Hello everyone, for this week’s artistic bio, I’m happy to announce an unexpected surprise. This year Tirgan has invited Professor Ramiz Guliyev and Mr. Maziar Heidari for an incredible performance. For those of you familiar with Ramiz Guliyev’s work, it is sure to raise feelings of Nostalgia. And so, the performance is appropriately named “Nostalgia.”
If you haven’t heard his music, here is a taste of his style of music:
Prof. Ramiz Guliyev was born in 1947 in Azerbaijan. In 1969 he graduated from the Azerbaijan State Conservatory (now Music Academy) named after Uzeyir Hadjibeyli with golden medal.
In 1974 he won the 1st prize at the Transcaucasian Competition of national instrument players and 5th All-Union Competition in Moscow, among 1200 participants. Since then he has been in great demand as a soloist and tar player (tar–Azerbaijan national instrument).
Ramiz Guliyev has given concerts in Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, USA, Canada, Denmark, France, England, Israel, Poland, Russia, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tunis and also many African and Asian countries.
Ramiz Guliyev has performed around the world with the orchestras such as the Trondheim symphony orchestra (Norway), Bern Chamber Orchestra “La Strimpellata” (Switzerland), Podlasie Opera and Philarmonic Orchestra, Lublin and Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestras (Poland), Moldova Philharmonic and State TV Radio Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Academic State Orchestra of National Instruments of the Russia Broadcasting Company, Bandstand Symphony Orchestra of Russia, State Academic orchestra of the Russian national instruments named after N. Osipov, Novosibirsk and Kaliningrad Philharmonic Orchestras, Belarusian State Academic Symphony Orchestra and State Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan. He collaborated with many famous conductors –D.Klayner (Germany), G. Mustu (Moldova), N.Nekrasov, A.Mikhailov, V.Andropov (Russia), V.Hagnazarov (Uzbekistan), Niyazi, R.Abdullayev, R.Melik-Aslanov, Y.Adigezalov (Azerbaijan) and others.
He has participated in several prestigious festivals, among them 3rd Samarkand International Music Festival-Simposium (Uzbekistan, 1987); International Festival of Folklore Music (USA,1988), where he has been awarded with the “ Special Prize of UNESCO for the high skill of performance”; Annually International Music Festival “Great Silk Road” in Japan (1989) – during the 40 days of this festival Guliyev toured 30 cities of Japan ; Lutzern International Music Festival (Switzerland, 1999), Stavanger Music Festival (2003, Norway), International Festival of National Music (Yerusalem, 1999),” Fader Music Festival” (Iran, 2003-2007), etc. In March of 1997 Guliyev performed at the concerts dedicated to the 70th jubilee of outstanding cellist and conductor M. Rostropovitch in Baku. After the concerts maestro Rostropovitch invited him to take part in the Anniversary Gala-Concert at the Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory.
Besides the performing activity, professor Ramiz Guliyev has dedicated much of his time and energy to pedagogical work at the Baku Music Academy (He started teaching in 1962).
Maziar Heidari, a Juno Award judge, holds a Masters Degree in Conducting from the University of Toronto. He works as an Assistant Conductor for the Hart House Orchestra, as a pianist for Orchestra Toronto, as Music Director and Conductor for the ICOT Symphony Orchestra and as a freelance educator, pianist, composer and conductor in Canada. Maziar Heidari began his musical studies at the age of five, with one of Iran’s most famous piano professors, Ardeshir Rohani. He completed composition lessons with Farhad Fakhreddini (a well-known Iranian composer and conductor). In 2003, Maziar was admitted to the Art University of Tehran where he studied with well-known Iranian musicians such as Ahmad Pejman, Sharif Lotfi, Hossein Dehlavi, Mostafa Pourtorab, Siavash Beizaii, as well as Tolib Shakhid, from the Moscow Conservatoire, and Khayyam Mirzazade from Azerbaijan State Conservatoire.
He was a piano and orchestration tutor for the Art University of Tehran for six years. Maziar served as Composer, Assistant Conductor and pianist for the Iran National Music Orchestra for more than 10 years.
He is a professional member of the Canadian League of Composers (affiliate composer) as well as SOCAN and the Canadian Music Centre (associate composer). He is also one of the co-founders of Iranian- Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT).