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Aida Huseynova

Lecturer in Music (Music in General Studies)

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  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Russia, 1992
  • M.M., Master of Music, Azerbaijan State Conservatory, Azerbaijan, 1987

Aida Huseynova is adjunct lecturer in music in general studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She teaches music of the Silk Road, East-West encounters in music, music of Russia, and music theory. Her research interests include Shostakovich, 20th-century Azerbaijani music, and multiculturalism.

Since 2006, Huseynova has served as a research advisor for the Silk Road Project under the artistic direction of Yo-Yo Ma. She has toured with the Silk Road Ensemble throughout the United States as well as in Canada, France, and Qatar, giving pre-concert talks and participating in workshops. In June 2009, she was the consultant for the live broadcast of Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble at the Lincoln Center. In 2010, 2013, and 2015, she gave pre-concert talks for Yo-Yo Ma’s and the Silk Road Ensemble’s concerts at the IU Auditorium.

Huseynova has also acted as a research advisor for the Kronos Quartet and the group’s collaboration with Azerbaijani musicians. As a part of this collaboration, she gave pre-concert talks and conducted workshops at Stanford University and the University of Berkeley in 2012.

In addition, she (along with the group of musicians from Azerbaijan) was recently in residence at Dartmouth College and Brandeis University, organized by the Aga Khan Music Initiative. From 1989 to 2007, she taught at the Baku Music Academy in Azerbaijan as associate professor of musicology. She is a member of the Composers’ Union of Azerbaijan and holds the position of secretary general of the National Music Council of Azerbaijan.

Huseynova’s books, articles, and multimedia projects have been published in Azerbaijan, the United States, Germany, France, The Netherlands, and Russia. She is the author of the monograph Music of Azerbaijan: From Mugham to Opera (Indiana University Press, 2016).

Anna Oldfield, professor at the Coastal Carolina University, said of Music of Azerbaijan, “In each chapter, Huseynova combines historical context, cultural insights, and musicological analysis to create a study of musical and cultural fusion that is as compelling as it is informative. . . . Her personal experiences in Azerbaijan’s cultural world add vibrancy and insight, and her mastery of the English scholarly idiom makes this work a harmonious bridge between Azerbaijan and the world.”

Inna Naroditskaya, professor at Northwestern University, explained the value of Huseynova’s book thus, “Not only is the book interesting for anyone studying Azerbaijani music and culture, as well as to music theorists overall, but it might be relevant to scholars exploring questions of musical nationalism in newly independent states, the intersection of West and East, the different combination, mixture, fusion of oral and written, composed and improvised musical traditions.”

Huseynova has presented lectures on many campuses in the United States and Europe, including Indiana, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Ohio State, Northwestern, Purdue, University of Chicago, Wisconsin-Madison, and Dartmouth as well as at Cambridge and York in the United Kingdom.

In 2006, she was invited by the Shostakovich Society in the United Kingdom to give a presentation on the topic “Shostakovich and Azerbaijan” at Cambridge University. Also in 2006, she was a “musicologist-in-residence” at the International Festival and Symposium of Contemporary Music's “Icebreaker III: The Caucasus” in Seattle. In 2005, Huseynova was a member of the Advisors’ Committee at the Sixth Annual San Francisco World Music Festival.

Her awards include an Andrew W. Mellon grant (2015), Fulbright Fellowship (2007-08), and a fellowship from the Junior Faculty Development Program (2001-02) sponsored by the U.S. State Department.