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DMA, Bowling Green State University, MM, Manhattan School of Music, Contemporary Performance Program - Piano, New York Post Graduate Diploma, Institutt for Musikk og Dans, Piano Performance, Stavanger, Norway MM, Grieg Academy, Piano Performance, Bergen, Norway BM, Baku Music Academy, Piano Performance, Baku, Azerbaijan
2016-2018- Manhattan School of Music Merit Scholarship 2016 - Chamber Music Competition (Stavanger, Norway)- 1st Prize 2014 - Tom Wilhemsen’s Foundation Scholarship: The University of Stavanger (Stavanger, Norway)
I recently graduated from a Doctorate degree in the Contemporary Performance Program (Piano) in the studio of Professor Robert Satterlee at the College of Musical Arts/Bowling Green State University. During my study years at the BGSU, I worked as a Teaching Assistant, accompanied instrumentalists and taught Class Piano, Sight-Reading Class and private piano lessons. I received my Master of Music degree in the Contemporary Performance Program (Piano) in the studio of Professors: Anthony de Mare, Christopher Oldfather and Margaret Kampmeier at Manhattan School of Music, New York in 2016 - 2018 academic years. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance at the Baku Music Academy (2007-2011) in the studio of Professor Adila Vakilova, and my first Masters Degree in the studio of professor Einar Rottingen at the Grieg Academy in Bergen, Norway (2012-2014). I was also awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Piano Performance in the studio of Professor Daniel Rohm at Institutt for Musikk og Dans/Stavanger University. Outstanding musical achievements include my participation in many concerts and festivals such as Bang on a Can Festival in Massachusetts, Cortona New Music Festival in Italy, Bridging the Gap Music Festival in New York, Avgarde, International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, Norway, Youth Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, Borealis Contemporary Music Festival in Bergen, Norway as both a soloist and chamber music performer. I a winner of Cortona Contemporary Performance Competition, Chamber Music Competition at Stavanger University in Norway, Conrad Art Song Competition at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Having studied piano performance in three different geographies (Azerbaijan, Norway, United States) with different teaching methods and approaches, I have been fortunate enough to have gained diverse performance skills which I incorporate into my individual teaching style. I have been teaching piano for eight years. I have taught private piano lessons at a private music school in Norway and at the Distance Learning Program of the Manhattan School of Music, and as a Teaching Assistant at the Bowling Green State University, where I taught Class Piano, Sight-Reading Class and private piano lessons. In these past eight ears, I have given piano lessons to students in all kind of levels, from beginners to masters, as both a private and a class instructor. During this time, I have realized how important it is for diverse teaching strategies to be applied depending on student’s sense of understanding and smart motivation. That is, I believe that accommodating different learning styles in accordance with students’ individual goals and capacities is absolutely essential. I equip my students with all the available tools and techniques I have personally learned as a performer. I was trained both as a classical and a contemporary pianist, which gives me confidence to teach both standard repertoire and as well as music that is written in our time. I highly value positive curiosity in my students about how to make their individuality work for the development of their performance skills. This helps to build a trustworthy and healthy teaching-learning environment.
One of my teaching methods is guiding students to become their own teachers while they are in a practice room practicing their repertoire. In my lessons, I always show them many different ways of practicing to help them understand that there is not only just one way of solving problems. I encourage them to analyze the causes underlying their technical challenges and also understand how the solution they come up with can fix the problem. Another method that I use in my lessons is deep listening. This includes finding many different ways to produce a variety of colors. I like to think that pianists’ fingers are “paint brushes” and there are million “painting techniques” that could be applied to paint sounds in different colors. I sometimes tell my students to try to visualize the shape and the color of the phrases or the sounds. I ask them to imagine the sound and hear it with the inner ears before they touch the piano, and then compare the sound they had in mind with the sound they produced with the piano. For this reason, I always recommend that my students record their performance and practice sessions.
I always hope to maintain a positive example for my students, I try my best to be as much of an inspiring teacher as possible. I enjoy building lifelong professional relationships and friendships with my students and supporting them with all I am capable of in their careers as performers. I highly value positive curiosity in my students about how to make their individuality work for the development of their performance skills. I teach them to find out how they can make their practicing session fun and rewarding.
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