Farhad Badalbeyli,  Professor and Rector of Baku Music Academy named after Uzeyir Hajibeyov, was born in 1947 in Baku, Azerbaijan. 

Got Bachelor degree at Azerbaijan State Conservatory and Master degree at Moscow State Conservatory named after Peter Tchaikovsky, in 1967-1968, was the winner of International Piano Competitions in Prague and Vianne da Motta Piano competition Lisbon, Portugal.


From 1965-1969 he has studied with M. Brenner at The Azerbaijan State Conservatory and from 1969-1971 with post graduate study at Moscow Conservatory with B.Davidovich.


Winner of many international competitions, Smetana in Chahoslovakia and Vianna Da Motta in Portugal just to name a few, he has performed all over the world in places as Carnegie Hall, London with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and many more. Mr. Badalbeyli has recorded for Melodiya and Naxos lebels where music of Azerbaijani composers and his own with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra released on 2012 .


Among many prizes and honors, he has been awarded The Order of Chevalier of Literature and Art of France, People's Artist of USSR, Member of Azerbaijan Culture Friends Foundation and many more.                        

Since 2009 Mr. Badalbeyli is an Artistic Director of Gabala International Music Festival.        

Farhad Badalbeyli Gabala



Dmitry Yablonsky Gabala director



Grammy nominated conductor, cellist and conductor Dmitry Yablonksy was born in Moscow into a musical family. He began playing the cello when he was 5 years old and was accepted to the Central Music School for gifted children. At the age of 9 he gave his orchestral debut playing Haydn’s cello concerto.


Since then, his career had taken him to the most important stages in the world, such as the Carnegie Hall, La Scala, Moscow Great Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Taiwan National Hall, Teatre Mogador, Cite de la Musique, Louvre, among others.


He regularly plays with important artists as Boris Berezovsky, Vadim Repin, Shlomo Mintz, Itamar Golan, Yuri Bashmet, and has collaborated with artists as Monserrat Caballé, Roberto Alagna, Olga Borodina, ... He played Mº Penderecki’s Cello concerto with the composer at the podium.


He has also an important career as Conductor that begun in Camerino (Italy), where he had his first opportunity to conduct an orchestra. He was 26 years old and since then, has collaborated with many important orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (principal guest conductor 2000-2004), Novoya Rossiya (Principal Guest Conductor 2012- ), Israel Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Antwerpen Orchestra, North Netherlands Orchestra, Maastricht Orchestra, Russian State Orchestra, Orchestre National d'Ile de France, Taiwan National Orchestra, Catania Opera Orchestra, Holland Symphonia, Bologna Chamber Orchestra, Ofunam (México), etc.




His mother is the famed pianist Oxana Yablonsklaya, with whom he immigrated in 1977 to New York where he studied with Lorne Munroe (solo cellist of New York Philharmonic Orchestra), David Soyer, cellist of Guarneri quartet, and with Aldo Parisot. 


In the summer of 1979, at the age 16, Dmitry was accepted to participate in Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and was the youngest participant. There, he had the opportunity to meet many great musicians as M. Horszowski, M. Tree, M. Shneider, M. Foley... and after playing for David Soyer, cellist of Guarneri quartet, he offered him to come to Curtis Institute of Music to study with him.


In 2010 Dmitry Yablonsky received the Diploma of the Honorary Academician at the Independet Academy of Liberal Arts at the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has transcribed and edited works for cello, which was released by International Music Company and Dover Publications. Naxos records released his recording of all 40 Popper etudes for solo cello in the fall of 2008, which received great critical acclaim. But maybe, his most important recording is the Piano trio recording for Erato/ Warner with Vadim Repin and Boris Berezovsky that has won numerous awards.


He has an enthusiastic and charismatic character that takes him to initiate many projects, and he organizes many festivals all over the world, including Qabala Festival in Azerbaijan and Wandering Stars Festival, which takes place in different countries of the world each year as in Israel, Italy, Russia, USA and more.

Dmitry Yablonsky is Music Director of Kiev Virtuosi and Conductor Laureate of Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Since fall 2016, he teaches at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University and has been recently named Head of International Relations of the same University.

Dmitry plays two cellos: a Joseph Filius Andrea Guarneri and a Matteo Gofriller.