Fascinating music

Wonderful music that gives butterflies in the stomach [INTERVIEW]

By Laman Ismayilova

Music has always been one of the best ways for people to express themselves.

Each piece of music tells a different story and evokes a wide range of emotions in us.

Sometimes it’s a sudden tightening of your chest or butterflies fluttering in your stomach that numbs you.

Music has always been associated with joy and happiness for Maryam Yusifova. She made the decision to devote her whole life to music from an early age.

The musician grew up in a family of intelligentsia that valued the holistic development of children.

His father and grandfather instilled in him a love of music.

“My grandfather was a brilliant tar player and my father was a promising pianist. However, the father gave up music and enrolled in a technical college. Also, my parents determined that music was a good area for my overall development as an individual. was only eight years old when i entered music school. my dad helped me take music lessons at home. ever since then, butterflies have always fluttered in my stomach when I play music…”, declared the pianist to Azernews.

Asked about her most vivid childhood memories, she mentioned her father’s piano performances that left an indelible impression on her as a child.

Maryam Yusifova believes that her incredibly talented father inspired her to pursue this career path.

The pianist also remembers her television recordings when she took part in children’s concerts and performed at the State Philharmonic with the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Faig Mustafayev.

“I sincerely believe that a child who sincerely dedicates himself to music has a life full of bright moments because he has the opportunity to appreciate works by such eminent classics as Uzeyir Hajibayli, Gara Garayev, Tofig Guliyev, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and many more,” Maryam said.

When she was twelve, a serious question arose whether it was worth continuing to study music.

Despite the fact that her parents wanted Maryam to become a doctor, she could not imagine herself without music.

Eventually, parents supported Maryam’s decision and she entered the class of Baku Academy of Music taught by Adela Vakilova, a magnificent musician who played an important role in the life of the pianist.

“Adela Vakilova is a true professional, a superb pianist who understands all the nuances of piano art. I owe her everything I know about music,” Yusifova said.

Subsequently, the pianist received a master’s degree in the class of Adela Vakilova, from which she graduated with honors.

She studied as an accompanist in the class of Tofig Badirkhanov.

She has been working at Baku Academy of Music in the Department of Solo Vocals and Opera since 2003 under People’s Artist Prof. Khuraman Gasimova.

She has been working in the class of People’s Artist Prof. Gulnaz Ismayilova for 18 years.

“Gulnaz Ismayilova is a great musician who has undoubtedly helped my professional growth. Being both a brilliant pianist and singer, she carefully examines the interaction between singer and pianist. It is a real pleasure to work with her for so many years,” Yusifova said. .

Maryam Yusifova gives music lessons at the children’s music school named after L. and M. Rostropovich headed by Professor Mammad Guliyev.

Talking about her most beloved piece of music, the musician said that it all depends on the singer.

“A lot depends on vocal skills. A talented singer can make any music amazing…” Yusifova said.

From baroque music to modern music, the pianist appreciates all the great musical pieces that touch the heart.

Works by Uzeyir Hajibayli, Gara Garayev, Tofig Guliyev, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Peter Schubert, Giuseppe Verdi, George Gershwin are some of the musician’s highly regarded pieces of music.

Over the past few years, Maryam Yusifova has participated in many cultural events, including the Simurg Music Festival, the 2nd International Festival of Singers of Azerbaijan, the 3rd International Festival-Competition “Future stars”, the 3rd International Competition World Harmony , the 4th Nodar International Competition of Young Singers from Andguladze as a solo violin and much more.

The 2nd International Festival of Singers of Azerbaijan was one of the brightest cultural events in the life of the musician.

The Festival of Singers aims to develop and promote classical music in Azerbaijan. The project also focuses on the formation of a good musical taste in young people.

The author of the project idea and artistic director is Honored Artist Ramil Gasimov. The festival has aroused great interest among music lovers.

Speaking about one of the interesting experiences, Maryam Yusifova noted the Bulbul International Singers Competition.

During the competition, Maryam Yusifova accompanied singers who joined the competition without a solo violin.

It is quite a difficult task for a concertmaster to accompany singers he does not know.

“It’s quite a difficult job since you are meeting the singers for the first time. Thus, you are not familiar with their concert programs and their vocal skills. So you have to learn the whole concert program in a short time. For me, it has been a truly wonderful experience to be a concertmaster in the Bulbul International Singers Competition. The competition has given me a wonderful opportunity to test my musical skills and professionalism,” he said. she declared.

The pianist also shared with Azernews her thoughts on the Simurg Music Festival 2021, which aims to identify all creative abilities in young people. Saida Taghizade, a talented pianist and winner of multiple international competitions, is the artistic director of the festival.

The previous festival only took place between pianists. This year, the festival program is more diversified and spectacular since it brings together not only pianists but also musicians and even singers.

At the festival, Maryam Yusifova shared the same stage with festival manager Saida Taghizade, associate professor of Baku Academy of Music Kamilla Sadirkhanova, honored artists Sahib Pashazade and Yulia Motorina, young singers Elmina Hasanova Ali Muradov, Emin Ismayilov as well as the Luminous set.

Simurg Music Festival 2021 was remembered for its thematic concerts dedicated to Tofig Guliyev, Baku romances, movie soundtracks, etc.

“I really enjoyed participating in the Simurg Music Festival 2021 organized by pianist and public figure Saida Taghizade. I have admired her cultural projects for quite a while now. I would really like to participate in her projects as much as possible.” Maryam said.

In her interview, Maryam Yusifova also talks about her performance with the Lumineux ensemble.

Founded in 2016, Lumineux brings together students from the choir conducting department. The ensemble performs successfully in many republican and international festivals.

“For me, it was an unforgettable experience to accompany the Lumineux ensemble at the 12th Gabala Music Festival. The artistic director of the choir is the emeritus artist Naala Baratelia, a fascinating musician,” said the pianist.

In addition, Maryam Yusifova took part in many concerts scheduled for the 100th anniversary of the Baku Academy of Music, National Music Day.

She performed brilliantly at the joint virtual concert with the St. Petersburg State Conservatory.

The musician accompanied the young opera singer Elmina Hasanova.

At the same time, Maryam Yusifova shared the stage with popular artist Gulnaz Ismayilova, who captivated the audience with Asaf Zeynalli’s “My Country”.

The concert scheduled for National Music Day took place at the Central Science Library.

The virtuosity of the musicians leaves no one indifferent.

In addition, Maryam Yusifova accompanied the talented singer Elmina Hasanova at the 4th Nodar Andguladze International Competition for Young Singers and took part in competitions with young singers, including students of the Baku Academy of Music and the School of Music for children named L. and M. Rostropovitch.

In addition to concert activities, Maryam Yusifova is also engaged in scientific activities.

“I am writing a scientific work about the outstanding Azerbaijani pianist and composer Elmira Nazirova. There are not many writings about her. I would like to complete my work in the near future,” she said.

In conclusion, Maryam Yusifova advises young pianists to work with a lot of love and respect.

“Dear young talents, I wish you to always be passionate about music and respect your work. Listen only to good music and high-quality performances, thus cultivating good musical taste,” she said. declared.

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Laman Ismayilova is the journalist of AzerNews, follow her on Twitter: @Lamiva993