Azerbaycan Milli Konservatuvarı
About the Conservatory
Azerbaijan National Conservatory, established under the Decree signed in 2000 by the national leader Heydar Aliyev, is one of the first higher education institutions to start operating in the years of independence.
The main objective of Azerbaijan National Conservatory is to train skilled professionals for the advancement of the national music, as well as studying, and promoting it. Organizing higher music education on a scientific basis, linking education to science and practice are our most important and urgent tasks. Our ultimate goal is to shape students’ professional image and present them to the public as expert musicians.
Composer Prof. Siyavush Ashraf oghlu Karimi, who is the recipient of the title of ‘People’s Artist' as well as the ‘Order of Glory', is the rector of Azerbaijan National Conservatory.
Professional teaching staff at Azerbaijan National Conservatory consists of prominent performers of folk instruments, singers, professional conductors, well-known musicologists, composers and many scholars who specialize in various fields of social science. More than one hundred fifty (150) professors work at the Conservatory that boast of holding various scientific and honorary titles including 20 People’s Artists, 13 Honored Art Workers, 27 Honored Artists and 13 Honored Teachers of Azerbaijan.
Teaching and disciplines
The Conservatory provides three levels of degrees: Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees. As with all higher institutions, the ANC implements the Bologna process. Educational issues and questions relating to teaching and sciencific research are discussed at the meetings of the Scientific Council, and a collegial decision is made. Prof. Malik Guliyev, vice-rector on Educational Affairs is the head of Education at the conservatory. Following disciplines are taught at the Conservatory: folk instruments; solo singing (khananda); solo singing (national vocal); Conducting (on folk instruments); composing music; music studies; Art of Estrada; Teaching Music.
Faculty of Performing Arts
The Faculty of Performing Arts is composed of departments such as "Solo singing” (khananda), "Instrumental mugham", "Folk instruments", "General fortepiano", "Music history and theory", "Orchestration and conducting of folk instruments", "National vocal" and "Social sciences". Faculty of Performing Arts students who study folk, national wind and percussion instruments and solo singing (khananda) learn how to play tar, kamancheh, canun, balaban and piano as well mastering the secrets of the art of khananda.
Associate Professor Leyla Guliyeva serves as the dean of the faculty.
Scientific and scientific-methodical works conducted by the departments, activities of two scientific laboratories, publication of the scientific journal "Conservatory", Bachelor's degree students’ theses and dissertations of Masters, Candidate and PhD students, organization of international conferences and symposiums, seminars and roundtables held within the conservatiory make up the bulk of the scientific activity at Azerbaijan National Conservatory.
Vice-rector for Scientific Research, musicologist Prof. Lala Huseynova heads this department.
Two laboratories operate within the ANC: "Exploration of National Music" and "Improvement of National musical instruments" laboratories. Laboratories seek to address urgent problems relating to the national music, national instruments, music history and theory, develop new ideas and proposals; update scientific-methodical practice; attend various conferences and symposiums and write scientific papers.
“Exploration of national music” scientific research laboratory was launched in 2003. A great deal of work has been undertaken by the laboratory since then. The laboratory has made considerable contributions to studying and researching the national music, and published several scientific papers in the local press. Libraries across the country have been very effective in providing the employees of the laboratory with valuable knowledge, and the school administration has established very favorable conditions for the employees and supplied the laboratory with necessary technical equipment. Abbasgulu Najafzadeh, who has a doctoral degree in fine arts, is in charge of the laboratory.
"Improvement of National musical instruments” scientific research laboratory was established in 2003. Laboratory focuses on improving the national musical instruments as well as inventing new ones. However, the most important goal is the restoration of our ancient folk instruments, creation of new genres and their application to performing and teaching. Improvement of tar, kamancheh, canun, restoration of chang , creation of bass and tenor types of balaban, invention of bass tar and others are among the accomplishments of the laboratory. The laboratory is headed by Mammadali Mireli oghlu Mammadov.
The Department of International Relations has been operating ever since the conservatory was founded. Department established closed ties with the similar institutions at all higher education centers across the country. It also cooperates with all the embassies accredited in the country.
Folk instruments Orchestras
Two folk instruments orchestras made up of the students of the conservatory – “Buta” and “Hemaheng” orchestras – were established upon the initiatives of rector Siyavush Karimi. Orchestras’ play a wide range of repertoire including the works by Azerbaijani, as well as Russian and European composers.
Student choir is one of the collectives within the Azerbaijan National Conservatory. There are also two other choirs operating at the Conservatory. Choirs, led by Honored Art Worker Dilara Aliyeva and Tarana Yusifova, perform regularly at the concerts with a very diverse music program.
“Music College” and “Art Gymnasium” within the conservatory
In accordance with the decree of the national leader Heydar Aliyev dated 10 August 2001 entitled, “On the establishment of the material and technical infrastructure of the Azerbaijan National Conservatory”, Baku Music College and Republican Art Gymnasium merged into the conservatory. Professional teaching staff in these education centers work tirelessly to train the new generations of musicians.
Department for preparation of international students
Preparatory Department for International students was established in 2005. In this short period of time, students all over the world including Iran, Turkey, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Canada and the United States of America have applied to study in the conservatory.
Azerbaijan National Conservatory has achieved popularity in a short period of time. Our teachers and students have made news in Turkey, Iran, Russia, France, the USA, Canada, Arabic states, Japan, Middle Eastern republics and other places with their successful scientific works and performances. Presidential scholarship receivers, laureates of various international and domestic awards study at the ANC.
Student-Youth Organization within our University was founded in 2005. The Student-Youth Organization brings students together based on common interests and principle of volunteerism and ensures their active participation in public life.
The conservatory has large and small concert halls, a conference hall, a mugham club decorated with national ornaments and ancient carpet patterns, a modern recording studio, a library, a reading hall, a sports and education complex, a student dorm with all necessary amenities available and more than 100 classrooms. Moreover, educational, scientific secretariat, departments for organizing concerts, trade unions and youth organizations are all integral part of the ANC.