Tofig Bakikhanov

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Tofiq Bakıxanov
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Born(1930-12-08)8 December 1930
Origin Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Baku, Azerbaijan
Occupation(s) Composer

Tofig Ahmed-agha oglu Bakikhanov (Azerbaijani : Tofiq Əhmədağa oğlu Bakıxanov) is a composer. He was awarded the title People's Artiste of the Azerbaijan SSR (1990).



Tofig Bakikhanov, a descendant of Baku khans, was born on 8 December 1930 in Baku, in the family of Ahmed–agha Bakikhanov, People's Artist of Azerbaijan. He began his musical activity as a violinist. In 1953, Bakikhanov graduated from the Azerbaijan State Conservatory specializing in violin, where Fikret Amirov was his teacher. In 1957, he majored in music composing, where his teacher was another prominent Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev.

In 1950–1953, Bakikhanov worked as a violinist in the trio of the Azerbaijan Philharmonic Society. In 1953, he was the teacher and head of the string department of the Zeynally Baku College of Music. In 1966, he managed the department of arts edition and from 1968, the department of note-music literature of the Azernashr publishing house. From 1970, Bakikhanov began to work as the senior teacher of the department of chamber music and as the dean of the performing program of the Azerbaijan Conservatory.


Bakikhanov is the author of concerts for violin, violoncello, flute, oboe, dual concerts, musical comedies. Now the composer is the professor of Baku Academy of Music. Starting from 1969 till now, Bakikhanov performed recitals in Paris, Moscow, Tbilisi, Istanbul, Izmir, Tehran and in other cities. [1]


In 1968, Bakikhanov's Caspian Ballade ballet was staged at the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. "Eastern poem" (1976), "Good and evil" (1990) compositions followed this ballet. [2] 6 symphonies, 5 symphonic poems for different instruments: 24 sonatas, 26 concerts with symphonic orchestra, vocal and instrumental compositions. [3]


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