Khadija Zeynalova is a professional Composer, Organist and Musicologist based in Germany. She was born on September 20, 1975 in Azerbaijan.
Her talent for music did not go unnoticed by her parents as she composed her first piece at the tender age of 11! Having graduated from local music school in 1994, she went on to study composition and musicology at the Baku Academy of Music in class of Prof. Khayyam Mirzezadeh. Her graduation from Academy with honours in 1998 followed by her Master’s degree in Composition (which she also completed with honours in 2000). She then won prestigious Friedrich-Ebert PhD Scholarship in Germany and continued her study with Prof. Martin Christoph Redel at Detmold Academy of Music, where she successfully completed her PhD degree in 2012.
In addition to her academic credentials, Khadija had gained a diverse teaching experience both at college and university level. She held various positions at Azerbaijan University of Arts and Culture as well as composition positions in theatres. Currently she continues her academic career at Detmold Academy of Music.
As a recognition of her professional achievements, Khadija become a life-time member of both Azerbaijan Composer’s Union and Azerbaijan Association of Women in Music. In 2004 she joined the International Alliance for Women in Music and since 2007 has been a Member of GEMA, Germany’s leading Performance Rights Organisation.
Khadija has got a diverse and unique music portfolio, ranging from theatre, movie, chamber and orchestra music, to the instrumental and vocal works. Her ability to combine unique Azerbaijani traditional and contemporary music, created a brand new style, which distinguishes her pieces from her peers. It’s therefore not surprising why Khadija’s works had caught so much attention from various international ensembles and musicians.
Her award-winning compositions are performed by some of the world’s leading orchestras, ensembles and performers in Germany, France, UK, Netherland, Cyprus, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Turkey, Oman, Azerbaijan and many other countries. She also had several portrait concerts with most recent being by Ensemble Horizonte in Detmold (Klangwerkstatt).
She also takes an active part in the “Donaueschinger Musiktage” festival in 4 consecutive years (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009) and in the “Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik” (2007), as well as in 44th International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt (2008). On April 28 her composition ‘Oktetts – Concertino To Aziza’ was performed by the “Mutare” ensemble, conducted by Prof. Gerhard Müller-Hornbach, at the Bremen Academy of Arts. In 2009, “Horizonte” ensemble performed ‘Feuertochter (Daughter of Fire)’, in Detmold.
Khadija became a Winner of the International Composition Competition “Hamburger Klangwerktage 2007” in Hamburg, 2007. As a result, her winning piece ‘Sestinen über Vergänglichkeit’ for soprano and piano – has been performed in Hamburg, Leipzig and Berlin.