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Touring Artist Biography: Rovshan Mamedkuliev
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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 Orchestra.

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.

As 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.
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