Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (Composer, Pianist, Pedagog, Musicologist, Conductor) is one of the leading composers of our time, highly regarded for her creativity and distinctive style. Her compositions draw from the vocabulary of modern European classical music and incorporate the sounds of mugham music traditional to Azerbaijan. Born in Azerbaijan in 1947 Ali- Zadeh studied piano and composition at the Baku Conservatory. In 1976 she began to teach musicology at the Baku Conservatory, where she has been professor of Contemporary Music and the History of Orchestral Styles since 1990. As a pianist, she performs at international festivals, playing programs that include the works by the Second Viennese School, as well as works by Crumb, Messiaen and Schoenberg, composers she has popularized for Eastern audiences. Franghiz Ali-Zadeh has been awarded many national honors by the Republic of Azerbaijan, including the Order of Glory in 2007, the Ugur award (“award of success”) in 2009, and the Zirve award (“top prize”) in 2011. Ali-Zadeh’s catalogue of works includes solo, chamber, ensemble and orchestral music and is performed at festivals world wide interpreted by musicians such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Yo- Yo Ma, Evelyn Glennie, Ivan Monighetti, David Geringas, Julius Berger, Wu Man, Alexander Ivashkin, Alim Qasimov, Vladimir Tonkha and Elsbeth Moser.