Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Society

The history of the creation of the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Society is a vivid example of how the cultures of East and West have merged in a mutually beneficial way, and the building itself illustrates the synthesis of architectural and musical arts. The history of the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Society dates back to the beginning of the 20th century.
The history of the creation of the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Society is a vivid example of how the cultures of East and West have merged in a mutually beneficial way, and the building itself illustrates the synthesis of architectural and musical arts. The origins of the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Society date back to the beginning of the 20th century. In the years 1910-1912. in the very center of Baku, on the corner of Nikolayevskaya and Sadovaya, there is a refined building that perfectly complemented the surrounding architectural landscape. It is noteworthy that the architects of the Ter-Mikelov project did not send their customers for inspiration, but in Monte Carlo. The local cream of society believed that the beauty of the Philharmonic in Monte Carlo was not equal. Returning, Ter-Mikelov materialized what he saw and created an amazing building, similar to the Italian Renaissance palace with many terraces, elegant verandas and all sorts of decorative elements. Later it became an important monument of the architectural art of the city. At that time it was called the building of the Public Assembly, in fact fulfilling the functions of the club for the urban elite.
The history of the creation of the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Society is a vivid example of how the cultures of East and West have merged in a mutually beneficial way, and the building itself illustrates the synthesis of architectural and musical arts.
By the way, the unusual location of the stage relative to the main entrance to the building has a logical explanation. The fact is that the manager of the local office of Rothschild, a tremulous admirer of art, really wanted to observe what is happening in the club directly from his balcony. The desire of a respected citizen and part-time millionaire was fulfilled by arranging the entrance to the auditorium on the side of the stage. So that the scene of the summer club was on the palm of your hand directly from the windows of the former palace of Deborah.
Until the 1920's. here, in the main, they spent the evenings playing cards and at the roulette table, and after the arrival of Soviet power in Azerbaijan, gambling players were replaced by music lovers, and various ensembles began to perform on the stage. After 15 years, in May 1936, the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic was organized, and a year later it was named after the famous Azerbaijani composer Muslim Magomayev (the grandfather of the famous Soviet singer).
In 1996, the Baku Philharmonic Society closed for repairs. The grand opening of the renewed concert hall took place in January 2004. The event was attended by the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and world-famous cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.
Musical activity
The Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Society can be proud of its knowledge of many outstanding cultural figures. People's artists of Azerbaijan Khan Shushinsky, Shovket Alekperova, Niyazi, Sarah Gadimova and others performed on stage, as well as artists from other regions of the Union and foreign countries. On the basis of this concert organization there are several musical collectives.
In addition to the concerts of the groups working at the Philharmonic, performances of famous foreign soloists are held here. In recent years, the Ministry of the Republic of Azerbaijan has invited foreign artists to perform with various philharmonic groups.
Especially fruitful musical communication occurs during regular international music festivals named after Uzeir Hajibeyli and Mstislav Rostropovich.
Helpful information
Address: Baku, ul. Istiglaliyat, 10.
Phone: +9 (94-12) 437-10-83, +9 (94-12) 497-36-09 (cash desk).
Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 10:00 - 18:00 (break: 13:00 - 14:00).