Extraordinary Lives


By the early 1950’s, Murad Tagiev had developed a reputation as one of the most inspiring Soviet violin teachers in his native Azerbaijan, a country that has contributed much to the development and richness of classical music.

Murad Tagiev was born in Baku, Ajerbaijan in 1925.  He studied music at the Baku State Conservatorium from 1948 – 1953 under the tutelage of Alexander Amiton, a former student of A Yampolsky.  In 1953, Tagiev joined the String Department of the Azerbaijan Academy of Music in Baku as a violin teacher.  He quickly became Professor, then Dean and was appointed Head of the String Department in 1962, a position which he held for 35years.

Murad Tagiev was one of the founding members of the Ajerbaijan String Quartet with whom he performed and toured for 30 years, undertaking many concert tours to Europe and conducting master classes at music institutions and conservatories throughout the Soviet Union.

Over the years, Murad Tagiev has worked closely with some of classical music’s Internationally renowned performers and leading Professors such as David Oistrakh, Mstilav Rostoprovich, Leonid Kogan and Uri Yankilevich.  He has given his expertise to adjudicate many prestigious Soviet and international competitions and his outstanding contribution to music is highly prized in the Soviet Union.  In 1972, Murad Tagiev was awarded the distinguished title of “Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation” in recognition of his dedication and contribution to music.

Murad Tagiev has given much to the world of music, having developed and nurtured many great violinists who are now successfully performing as soloists, teaching, or playing in many of the top orchestras around the world.



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