Azerbaijan State Philarmonic Hall

Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall

The Magomayev Azerbaijan State Philarmonic Hall (Azerbaijani: Maqomayev adına Azərbaycan Dövlət Filarmoniyası), located in Baku, is the main concert hall in Azerbaijan built in 1912.

The Azerbaijan State Philarmonic Hall was constructed throughout 1910–1912 at the request of the city elite. The hall was designed by the Armenian architect Gabriel Ter-Mikelov in the Italian Renaissance (exterior) and German Rococo (interior) styles. Its design was inspired by the architectural style of buildings within the Monte-Carlo Casino, particularly l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

A society (known as the Summer Center for Public Gatherings prior to 1936) was originally organized as a club for the wealthy of Baku who attended it for banquets and entertainment. During the Russian Civil War it served as a place for public rallies. In 1936, the club was reorganized into a residence for the Philarmonic society aimed at promoting Azerbaijani classical and folk music. On 11 August 1937 after the building underwent renovation it was named after composer Muslim Magomayev.

In 1995, the hall was closed down for the more than 8 years for another renovation. The opening of the fully renovated building took place on 27 January 2004. The opening ceremony of the newly-renovated building was held on January 27, 2004. Several famous people attended the ceremony like President Ilham Aliyev, former minister of culture Polad Bulbuloglu, outstanding cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, professor Ferhad Badalbayli.

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