BIO

Emil Afrasiyab was born in Azerbaijan. From the age of three he became interested in music. He was accepted to Baku special music school named after Bul-Bul for gifted children and graduated at the age of 18 y. o. Emil then proceeded to earn his Bachelor and Master degrees in piano performance at Baku Music Academy in the class of Professor Farkhad Badalbeyli (2000-2006). In the course of his professional career as a performer he has participated in many international jazz festivals, which culminated in him getting pianist award at "Montreux Jazz Festival" (2011) and prize "Silk Way" festival (2011). He has given numerous concerts in Germany, France, Czech Republic, Austria, USA, Japan, Cuba, Greece, Belgium, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey. In 2013 Emil started to study in Berklee College of Music in Boston (State Massachusetts). He has taken two majors (Jazz Composition and Performance).He is an activist of Azerbaijani Culture Festivals in foreign Countries.  In 2015 he did the Concert in "Carnegie Hall" master class for Abdullah Ibrahim. His repertoire includes classical music, jazz, jazz mixing with Mougham music, and his own works. Head of the "Emil Afrasiyab and his friends" ethno-jazz group. In 2011 he was awarded the title of "Honored Artist of Azerbaijan".

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