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Janel Najafli

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Janel Najafli was born in Baku on 24 March 2002. From the age of two-and-a-half to five years, she was a member of the Aysel Theatre, created by Ogtay Zulfugarov, the late Azerbaijani artist, popular children’s composer, and People’s Artist. It was he who composed the lyrics and music for the song Janeldir adim (My Name is Janel), presented to Janel and performed by Janel when she was aged four years.

In September 2008, Janel commenced her studies in the First Class of the Bul-Bul Secondary School of General Education and Music, focusing on the violin.

In the 3rd–6th grades, she also focused on composition in the class of composer Ayaz Gambarli who, in turn, had studied under legendary composer Arif Malikov. To date, her oeuvre comprises four works. In 2012, she performed one of her compositions at a concert organised by the Bul-Bul School, with the participation of Arif Melikov. However, her focus currently remains on the violin, rather than composition.

From the end of the 3rd grade to the 5th grade, Janel was a member of the Tutti Azerbaijani State Orchestra for Children, created by People's Artist Teymur Goychayev, director of the school. Following that, Janel became a member of the Azerbaijani Youth Orchestra, occupying the first violin seat.

Janel’s inaugural solo violin performance was in December 2014 at the Baroque Festival in the International Mugham Centre, on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

Janel has also repeatedly performed at events commemorating the martyrs of Black January and the Khojaly Massacre, together with many other events and concerts, and been awarded with Thanksgiving (Gratitude) diplomas, including one in Istanbul at the Turkic World Film Festival in 2016. She has also performed at Rostropovich’ House Museum, and several events at the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS). In February 2018, she played at the British Business Group’s event in the Four Seasons Hotel, Baku, attended by H.E. Dr. Carole Crofts, British Ambassador to Azerbaijan, attracting myriad plaudits.

Over the past two years, Janel has actively participated in the Support to Youth (Ganjlara dastak) Project, organised by Murad Adigozalzadeh, internationally-renowned pianist and educator at Baku Music Academy. In November 2017, she was featured on the Modern Youth of Azerbaijan television programme.

Janel was invited to perform in the orchestra accompanying popular singer Emin Agalarov in his Emin with Orchestra concert at the Heydar Aliyev Palace, Baku, in December 2017.

Janel has commented:

“I love my profession very much, and promise to glorify Azerbaijan, and maintain my dignity at all times, through my achievements in and outside my country. I would particularly like to express my sincere thanks to my teacher, professor Fatima İdyatulina, and Azerbaijani People's Artist Teymur Goychayev.”

Achievements and Prizes[edit]

  • 2015: First Prize: Karavan Kulturi International Competition Festival, Poland
  • 2016: Honorary Diploma: Josef Micka International Violin Competition, Prague, Czech Republic, for performing Zolushka by Sergei Prokofiev
  • 2016: First Prize: Rodniki dushi (Soul Spring) Republic Competition, Baku, Azerbaijan
  • 2016: Vladimir Spivakov Festival, Moscow, Russia (one of only selected candidates, and the sole violinist)
  • 2016: First Prize: Futures Stars International Competition, Baku, Azerbaijan
  • 2017: First Prize: Testene Art Baku International Competition, Baku, Azerbaijan
  • 2018: Third Prize: Grumiaux (formerly Bravo) International Violin Competition, Brussels, Belgium[1]
  • 2018: First Prize: Third Azerbaijani Republic Music Competition dedicated to the 95th anniversary of National Leader Heydar Aliyev, Baku


  1. Results Grumiaux Competition 2018International Grumiaux competition for young violinists

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