Parviz Meshkatian was born in the year 1955 in the city of Neishabour. He started his musical training at the age of six with his late father, Hassan Meshkatian. The late Meshkatian played the tar and the santur masterfully and was also familiar with the violin and the setar, having himself learned music from his father.
Meshkatian entered the conservatory of music at an early age and studied theory and technique with the masters Noor Ali Boroomand, Dariush Safvat, Mohammad Taghi Massoudieh, and Mehdi Barkeshli. He chose the Radif of Mirza Abdollah as his main topic of research. After finishing his academic studies, Meshkatian continued the study of music with such masters as the late Abdollah Davami, Saied Hormozi, and Yousef forootan. He has won the first prize of Barbad competition in the field of santur. Meshkatian taught santur at the Center for the Preservation and Dissemination of Music where he also served as ensemble leader.
Meshkatian was one of the founding members of the Aref Ensemble, founded in 1977. He was also one of the founding members of the Chavosh Artistic and Cultural Foundation. The Chavosh foundation has played a major role in the development of Iranian music in the recent years.
Meshkatian tours Europe and Asia and regularly performs in such countries as France, Germany, England, Sweden, Netherlands, and Denmark. In the spring of 1982 he published the book titled "Twenty Pieces for Santur". In spring of 1992 Meshkatian and Aref Ensemble won the first prize of the Spirit of the Earth Festival in England. Meshkatian's Collaboration with Mohammad Reza Shajarian in the past fifteen years has produced some of the most beautiful recordings of contemporary classical music of Iran. While continuing his work as a composer and a researcher, Meshkatian is currently teaching music at the Tehran University.