Spring 2002 (10.1)
Children's Philharmonic Orchestra - 5th Jubilee
The Children's Philharmonic Orchestra
of Bulbul Music School celebrated its fifth Jubilee with a concert
on January 29, 2002 in Baku. Composer Azer Rezayev, (1930- ),
who has taught music for the past 48 years, became the Founding
Conductor in 1997.
Left: Azer Rezayev conducts the Children's
Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert that celebrated the group's
fifth anniversary. Reaching such a high level with a children's
orchestra is rare, he says.
Rezayev says that during the Soviet period (1920-1991), there
had been talk of organizing such an orchestra, but the challenges
seemed too daunting. Only a few countries have ever managed to
create a children's orchestra that could perform to a very high
Even though the students from Bulbul School are very talented
musically, it takes a tremendous effort to prepare them to perform
as a group. "They're very young," Rezayev says, "so
it's even hard for them to sit still very long." To complicate
matters, at the end of each year, the 30- to 40-member orchestra
undergoes a major transition as some of the students graduate
from high school and a new group of youth must be trained from
the very beginning.
The students' repertoire includes works by various Azerbaijani
composers, including Fikrat Amirov, Gara Garayev and Muslim Magomayev.
One of the group's favorite pieces is the rousing "Arazbari"
by Uzeyir Hajibeyov. The Orchestra also learns music by Western
composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Debussy.
Left: Conductor Azer Rezayev
Despite the challenges,
Rezayev says he is energized by his students' enthusiasm. "It's
great to see how passionate the children are about learning."
Rezayev himself graduated from Bulbul School in 1948. "I
spent my childhood in this school, and then I began my teaching
career here. My wife, daughter and one of my grandchildren also
graduated from Bulbul School, that's why I love this school very
much. My aim is to prepare these young people for the Music Academy,
and when they manage to succeed, I'm so impressed. Some of them
come back and thank me, saying that if they had not been involved
with the Orchestra, they would never have learned to play so
well. But the greatest honor for me is when great musicians listen
to the children perform and consider it comparable to an adult
"I would like so much for this symphonic orchestra to continue
forever," says Rezayev, who is already prepping Ayyub Guliyev
(1984- ), renowned tar player, to direct the orchestra in the
future. Ayyub, a recent graduate from Bulbul School, who often
performs tar duets with his father Ramiz Guliyev (1947- ), was
named to the President's Golden Book of Young Talents in 1999.
Ayyub is currently enrolled in the Music Academy.
Rezayev, who was named a People's Artist
in 1991, comes from a distinguished musical family. In addition
to his achievements with the Children's Orchestra, he is known
as a composer in his own right for his concertos and arrangements
for symphonic orchestra and chamber orchestra.
Left: Tar player and Conductor-in-training
For more information, search at AZER.com.
Ayyub and Ramiz Guliyev: "Sing
Tar, Sing: Like Father, Like Son-Passing on the Tradition"
in AI 7.4, Winter 1999. Bulbul School: "Changing
Our Tune: Bulbul Music Strikes a New Chord", AI 9.4,
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