BIOGRAPHY

Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev is a solo concert violinist with a broad and diverse repertoire, who is currently pursuing his Konzertexamen degree at Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen with Prof. Aleksey Semenenko.

He holds a Master’s Degree from Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien Hannover in Germany, where he studied with Professor Krzysztof Wegrzyn, and also a Bachelor’s Degree from Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Spain, from the class of Professor Zakhar Bron.

He is the recipient of the 2019 IKSV Istanbul Culture and Arts Foundation Aydin Gun Encouragement Award.

Elvin was born in 1997 into a family of esteemed musicians and started playing the violin when he was five years old. At the age of 8, he gave his first orchestral concert with his grandfather Server Ganiyev, and that same year he was admitted to the Zurich Conservatory Young Student program.

Since the age of 10, when Elvin made his debut with Moscow Virtuosi under the baton of Vladimir Spivakov at the Kremlin Palace, he has always performed with renowned conductors and esteemed orchestras in prominent concert halls and prestigious international festivals throughout the world.

Elvin has won numerous awards and honors at prestigious international competitions. He is the Semi-finalist and the winner of the special iPalpiti Prize at the 2021 George Enescu International Violin Competition. In the same year, he was also awarded the Public Prize at the International Jascha Heifetz Violin Competition, where he was a semifinalist. Elvin is also the laureate of many other reputable international music competitions, including the David Oistrakh Violin Competition, Lipinski-Wieniawski Competition for Young Musicians, Golden Medal Berliner International Music Competition, and Vienna International Music Competition, to name a few.

He released a debut album in 2019, “Say’s 1001 Nights in the Harem Violin Concerto,” and a single in 2020, “Chausson, Poème Op.25,” on digital music platforms. He recorded with LGT Young Soloists for the “Italian Journey” album under RCA Red Seal/Sony Music Switzerland. His latest album, “Voyages, Chapter Istanbul,” where he performed Cem Esen’s and Fazıl Say’s Violin Sonatas, was released in 2021. He is currently developing new recording projects both for classical and contemporary works.

In the past year, Elvin founded an ensemble of 15 musicians called “Afterimage Ensemble,” whose purpose is to play lesser-known compositions of composers from minority groups. The ensemble is working on the concert programs and planning performances for the upcoming seasons.

Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev is supported by the ÇEV Contemporary Education Foundation of Turkey Young Talents Project and also by Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Foundation Music Scholarships Program. Elvin performs on a 1715 Guiseppe Guarneri “filius Andreae” violin with an Eugène Sartory bow.

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“Truly impressed by his tremendous talent.”
Zubin MEHTA

“He is playing with a variety of colours in his sound and with an expression that touches every audience.”
Zakhar Bron