Ali Haghshenas Memorial Scholarship

Dear Friend and Family

We invite you to join us for a celebration of life reunion in honor of Ali Haghshenas. We will gather to share our memories, stories, and gratitude for the life of our beloved friend and family member.

Instead of flowers, we respectfully ask you to consider making a donation to the Stas Venglevski Music Foundation, for the “Ali Scholarship”. This scholarship will help young accordionists who want to follow their passion and talent for this instrument., by providing financial aid and guidance.  This scholarship will also encourage the appreciation and preservation of the accordion as a unique and versatile musical instrument. The very same one Ali was so passionate about.    

Rubab & Varan Haghshenas

We are deeply saddened  by the loss of Ali Haghshenas, a brilliant Qarmon player and a faithful friend of the Houston Accordion Orchestra Retreat. He had a great passion for accordion music, and he delighted us with his guest performances in our 2019 and 2022 retreats. In 2022, he played the solo part in “Overture from Koroglu Opera” with the orchestra, a piece that showcased his amazing skill and cultural background. 

Ali was born in Tabriz, in Southern Azerbaijan. He discovered his love for music when he was 24 years old, and learned how to play the Qarmon, a type of accordion, by himself. He moved to the US in 2000 with his family, and made Houston his home. He once said, “Playing Qarmon is my passion and I feel like I’m breathing through my Qarmon’s bellow.” He was a member of the Fort Bend Accordion Club and a solo artist who charmed audiences throughout the Houston area.

Ali’s wife, Rubab Haghshenas, has kindly offered to create a memorial scholarship in his name, to support aspiring accordionists in our community.  Please write a note "Ali".

Thank you very much for your donation to Ali Haghshenas Memorial Scholarship. We collected total 1,640.00 for this fund. We will use for the youth program.


Zarifa Aliyeva Anjelika Dilbazi Zakiya Dilbazi

Linda Smith Fuad Ramazanov Salva Rezaie

Stanislav Venglevski Yousef Taghipoor Binh Phan

Nasser Alikhani Mohammad Abbasi Megumi Hada

Mary Radspinner Elnue Aliyev Narmina Mufidzada

Thomas R Carter Vahid Tayyar