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Born in Sheki, Jevdet Hajiyev (1917–2002) was one of the legends of Azerbaijani classical music, with a long and active life that spanned the entire Soviet period, his final work being dedicated to the victims of Black January. He studied at the Azerbaijan State Conservatoire under the father of Azerbaijani classical music – Uzeyir Hajibeyli – and later under Dmitri Shostakovich in Moscow.

However, he remained influenced by Azerbaijani traditional compositions, particularly mugham and ashiq music. He is renowned for his work in developing the Azerbaijani symphonic tradition. Dmitri Shostakovich commented: “Jevdet Hajiyev is a truly talented composer with a unique ability in writing music of symphonic depth and philosophical content.” Following a celebration of his life and work in April at Carnegie Hall, his music is set to grace the stage of St John’s, Smith Square in the shadow of the Palace of Westminster for a concert featuring many young and talented musicians from around the world. This has been organised by Pervin Muradova, daughter of Jevdet Hajiyev, with the sponsorship of the Anglo–Azerbaijani Society, their sponsor Rapid Solutions and Azerbaijan House, with the support of TEAS.

The programme will include his setting of the Lay-Lay lullaby; the exhilarating Scherzo for violin and several of his solo piano works, recently published in the UK in a centenary edition by Elena Cobb of EVC Music Publications; and the UK premiere of the evocative Azerbaijani Rhapsody, composed by Alexander Peskanov in memory of Jevdet Hajiyev and his beloved wife Amina Dilbazi. This roster of musicians – many of whom are based in the US – will include Jeffrey Werbock (tar and kamancha); Sabrina Ozden (soprano); Hayredin Hoxha (cello); Sabina Rakcheyeva and Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev (violin); Kamila Shahtakhtinskaya, Vivian Fang Liu and Jelena Makarova (piano).

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