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The son of Leyla and Shamsi Badalbeyli, he was named People's Artist of the USSR (1990), won in 1968, ex-aequo with Viktoria Postnikova, the 4th edition of Lisbon' Vianna da Motta International Music Competition. Since 1991, he has been the rector of the Baku Academy of Music, where he has taught since 1971.
- Farhad Badalbeyli profile, hexagone.net; accessed 12 January 2017.
- Vianna da Motta competition - past winners, vdamotta.org; accessed 12 January 2017.
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