Fuad Ibrahimov

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Conductor Fuad Ibrahimov

He began his studies at the Baku Music Academy at the age of 15, and by the age of 32 he was already principal conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the New Philharmonic in Munich: the award-winning conducting star from Azerbaijan is in great demand internationally and has already been able to conduct concerts with greats such as Anna Netrebko.

About the artist

Fuad Ibrahimov

Conducting star from Azerbaijan

Fuad Ibrahimov is the principal conductor of the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Munich and the Baku Chamber Orchestra. Fuad Ibrahimov was the 2nd prize winner of the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in Paris in 2018 where he appeared with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He was immediately invited to conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo which welcomed him back the following year for a concert with Nikolai Lugansky. In 2019, he was on tour with the Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer in the Baltic states and at the George Enescu Festival of Bucharest. In the same year, he performed with the Sinfonia Varsovia at the Folle Journée de Nantes Festival and in Tokyo, as well as with the Symphony Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus in Minsk with Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov. Following a broader recognition of his talent, Fuad Ibrahimov was invited, last December 2021, to close the Moscow Rostropovich Festival alongside the Russian State Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov” and Gautier Capuçon.

Fuad Ibrahimov has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (England), North Czech Philharmonic, MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, the Staatskapelle Halle, the Göttingen and the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia, Kremerata Baltica, Kronberg Academy, Ensemble Moderne, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Santa Cecilia Classical Orchestra, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. He has also conducted the « Das kritische Orchester Berlin®” whose musicians are drawn from the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatskapelle Dresden, the South Westphalian Philharmonic (Germany), and other leading orchestras. In 2012 he took over his first independent opera production with the Gürzenich Orchestra (Germany) at the Cologne Opera as a guest conductor. In June 2011, he was invited by Maestro Fabio Luisi to the “Pacific Music Festival” in Japan.

He recorded a new CD for Delos with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov”, Boris Berezovsky, Evelyne Berezovsky and Alexander Kniazev, entirely devoted to the Belgian contemporary composer Jean Alphonse De Zeegant.

In 2006 Ibrahimov began his conducting studies with Prof. Michael Luig at the Cologne Academy of Music, and since 2008 he has been music director of the student symphony orchestra “Sinfonietta”, based in Cologne. In 2010 he was awarded a special prize by DAAD, recognising highly talented foreign students.

In 1998 he joined the viola class of Prof. B. Mehdiyev at the Baku Music Academy, while simultaneously enrolling at the Cologne Academy of Music (Germany) under Prof. Rainer Moog. During this time, Ibrahimov was awarded a scholarship by the “Friends of Azerbaijan Culture” Foundation, as well as the Dr. Carl Dörcken-Werner Richard Scholarship, and performed in many German cities under the auspices of the Yehudi Menuhin Charitable Foundation.

In 1998 he was the winner of the VII. Republic Music Competition (Baku), and, at the early age of 15, was admitted to the viola section of the Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Rauf Abdullayev, where he worked until 2002. Since 2013 Fuad Ibrahimov has been a holder of the President’s Scholarship of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In 2019, he won the “Golden Plane” prize awarded by the First Lady of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Fuad Ibrahimov began his music studies at the age of 12, when he attended the specialized music school associated with the Baku Music Academy, Azerbaijan. There he enrolled in the class of Prof. Tofig Aslanov (1994-1998), and later was a member of the youth string orchestra, “Tutti”, conducted by Teymur Geokchayev.

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