Ganja State Philharmonic Hall

Ganja State Philharmonic Hall (Azerbaijani: Gəncə Dövlət Filarmoniyası) is a concert hall in Ganja, Azerbaijan. Ganja State Philharmonic is named after the composer Fikret Amirov who was born in Ganja in 1922 and directed the Philharmonic for a while (1942-1943).

Ganja State Philharmonic Hall named after Fikret Amirov
Fikrət Əmirov adına Gəncə Dövlət Filarmoniyası
LocationGanja, Azerbaijan
Coordinates40°40′36.12″N 46°21′29.66″E / 40.6767000°N 46.3582389°E / 40.6767000; 46.3582389
TypeConcert hall
Capacity1200 (main stage)
Opened2017 (new building)



Ganja Philharmonic was founded in April 1919 on the initiative of well-known Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov after his visit to Ganja in March 1919.[1]Fikret Amirov became the new director of the Philharmonic after he returned from Great Patriotic War in 1942.[2] The Philharmonic was directed by Mahammad Burjaliyev until its termination in 1949. The first symphonic orchestra in Ganja was established by Shirin Rzayev in 1969.[3]

In 1969, People’s Artist Fikret Verdiyev founded amateur “Goygol” song and dance ensemble which was given “state” status in 1977 and became “Goygol State Song and Dance Ensemble”. Ganja State Philharmonic was reestablished on the base of Goygol State Song and Dance Ensemble in 1990.[4][5] Shirin Rzayev appointed as the director of the newly established Philharmonic Hall. Folk Instruments Orchestra was founded in Ganja by Shirin Rzayev and Elchin Elchiyev during that period.[3]

Ganja State Philharmonic is subordinated to the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan.[4]

The Chamber Orchestra of the Ganja State Philharmonic performing at International Mugham Center of Azerbaijan



The following musical collectives operate under the Philharmonic Society of Ganja:[4][5]

  • Goygol State Song and Dance Ensemble
  • Folk Instruments Orchestra
  • Ganja State Chamber Orchestra


Panoramic view of Ganja State Philharmonic Hall

The former building of Ganja State Philharmonic located at 135 Attarlar street was constructed in 1985.[4] In 2012, it was decided to dismantle that building because it was in emergency situation. Therefore, new building of the Ganja Philharmonic Society replacing the building of Baku Movie Theater and Children’s Creative Center was constructed [6] between 2012 and 2017 based on the project of the architect Ramiz Huseynov.[7] The new building located at the intersection of the streets of Javadkhan and Hasan bay Zardabi was inaugurated on November 10, 2017.[4][8]

New building


The new 6-storey building consists of the main concert hall for orchestral performances with 1200 seats, a conference hall for 300 seats, 11 loges, as well as administrative, training, make-up and recreation rooms. The balcony of the concert hall on the third floor features the statutes to the famous Azerbaijani composers Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Fikrat Amirov, Gara Garayev, Niyazi and Arif Malikov.[8]

There is also an open-air concert stage, an observation tower, a 2-storey gallery and two fountains decorated with national ornaments in the yard of the Philharmonic Hall.[8]


See also



  1. ^ "Üzeyir Hacıbəyli Gəncədə musiqi sənətinin inkişafında böyük rol oynayıb". Azerbaijan State News Agency (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  2. ^ Fikret Amirov. Heydar Aliyev Foundation. ISBN 9789952483390.
  3. ^ a b Burjaliyev, Anar (May 1, 2018). "Çətinlikdən qorxmayanı uğur gözləyir". Gəncənin Səsi.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Ganja State Philharmonic Hall named after Fikret Amirov". Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan - Ganja Regional Culture Office (in Azerbaijani). Archived from the original on 2018-09-24. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  5. ^ a b Nizamigizi, Hamida (August 10, 2012). "Qədim Gəncənin müasir musiqi mənzərəsi". Culture (Mədəniyyət): 7.
  6. ^ "Groundbreaking ceremony of the Ganja State Philharmonic Society building". Official website of the President of Azerbaijan. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  7. ^ Gasimov, Rustam. "Концертный комплекс, построенный по проекту Рамиза Гусейнова – ФОТО". Новая Эпоха (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  8. ^ a b c "Inauguration of the new building of Ganja State Philharmonic". Official web-site of President of Azerbaijan Republic. Retrieved 2018-10-26.