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Gabala Music Festival


Gabala International Music Festival is an annual festival of classical music held every summer beginning in 2009 in Gabala, Azerbaijan. The festival is organised with the support of Heydar Aliyev Foundation at the initiative of the rector of the Baku Academy of Music Farhad Badalbeyli and conductor Dmitri Yablonski.

At this festival, musicians perform in the open air. Participants have included musicians from Europe, the US and Israel, as well as musicians from republics of the former USSR. In 2009, a contest of young pianists was held at the same time with the musical festival. Jazz and mugham evenings were held along with classical music concerts. In 2010, the festival was held on August. General director of UNESCO Irina Bokova was in the opening ceremony of the festival.

The festival began with the performance of overture from Uzeyir Hajibeyov's "Koroglu" opera as in 2009. Opening ceremony of the festival was charged to Royal Philarmonic Orchestra. Such musicians as Dmitri Yablonski, Yuri Bashmet, Khloe Khanslip and other Azerbaijani and foreign musicians took part in the festival. In 2011, the festival lasted from July 15 to August 5.

The opening of the 2012 festival organized with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation was held on July 24 and was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the world-famous musician of Azerbaijan Muslum Magomayev. Muslum Magomayev’s musics was played in the open on that day.  Two more jubilee events were held within the framework of the festival. One of these jubilees was dedicated to maestro Niyazi (100) and the second to Fikrat Amirov (90). The composers’ musics was played during the jubilee events. The festival, where musicians from different countries are to take part, lasted till August 6.