Mamedkuliev was born in 1986 in Baku, Azerbaijan and grew up in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. He showed exceptional musical talent as a child and began guitar lessons at the age of 11. In 2004, he was accepted into the Nizhny Novgorod Conservatoire where he studied with nationally renowned guitarist Aleksey Petropavlovsky and joined the faculty immediately after graduation. He now teaches classical guitar at the Maimonides Academy of the A.N. Kosygin Russian State University in Moscow.
An advocate of new music, Mamedkuliev 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.
He also performs his own arrangements. He has published arrangements of music by Russian composers, Masters of Russian Composition: Alexander Borodin and Anatoly Lyadov (MelBay Publications, USA, 2014), and an arrangement of the music by the native Azerbaijani composer Fikret Amirov, Six Miniatures (LACG Editions, USA, 2015). The Amirov miniatures are on his program for the upcoming San Jose concert.
His CDs include “Con Anima” (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 2011), a CD in the GFA Laureate Series on the prestigious Naxos label (Toronto, Canada, 2012), a CD “Semi-Awake, Semi-Dream” on the Contrastes Records (Sevilla, Spain, 2015). In January of 2016 Rovshan Mamedkuliev recorded his second CD on Naxos (Toronto, Canada).
Rovshan Mamedkuliev – CONCERT PROGRAM
- Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840) – Two sonatas for guitar solo
- Dionisio Aguado (1784-1849) – Rondo brilliante (ор.2, №3)
- William Walton (1902-1983) – Five bagatelles:
2. Lento sognando
3. Alla cubana
4. Sempre espressivo
5. Con slancio
- Agustin Barrios (1885-1944) – La Cathedral:
– Preludio saudade
– Andante religioso
– Allegro solemne
- Fikret Amirov (1922-1984) – Six Miniatures (transcription by R. Mamedkuliev):
– Ashug’s Song
– Lyrical Dance
– On Hunting
- Nikita Koshkin (born 1956) – Sonata №2:
1. Allegro moderato
2. Adagio – con moto