Rovshan Mamedkuliev was born in Baku (Azerbaijan), and began studying classical guitar at the age of eleven in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia). In 2004 he entered the Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory where he studied with Aleksey Petropavlovsky. He completed his studies in 2009 and joined the teaching staff of the conservatory. As of 2014, Rovshan Mamedkuliev is a professor at Maimonides State Classical Academy in Moscow.
He has participated in many international competitions and has won more than twenty awards including first prize at the Sixth International Cup of the North Competition for performers on national instruments (Cherepovets, Russia, 2006), first prize and special prize for the best interpretation of the compositions of Leo Brouwer at the Tenth International Guitar Competition Leo Brouwer (Antony, France, 2009), first prize, Audience Prize and special prize for the best interpretation of the compositions of Heitor Villa-Lobos at the First International Guitar Competition “Heitor Villa-Lobos” (Salamanca, Spain, 2011), first prize at the Second Alexander Frauchi International Guitar Competition (Moscow, Russia, 2011), First Prize at the XXX Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition (Charleston, USA, 2012), second prize, Audience Prize and special prize for the best interpretation of the compositions of Francisco Tárrega at the XLVI International Guitar Competition “Francisco Tárrega” (Benicàssim, Spain, 2012), and First prize at the XLVIII International Guitar Competition “Francisco Tárrega” (Benicasim, Spain, 2014).
In 2006 he received a grant from Vladimir Putin for high achievements in the arts. In 2012, he gave a solo concert in New York’s Carnegie Hall and made a tour performing in numerous cities throughout Germany and Spain. In the 2013-2014 season, after winning GFA’s International Concert Artist Competition, Rovshan gave a Solo concert tour (51 concert) and master-classes throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Rovshan has also premiered many new works for guitar including Concerto №3 “Antony” for guitar with the symphonic orchestra composed by Philippe Lemaigre and Concerto “Famalicao” by Elena Lebedeva for guitar with chamber orchestra. In November 2012 he recorded a solo CD on Naxos (Canada).
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