About

Turkar Gasimzada is an award-winning composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music, having composed very diverse range of music including works for solo instruments, ensembles, vocal, and orchestras. His music is being successfully performed throughout Europe, Asia and in the United States.

Gasimzada holds a Doctorate degree in composition from University of Cincinnati, Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he studied with Mara Helmuth, Michael Fiday. He also holds a Masters degree in composition from the Manhattan School of Music (MSM), New York. He studied at MSM with Reiko Fueting, Nils Vigeland. He also attended composition master classes with such composers as Beat Furrer, Mark Andre, Stevan Tickmayer, Gabriela Lena Frank.

His recent achievements include: a finalist in ALEA III International Composition Competition, Boston University, Boston, USA, 2012; a winner of the International Composition Competition “Unique Forms of Continuity in Space” held by the Italian Institute of Culture, Melbourne, Australia, 2010; a winner of the Jordan Berk Memorial Prize for saxophone quartet, Manhattan School of Music (MSM), New York, USA, 2009.

He has been collaborating with and having his works performed by ECCE Ensemble (France), Ensemble Courage (Germany), Ensemble Sans Maitre (New York,USA), Contemporary Music Ensemble of Boston University (USA), Ecoute Ensemble (Switzerland), Frontiers New Music Ensemble (Oklahoma, USA), CNM Ensemble (Iowa, USA), Noise-Bridge duo (Stuttgart, Germany), Cochlea Freedom Ensemble (New York,USA), Cafe Momus, CCM Percussion Ensemble (Cincinnati, USA), Contempo Ensemble (Baku, Azerbaijan), Oneplusone Ensemble (Lithuania), Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra (NY, USA), Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra (Azerbaijan), Azerbaijan State Chamber Orchestra (Azerbaijan). His works have been conducted by such conductors as David Gilbert, Theodore Antoniou, Bert van Herck, Jean-Philippe Wurtz, Vladimir Runchak.

Gasimzada’s music has been performed in many festivals of contemporary music including Etchings (France, 2014), Cortona Sessions for New Music (Italy, 2014), “tonArt” (Germany, 2014), “Up Close With Music” Festival (Ireland, 2014), “Computer Music Space” (Bulgaria), Tonlagen (Germany, 2012), 4th Kara Karayev International Contemporary Music Festival (Azerbaijan, 2011), Druskomanija (Lithuania, 2010), “Culturescapes” (Switzerland, 2009).

A committed teacher, Gasimzada has taught courses in Music Composition, Electronic Music Techniques at University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and currently teaches a course on Music of the Middle East for the University of Cincinnati.

Turkar Gasimzada’s scores are published by Babel Scores in Paris, France.