Azerbaijan State Chamber Orchestra

Azerbaijan State Chamber Orchestra named after Gara Garayev (Azerbaijani: Qara Qarayev adına Azərbaycan Dövlət Kamera Orkestri) is a chamber orchestra based in Baku, Azerbaijan. It was founded by Fikrat Amirov and Gara Garayev in 1964.[1] The orchestra generally performs works of Azerbaijani composers and premiered works by Western European and Russian composers.[1][2]

Azerbaijan State Chamber Orchestra performing at Uzeyir Hajibeyov International Music Festival (2013)


The Azerbaijan State Chamber Orchestra (ASCO) was established on the initiative of Azerbaijani composers Fikrat Amirov and Gara Garayev in 1964. Nazim Rzayev directed the Orchestra until 1992 since its foundation.[1] The orchestra toured different cities of Russia, as well as former Czechoslovakia, Poland, Tunis, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Turkey during this period.[3]

The Orchestra was headed by Ramiz Malikaslanov between 1992 and 1995. The Orchestra performed in Germany under his leadership. Ramiz Malikaslanov was succeeded by Yashar Imanov until 1997.[3] The incumbent artistic director of the Azerbaijan State Chamber Orchestra is the People's Artist of the Republic of Azerbaijan Teymur Goychayev who was appointed to this post in 1998.[1][3]

The ASCO was awarded with Humay National Award for promoting classical music in Azerbaijan in 2007.[3]


The Orchestra performed at concerts during the Azerbaijani Culture Days conducted in Turkey (Ankara, Izmir), France (Strasbourg, Cannes, Paris), Germany (Munich, Dresden), Greece (Athens), Italy (Milan), Austria, Georgia, Japan, Egypt, South Korea, and Switzerland.[3]

The Orchestra performed in London in July and presented a jubilee concert dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the birth of Gara Garayev in September 1998 in Paris.[3] The ASCO performed at the concerts dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Independence of Azerbaijan organized in Berlin, Paris and Rome in 2011.[3] The ASCO participated at the Azerbaijani Culture Days conducted in Beijing in May 2011, as well as at the 2nd Ramatuelle International Classical Music Festival organized in France in July 2011.[3][4]

List of Artistic DirectorsEdit

Name Period
Nazim Rzayev 1964-1992
Ramiz Malikaslanov 1992-1995
Yashar Imanov 1995-1997
Teymur Goychayev 1998–present

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Ensembles". Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  2. ^ "Azerbaijan State Chamber Orchestra". Azerbaijan National Library - Electronic information database. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Kollektivlər » Azərbaycan Dövlət Filarmoniyası". (in Azerbaijani). Archived from the original on 2018-07-23. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  4. ^ "Azerbaijani musicians participate in the 2nd Ramatuelle Classical Music Festival". Retrieved 2018-07-23.