Faradj Karaev is one of the leading composers of the post Soviet era.
In the period of total rule of social realism in Soviet art, one party dictatorship and censorship, F.K. was writing so differently from conventional music, and totally opposed to the accepted composing tradition and practice. To picture him as an ardent opponent to the Soviet system, a dissident or a radical oppositionist would be a bit of an exaggeration. But he could always keep his integrity intact, saving his inner freedom and right to artistic choice in any situation…
(from R.Farkhadov's annotation)
Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, 19.12.1943.
In 1966 graduated cum lauda from the Azerbaijan State Conservatory, composition class by prof. Kara KARAEV, his father. 1970-1971 – post-graduate course at the same class.
In 1966-2003 teached composition, orchestration, and polyphony at The Azerbaijan State Conservatory (since 1991 – Baku Musical Academy), since 1994 – professor.
Since 1991 lives in Baku and Moscow. Since 1999, professor at The Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Music Theory department. In 2003-2005 professor at The Kazan State Conservatory, Composition department.
In 1994-1996, Vice-Chairman of the Association of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Moscow.
Many works were performed in the festivals and concerts through out former USSR, Europe, USA, South America, and Japan. Among performers of Faraj KARAEV's works are conductors: Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Valery Sinaysky, Alexander Lazarev, Maxim Schostakovich (USSR/Russia); R.Abdullayev (Azerbaijan); E.Bağirov, (Turkey/Azerbaijan); J.Metzmacher (Germany); R. de Leeuw, E.Spanjaard (Netherlands); R.Freisitzer (Austria), D.Sachs (USA). Among ensembles, performing and commissioning works by Faradzh KARAEV – BOLSHOY Theatre ENSEMBLE (Moscow, Russia), STUDIO FOR NEW MUSIC (Moscow, Russia), ENSEMBLE MODERN (Frankfurt/Main, Germany), NIEUW ENSEMBLE and SCH&OUML;NBERG ENSEMBLE (Amsterdam, Holland), ENSEMBLE RECONSIL WIEN (Австрия), QUATOUR DANEL (France), CONTINUUM (New-York, USA) etc.