Born in May 1986 in Baku (Azerbaijan), a couple years later Rovshan Mamedkuliev and his family moved to Nizhny Novgorod (Russia), where at the age of 11 he started taking guitar lessons. In 2009 he graduated from the Nizhny Novgorod Conservatoire with nationally recognized guitar teacher Aleksey Petropavlovsky.
Rovshan Mamedkuliev is one of the most well-known classical guitarists from Russia today. He has won more than 25 awards in national and international competitions, including: First Prizes on the 48th International Guitar Competition “Francisco Tárrega” (Spain, 2014) and the 48th International Guitar Competition “Michele Pittaluga” (Italy, 2015). In 2012 Rovshan won one of the most prestigious guitar competitions in the world - XXX Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition (USA).
His solo career has taken him to numerous cities such as Los-Angeles, Toronto, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Moscow, Paris, Berlin and others. In the 2013-2014 concert season after winning GFA Competition, Rovshan gave a solo concert tour (51 concert) and master-classes throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. He played solo concerts in such places as New York's Carnegie Hall (2012) and Amsterdam Concertgebouw (2017). A number of works are recorded by Rovshan on his solo albums: CD “Con Anima” (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 2011), two Guitar Recital CDs on the «Naxos» (Newmarket, Canada, 2012 and 2016), CD “Semi-Awake, Semi-Dream” on the «Contrastes Records» (Sevilla, Spain, 2015). From 2014 Rovshan Mamedkuliev is teaching at the Maimonides State Classical Academy in Moscow.
Highlights Concert May 2, 2019
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, 5:30 PM
MacLaurin Building, University of Victoria