The festival, which has become a tradition, once again managed to attract the attention of the musical world to Gabala with its grandeur.
The XI Gabala International Music Festival, organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Gilan Holding, successfully ended on August 5. The festival, which has become a good tradition, once again managed to attract the attention of the musical world to Gabala with its grandeur. The music festival, which began on July 31 and lasted six days, was attended by world famous conductors, outstanding musicians and orchestras from Russia, Israel, the USA, Italy, Switzerland, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Lithuania, China and Turkey, as well as famous music groups of Azerbaijan. During the festival, music lovers and guests of Gabala had the opportunity to see concerts by the Student Symphony Orchestra of the Uzeyir Hajibeyli Baku Music Academy and the Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra, concert programs Cello Extravaganza and Oksana Yablonskaya and Friends, dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the world-famous pianist Oksana Yablonskaya, the Kiev Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra and the Gara Garayev Azerbaijan State Chamber Orchestra, young mugam performers from Azerbaijan accompanied by Naz-Nazi Mugham Group, as well as Clarte Clarinet Quartet and the Trio Miraculum from Turkey. On the evening of August 5, the closing ceremony and the final concert of the XI Gabala International Music Festival took place at the Culture Centre. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the festival organizers, regional administration, famous musicians, music lovers and guests of city. At the closing ceremony, the audience was presented with the Viva Opera concert program, accompanied by the Kiev Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra. The concert, conducted by Italian musician Alvise Casellati, included works by J.Verdi, C.Rossi, P.Sorozabal, S.Kunen, E.Corngold, J.Pucci. The audience applauded the performances of soloists Maria Buinosova (Russia), Modestas Sedlevichyus (Lithuania) and Umid Israilov (Uzbekistan). At the end of the concert, all the soloists performed Brindisi from J. Verdi's Travita Opera. It will be recalled that many music lovers both from the regions of the country and from abroad watched the XI Gabala International Music Festival during six days. The audience, who had the opportunity to enjoy the flawless performance of classical music, enjoyed much. The festival, arranged by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, once again confirms that Azerbaijan is a unique place that can present the cultural values of the West and the East equally and in an impeccable form. Our country has historically sought to enrich various cultures and strengthen unity between peoples. International cultural relations and mutual cultural integration are one of the main priorities of the interstate policy of Azerbaijan. It is no coincidence that important international events - forums, conferences and festivals are regularly held in our country. The Gabala International Music Festival, which prestige is growing from year to year, is known as an important event promoting intercultural dialogue too. As it followed from the congratulatory message of the First Vice President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, UNESCO and ISESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mehriban Aliyeva: “This festival of friendship and music, in which numerous musicians from different countries take part, serves to discover new talents, share knowledge and research in this area, as well as promote intercultural dialogue.” So, the XI Gabala International Music Festival ended with cheerful notes. The Gabala festival, which is a grandiose music festival, will undoubtedly make a great contribution to formation of the musical taste of the population and recognition of the musical traditions of the world and Azerbaijan.