Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev

Violinist/ Azerbaijan-Turkey

iPalpiti Special Prize recipient 2021

A concert violinist, Elvin is the youngest musician presented with the certificate and badge of the honorary title of the Honoured Artist of Azerbaijan for his merits in the development of Azerbaijani culture (2018) and is the recipient of the 2019 IKSV Istanbul Culture and Arts Foundation Aydin Gun Encouragement Award.

​Born in 1997 into a family of esteemed musicians, he started playing the violin when he was 5 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, such as Zubin Mehta, Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sasha Goetzel, Gürer Aykal, Rauf Abdullayev, Placido Domingo, Jules van Hessen and David Bernard among others.

​Elvin has performed with Amsterdam Philharmonic, Shanghai Chamber Orchestra, Borusan Philharmonic, Azerbaijani Philharmonic, Qatar Philharmonic, Odessa Philharmonic, New Russia Orchestra, BMTG NY Chamber Orchestra, Burgogne Lyric Orchestra, İstanbul State Symphony and all leading orchestras in Turkey, Albanian RTSH Orchestra, and many others.

Elvin is a winner of numerous international competitions including 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 has performed at many festivals internationally such as Interlaken Classics Festivals in Switzerland, Menton Festival in France, Rostropovich Festival and Gabala Festival Music in Azerbaijan, Vladimir Spivakov Invites Festival, Trans-Siberian Art Festival in Russia, Istanbul Music Festival and Ankara Music Festival in Turkey, Cannes Music Festival, Voices for Peace and Festival du Floréal Musical d’Epinal in France, Oettingen Festival in Germany and Megaro Festival in Greece.

​He has recorded with LGT Young Soloists for the album “Italian Journey” under RCA Red Seal/Sony Music Switzerland. In 2019, his debut album “Say’s 1001 Nights in the Harem Violin Concerto” and a single in 2020 “Chausson, Poème Op.25” were released on digital music platforms.

​Elvin holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Spain and currently pursuing his Master’s Degree at Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien Hannover in Germany, 

Elvin is supported by ÇEV Contemporary Education Foundation of Turkey Young Talents Project and also by Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Foundation Music Scholarships Program.

​He performs on a 1715 Guiseppe Guarneri “filius Andreae” violin with an Eugène Sartory bow.