Turning into a venue for international cultural and sporting events and conferences, Gabala city adhered to its traditions again and joined prominent figures together within the music festival. Festival becomes popular and attracts more attention with its annually growing audience and harmonious musical quality. Within the framework of the IX International Music Festival held in Gabala with the organizational support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, and with the support of Ministry of Culture and Tourism and “Gilan Holding”, a magnificent concert of Student Symphonic Orchestra of Baku Music Academy named after U.Hajibayli took place.
On July 29, in the concert which was organized on the large open-air stage installed in the park in front of the Heydar Aliyev Congress Center the young members of Student Symphonic Orchestra were accompanied by Isfar Sarabski, famous pianist, winner of the 43rd Montreux Jazz Festival held in Switzerland in 2009, presidential scholar, participant of a number of international festivals and concert. The conductor of the concert was the founder of “Oasis” String Quartet and “Ad libitum” antrepriznom ensemble, the Laureate of International Competitions, artistic director and principal conductor of the orchestra of "Baku Sinfonietta" Javad Taghizadeh. It was reported that, the Student Symphonic Orchestra established under the leadership of J. Taghizadeh has been operating since the "Performing" faculty of Baku Music Academy was founded. "Rhapsody in Blue" by G. Gershwin, “Caravan” symphonic sketches by S. Hajibayov, "Legends of the Caucasus" by K. Akbarov were performed at the concert of the orchestra. The concert aroused great interest among the audience. It is worth mentioning that, the opening ceremony of the festival will be held on July 30 on the open-air stage in Gabala and the opera “Leyli and Majnun” by Uzeyir Hajibayli will be presented to the audience. Within the festival which will last for 6 days, nearly 15 concerts are considered to be held in Gabala, Shaki and Ismayilli.