Hartt School Piano Faculty Member and Alumnus Kamilla Mammedova’07 performed at the concert dedicated to the Jubilee of legendary and prominent Azerbaijani composer of 20th century Gara Garayev. The concert was held at the heart of Manhattan-BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. After another successful performance, Ms.Mammedova received An Outstanding Award of Ongoing Support and Commitment in Building the Cultural Bridge between USA and Azerbaijan.
Gara Garayev, legendary Azerbaijani composer, was a student of Dmitry Schostakovich in Moscow Conservatory, author of numerous compositions including ballets, symphonies, symphonic suites, operas, cantatas, chamber music, piano solo and other instrumental music. During the Cold War in June 1961, Garayev and T.Khrennikov were the only two Soviet composers who attended the first International Los Angeles Music Festival held at UCLA. On June 11, Franz Waxman conducted the Festival Symphony Orchestra with a suite from Garayev's “Path of Thunder” ballet. His music has been performed on main stages of the world.