Asaf Zeynally Music College

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Asaf Zeynally Music School in Baku
General information
Location Baku, Azerbaijan
Construction started 1916

Baku Musical College – is a state college of professional secondary education in Baku and one of the leading secondary musical schools of Azerbaijan.[1]

General information[edit]

Baku Musical College is a four-year special secondary school. About 1400 students study and 400 pedagogues teach there. More than 8000 musical personnel studied in this college during its existence period. Nazim Kazimov, Honored Art Worker of Azerbaijan is a chairman of the college.


In 1885, Antonina Yermolayeva, alumni of Moscow Conservatory opened a private music school with a support of her sisters Yelizaveta and Yevgeniya. Antonina Yermolayeva became director of the school. Musical classes under Baku department of Musical Union of Russia were opened on the basis of this school, in 1901. A.Yermolayeva was in charge of them, too. Education in these classes were professional. In 1916, musical courses were transformed into a musical school. Pedagogical staff of the school was mainly consisted of alumnus of Russian conservatoires. Education was implemented by that material which was accepted in Saint Petersburg and Moscow, in the beginning of the 19th century. In, 1922, Uzeyir Hajibeyov, eminent Azerbaijani composer led the school. New faculties, where foundation of theory and play on eastern instruments was also taught alongside with the European instruments, were opened in time of Uzeyir Hajibeyov’s direction (1922-1926 and 1939-1941). In 1953, the school was named after Asaf Zeynally, Azerbaijani composer and pedagogue.[2]

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