B i o g r a p h y

Elmir Mirzoev is Azerbaijani composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and vocal pieces that have been performed in Europe, CIS countries and Turkey, USA and Mexico, Mongolia, Far East and Japan, also active in the promotion of new music and the organizer of the contemporary music festivals in Azerbaijan. 


He studied at the Azerbaijan State Conservatory (now the Baku Music Academy) from 1989-94, in the composition class of Faraj Karaev (post-graduated in 1998). Since 1998, has taught in the composition department at the Baku Music Academy. 


From 1995/2005 he was artistic director of the Initiative Center of Contemporary Music - Ensemble SoNoR; Organized more 20 international cultural projects since 1994. 


Participated in an international composition course in 1994 led by James Dillon and Ole Lützhow-Holm at the University of Gothenburg; in 1999 in the V International Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn/Holland led by Louis Andriessen, Martin Padding and Michael Smetanin; in 2004 was a participant of composition seminar at Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar led by Michael Obst and Reinhard Wolschina, in 2006 in Stockhausen Courses in Kürten. From 2007/08 taught as an assistant to prof. York Höller at the Musikhochschule Köln; from 2010 taught as an assistant to prof. Alexander von Masslow at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar. From July-December 2013 - Artist in Residence as composer in Villa Sträuli, Wintenthur, Switzerland. 


Workshops, masterclasses and lectures in the New Music Marathon in Prague (1999), Czech Republic, in Tbilisi State Conservatory, Georgia (1999), Uzbekistan Composers Union (2000), Krakow University, Poland (2001), Dresdner Zentrum für zeitgenössische Musik, Germany (2003/12), Van University, Turkey (2004), Hochschule für Musik Köln, Germany (2007/08) and in Baku. 


From 2007/12 chief-editor of internet portal of Art & Culture (Kultura.az);  from 2012/13 head of the cultural department of internet portal Minval.az; since 2013 head of the cultural department of Meydan TV in Berlin.


Since October 2007 he started his dissertation on “Totalitarianism and avant-garde in the focus of European Art of the XX century”. 


Commissions for Pro Helvetia Foundation (Switzerland), Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden and Freiburger Musikhochschule (Germany), Association Accroche Note (France) etc., grants from DAAD Foundation and Goethe Institute (Germany), etc. 


Works edited by Musik Fabrik Edition (France); Stradiva Edizione Musicale (Italy) and Sordino Ediziuns Musicals (Switzerland).