Born in Tehran, Mehrdad Baran started playing the Cello at an early age at the conservatory superior of Tehran under Micheal Khodsief. He consequently joined the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, as the youngest player in the Orchestra. He went on to continue his musical studies in the USA, and successfully obtained his bachelor of music in Cello from the University of Missouri, as well as winning the Grand Prize of the MMTA contest in Cello. He also obtained his master of music in Cello and conducting from the Catholic University in Washington DC, and a Master of music in Cello under Janosh Starker from Indiana University, where he also studied composition under Juan Orrego–Salas. Mehrdad Baran then moved to France in 1985, where he obtained the "Prix d'Exellence and prix de Virtuosité" in 1986 - 87 from the Conservatoire Rueil-Malmaison. At the same time he attend Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris in conducting with a full scholarship. Mr. Baran was finalist in conducting competition of the European Mater Players in Lugano, Switzerland. During this period, he performed in many orchestras , ensembles and festivals as a cellist and conductor, such as Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre de l'iIle de France, Volksoper Vienna, Banlieue Bleue. He was also a cello professor and choir conductor in 3 conservatoires in Paris from 1987–2013.