Farhad Badalbeyli

Farhad Badalbeyli was born in Baku in 1947, in the family of outstanding Azerbaijan producer and actor Shamsi Badalbeyli.

1969 - graduated from Azerbaijan State Conservatoire (Classes of Professor M. Brenner).

1969-71 - Post-graduate studies at Moscow State Conservatoire (Classes of Professor Bella Davidovich). He became famous after International competitions: Smetana competition in Czechoslovakia (1967, III Premium and special prize), and Vian da Motta competition in Portugal (1968, I Premium).

At the moment Farhad Badalbeyli carries on dynamic concert activity. His concert tours are Bulgaria and Greece, Denmark and Israel, Italy and Turkey, Norway and Japan, all over the world.

His 2-nd area of activity is organizational and enlightening one. He was 1-st Deputy chairman of Azerbaijan musical society within 1986-1989. He initiated creation of Union of Azerbaijan music figures. He chairs it starting from 1989. He became a member of the foundation "Friends of Azerbaijan Culture" in 1995. 1971 started to teach at Azerbaijan State Conservatoire.

1976 - Assistant professor, 1983 - Professor
1991 - Rector of Azerbaijan State Conservatoire, later Baku Musical Academy.

He is Honoured Artist of Azerbaijan (1972); People's Artist of Azerbaijan (1978); People's Artist of the USS (1990); Laureate of Azerbaijan State Premium (1986).

Theoretical and practical contribution into public activity

Outstanding pianist, public figure, enlightener, and educator Farhad Badalbeyli is remarkable in Azerbaijan culture.
The essence of his comprehensive activity is to fight for progress of native culture, to preserve its great artistic potential. Jointly with careful approach to national traditions, he considers essential to have "opened" cultural space.
It is necessary to be able flexibly compose national and international, to have productive relations with artistic schools of other countries.
He emphatically declares these ideas in his numerous articles, interviews, and statements. And moreover, he confirms it by actual practice.
Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1977
The Sea for Piano and Orchestra
3.50 stars CD
Musik Comments:
Farhad Badalbeyli - Piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Dmitry Yablonsky
2003
Shusha
3.50 stars CD
Musik Comments:
Joan Rodgers - Piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Dmitry Yablonsky