A.I. Lack Master Class series of the University of Houston.

In summer 2016, Mr. Forough was a faculty member at the Summit Music Festival in Pleasantville, New York. He has also been a faculty member at numerous other summer music festivals such as the Cambridge International String Academy, Cambridge, Great Britain; the Northwestern University Summer Violin Institute, Evanston, Illinois; the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine; the Schlern International Music Festival in Schlern, Italy; the Killington Music Festival, Rutland, Vermont; the Meadowmount Summer School of Music, New York; the Indiana University String Academy, Bloomington, Indiana; the Chateau de Champ Music Festival, Paris, France; the International Music Academy in Pilzen, Czech Republic; the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival, Germany and numerous others.

Summer 2017 schedule

Masterclass in Bonita Springs, FL May 20, 2017
Summit Music Festival, July 29–August 13, 2017 in Purchase, NY​