Adjunct Lecturer in Music (Music in General Studies)
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Musical Arts Center, MAC 012
- Ph.D. in Musicology, Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Russia, 1992
- M.M. in Musicology, Azerbaijan State Conservatory, Azerbaijan, 1987
Aida Huseynova teaches music theory and music of the Silk Road. Her research interests include Shostakovich, 20th-century Azerbaijani opera, and multiculturalism (in particular, the East-West synthesis in music).
Since 2007, Huseynova has served as a research advisor and interpreter 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 March 2010, she gave a pre-concert talk for Yo-Yo Ma's solo recital at the IU Auditorium.
In addition, Huseynova (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 in Central Asia. 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 the 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 educational DVDs Music and Culture of Azerbaijan and coauthor of Music and Culture of Kyrgyzstan, produced with the support of the Indiana University Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center.
She has presented lectures on many campuses in the United States and Europe, including Indiana, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Ohio State, Northwestern, Purdue Universities, University of Chicago, and Wisconsin-Madison, Dartmouth College as well as at Cambridge and York Universities 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 a Fulbright Fellowship (2007-08) and a fellowship from the Junior Faculty Development Program (2001-02) sponsored by the U.S. State Department.