Elmir Mirzoev

(b. 1970, Baku).

Azerbaijani composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and vocal works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and elsewhere.

Mr. Mirzoev studied composition with Faraj Karayev at the Bakı Musiqi Akademiyası – Academy of Music in Baku from 1989–94, with whom he then had postgraduate studies in composition there from 1995–99. He also attended a course in composition by James Dillon and Ole Lützow-Holm at Göteborgs universitet – University of Gothenburg in 1994 and the International Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn in 1999.

His music has been performed in Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Macedonia, Mexico, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the USA, and Uzbekistan.

Mr. Mirzoev is also active in other positions. He has served as artistic director of the Initiative Centre of Contemporary Music – Ensemble SoNoR in Baku since 1995. Moreover, he has organised international projects in Azerbaijan and elsewhere since 1996.

He has taught composition at the Bakı Musiqi Akademiyası since 1998. He taught as an assistant to York Höller at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne in 2007–08. In addition, he has given lectures, masterclasses and workshops in the Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Poland, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.


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A game with rosaries, large orchestra (79 players), 1996

Seven minutes for orchestra, large orchestra (78 players), 1999

Candentia II, piano (+ celesta, glockenspiel), 18 strings, 2005


Sacrificium intellectus, oboe, clarinet, French horn, qanun (zither from the Middle East), violin, viola, cello, piano, organ, 1992

Intra cancellos, flute (+ piccolo, alto flute), oboe, clarinet (+ bass clarinet), bassoon, French horn, piccolo trumpet, 2 violins, viola, cello, piano, 2 percussion, 1994

Candentia I, flute (+ alto flute), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), guitar, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, 1995

Symbolic Triangular Silence, bass clarinet (+ clarinet), guitar, piano, 1995

Short exercises for brain and hands, piano, percussion, 1996

Drei Reminiszenzen, guitar, 1997

ReAKSIYA, bass clarinet, piano, percussion, fixed media, 1998

Impromptu, flute (+ piccolo), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), 2 saxophones, 2 French horns, trumpet, 2 trombones, bass tuba, electric guitar, bass guitar, piano, percussion, 1999

Bahar, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, bassoon, French horn, organ, percussion, 1999 (also version for bass flute, bass clarinet, bassoon, French horn, violin, viola, cello, percussion, 1999)

Visions and Echo, flute (+ alto flute), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, 2000

Symbolic Triangular Cross, clarinet (+ bass clarinet), viola, piano, 2001

White Circles, clarinet, violin, 2001

Chamber concerto, clarinet, ensemble (balaban [oboe from Azerbaijan], contrabassoon, trombone, harp, violin, viola, cello, percussion), 2001–02

Rituals, percussion ensemble, 2002–03

Faiyum Portraits I, bass flute, harp, cello, percussion, fixed media, 2004

Die Gestorbene Zeit des Idealismus, bass flute (+ flute), harp, cello, accordion, fixed media, 2006


...Also, Sie sind gekommen, soprano, bass clarinet (+ clarinet), guitar/cello, piano, percussion, 1997

JUStACRUM, soprano, clarinet (+ bass clarinet), bassoon, French horn, trumpet, harp, qanun, cello, piano, percussion, 1998

Sarı Gelin, soprano, flute (+ alto flute), guitar, percussion, 2002

Four Songs, soprano, flute (+ alto flute), clarinet (+ bass clarinet, balaban), guitar, cello, piano, synthesizer, 2 percussion, fixed media, 2002

Todesfuge, 2 sopranos, 2 double basses (both + percussion), 2003

Faiyum Portraits II, soprano, English horn, theorbo, fixed media, 2005


In trance, 1991


Seven Motets (Guillaume de Machaut), soprano, flute, clarinet (+ bass clarinet), bassoon, French horn, guitar, cello, 1997

Prelude VIIPrelude VIIIPrelude XVPrelude XVIPrelude XXIV from 24 Preludes (Kara Karayev), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), harp, cello, percussion, 1998