Azerbaijan National Conservatory Music College

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Asaf Zeynally Music School in Baku
General information
LocationBaku, Azerbaijan
Completed1916

The Baku Musical College (now the Azerbaijan National Conservatory Music College) is a state college of professional secondary education in Baku and one of the most important secondary music schools of Azerbaijan.[1]

General information[change | change source]

Baku Musical College is a four-year special secondary school. About 1,400 students study and 400 pedagogues teach there. More than 8,000 musical personnel studied in this college since its foundation. Nazim Kazimov, "Honored Art Worker of Azerbaijan" is a chairman of the college.

History[change | change source]

In 1885, Antonina Yermolayeva, alumni of the Moscow Conservatory, opened a private music school with the support of her sisters Yelizaveta and Yevgeniya. Antonina Yermolayeva became director of the school. Musical classes under the Baku department of the "Musical Union of Russia" were opened on the basis of this school in 1901. Antonina Yermolayeva was in charge of them too. Education in these classes were professional. In 1916, musical courses were transformed into a musical school. Pedagogical staff of the school mainly consisted of alumnus of Russian conservatoires. Education was based on the curriculum which was accepted in Saint Petersburg and Moscow, in the beginning of the 19th century. In 1922, Uzeyir Hajibeyov, the most famous Azerbaijani composer, led the school. New faculties, where foundation of theory and play on Eastern instruments was also taught along with the European instruments, were opened during Uzeyir Hajibeyov's direction (1922-1926 and 1939-1941). In 1953, the school was named after Asaf Zeynally, an Azerbaijani composer and pedagogue.[2]

Famous alumni[change | change source]

  • Khan Shushinski
  • Asaf Zeynally
  • Said Rustamov
  • Sabina Babayeva
  • Ahmad Bakikhanov
  • Muslim Magomayev
  • Zeynab Khanlarova
  • Alim Qasimov
  • Lutfiyar Imanov
  • Valentin Jenevskiy[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "ОБ ОСНОВНЫХ ИСТОРИЧЕСКИХ ЭТАПАХ СТАНОВЛЕНИЯ И РАЗВИТИЯ АЗЕРБАЙДЖАНСКОГО ФОРТЕПИАННОГО ИСКУССТВА" (in Russian).
  2. "Бакинский музыкальный колледж (БМК)" (in Russian).
  3. "Asəf Zeynallı adına musiqi kolleci 110 yaşını Opera və Balet Teatrında qeyd edib" (in Azerbaijani). trend.az. Archived from the original on 2012-01-16. Retrieved 2012-10-16.