“Mugham – is a philosophy”
Siyavush Ashraf Karimi – composer, National artist, Professor, rector of Azerbaijan National Music Academy.
Siyavush Ashraf Karimi was born on November, 9, 1954 in Baku. In 1961-1969 he got his education in Baku secondary school N 159. In 1969-72 years he graduated tar (string instrument) class of Professional Music College after the name of Bulbul. He was the student of the master musician Ahsan Dadashov.
In 1972-1977 years he continued his education in Azerbaijan State Conservatory after the name of Uzeyir Hajibeyli.
Beginning from 1979 he worked as one of the soloist musicians in the State Song Theatre after the name of Rashid Behbudov, as a music director of “Azkonsert”, “Ashiglar” band, “Jangi” pop-folk ensemble, pop-symphonic orchestra of Azerbaijan Television and Radio, as an artistic director of music studio after the name of Rafig Babayev of “Azerbaijanfilm” film studio after the name of Jafar Jabbarli. During these years he was friend with the National Artist Rafig Babayev and got impressed from his music.
Since 2001, he is the rector of Azerbaijan National Conservatory, Professor of “History and theory of national music” department.
He is the author of a number of world-level projects and film music. He was awarded with the order of “Honor”.