Rovshan Mamedkuliev was born in 1986 in Baku,
Azerbaijan and grew up in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia). From a very early age he showed exceptional
musical talent and began guitar lessons at the age of 11. In 2004, he was accepted
into the prestigious Nizhny Novgorod Conservatoire where he studied with nationally
renowned guitarist Aleksey Petropavlovsky, graduated with honors, and was
invited to join the faculty upon his graduation. In 2006, Rovshan received a special
grant from Russian President Vladimir Putin for high achievements in the arts.
Since then, Rovshan has performed in major cities in
France, Russia, Germany, Spain and in the United States, where he performed at
Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2012. He has also performed with a variety of
ensembles and orchestras including l’Ensemble orchestral de Valencia (Spain),
Orchestre du Conservatoire National de Musique Superiur de Paris (France), Azerbaydzhanian State Chamber
As a competitor, Rovshan has been a laureate of over
23 competitions, earning the praise of judges and audiences. Notably, he has won
first prizes and the special interpretive awards in three competitions based on
performances of obligatory works of particular composers: the 41st
International Guitar Competition "Francisco Tárrega” (Spain), the 10th
International Guitar Competition "Hommage à Leo Brouwer” (France), and the1st
International Guitar Competition "Heitor Villa-Lobos” (Spain).
Being an advocate of new music, Rovshan has
premiered many new works for guitar including the Concerto No. 3 "Antony” for
guitar and orchestra composed by Philippe Lemaigre and the Concerto "Famalicao”
by Elena Lebedeva for guitar with chamber orchestra.
a result of his most recent win at the XXX Guitar Foundation of America's
International Concert Artist Competition (Charleston, USA, 2012), Rovshan
Mamedkuliev will embark on a tour of over 50 cities in the United States,
Canada, and Mexico in the 2013-2014 season. As part of the competition prize,
he has just recorded a new CD with the Naxos label.