Professor Agigat Maharramova, PhD in Art, was born in Sheki, Azerbaijan . At age 13, she was enrolled in the Bul-Bul School of Music , the most prestigious institution for primary and high school music education. After graduation, she continued her studies at the Yzeyir Hajibeyli Baku Academy of Music (previously known as the Azerbaijan State Conservatory) where she completed her Master’s degree with renowned pianist and professor Nigyar Usubova. She continued her studies in a post graduate program at the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia, under the guidance of distinguished Professor of Music, Pavel Serebryakov. Professor Maharramova maintained an extensive schedule of performances in Europe, Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine and other countries. From 1999, she joined the faculty at the Ataturk University in Erzurum, Turkey, where she is currently teaching piano. She was the winner of several competitions as both a soloist and an accompanist, and continues to perform as a soloist and chamber musician to this day. Professor Agigat Maharramova has served as a juror at a number of major international music competitions, and is the author of the book “Genesis and Advancement of the Piano Performance Culture of Azerbaijan” (pictured below).
Award winning Israeli violinist and recording artist Mr. Boris Abramov was born Born in Baku, Azerbaijan. He began studying the violin at the age of 6 with Stella Zlatkovsky in Israel. At the age of 17, Mr. Abramov continued his studies at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in the United States, where he completed his Masters and Artist Diploma degrees with the renowned violinist and pedagogue Sergiu Schwartz. Mr. Abramov’s solo career included appearances with the Jerusalem Festival, Columbus Symphony, Lagrange Symphony, Brevard Symphony, Auburn Symphony and Verde Valley Sinfonietta Orchestras, as well as concerts in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, Russia and the United States. Boris Abramov’s debut album, Mozart-Beethoven Violin and Cello Duets with the renowned Cellist Carmine Miranda, was awarded the Silver Medal at the 2017 Global Music Awards, and released this year by Navona Records. In May 2014, Mr. Abramov was appointed principal second violinist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and currently serves as Professor of Violin at Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University, (USA).
Bogdan Petrenko was born in Moscow, Russia. For fifteen years he studied at the Victor Popov Academy of Choral Arts in Moscow, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2014 as a choral conductor under the guidance of Professor Alexey Petrov. While singing in the boys’ and then students’ choirs, he performed numerous classical masterpieces and contemporary music in the concert halls of Russia, Europe, and Japan with world-class musical performers including singers M. Caballé, R. Alagna, A. Gheorghiu, J. Carreras, A. Netrebko, D. Hvorostovskiy, as well as conductors A. Zedda, C. Thielemann, K. D. Masur, V. Gergiev, and V. Jurowski. Besides choral conducting, Bogdan Petrenko also studied vocal arts. Since 2012 he is a soloist of the Vocademica vocal ensemble, and he has led the ensemble on concert tours in Germany and Japan. In 2013 Mr. Petrenko started working as the choirmaster in the Moscow Boys’ Choir and is currently the artistic director of the choir. Since 2014 he also works as a choirmaster at the Moscow Region Philharmonic Choir. He has also performed as a pianist at various venues for festivals around the world. In 2017 Bogdan took part in Jevdet Hajiyev Centenary Gala Benefit at Carnegie Hall in New York City and has performed both as a conductor and a singer. Also, Mr. Petrenko is part of the Chelsea Music Festival which is held every summer in New York City.