Ayyub Guliyev currently holds the position of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, a position he has held since 2011.
He is a winner of the 2011 edition of the Arturo Toscanini International Competition of Conductors in Parma, Italy, and has also won first prizes at the Witold Lutosławski Competition for Young Conductors in Bialystok and the Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition in Athens.
Ayyub Guliev’s recent and upcoming engagements include One Thousand And One Night at the Mariinsky Theatre and at Kazan Opera, La Traviata at the Latvian National Opera, Sleeping Beauty on the Mariinsky Primorsky stage, and productions of La Boheme, Tosca, Il Trovatore, Aida, Rigoletto, La Traviata, L’elisir d’amore, Cavalleria Rusticana, Carmen, Aleko, Swan Lake, Nutcracker at the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. He has also collaborated with the World Chamber Orchestra at the Vancouver International Music Festival and the Slovak Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared at the Klassz, a Parton International Music Festival in Budapest, and the Bad Endorf Opera Festival.
Throughout his career, Guliyev has conducted orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Trondheim Orchestra, the Lamoureux Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener Kammerorchester, the Toscanini Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, the Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra, the Baku, Astana, Bishkek, Kaliningrad, Zagreb, Baltic, Lodz and Moldova Philharmonic orchestras, the Slovak Chamber Orchestra, the Turkey Presidential and Lithuania Symphony Orchestras, the Athens Orchestra, the State Capella and Hermitage orchestras in St. Petersburg, the State Symphony Orchestra of Azerbaijan, as well as orchestras of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Belarus Bolshoi Theatre, the Belgrade National Opera, the Kyiv State Opera, and the Tashkent Opera.
Ayyub Guliyev graduated from the Baku Musical Academy in 2005, where he majored in conducting under the guidance of Y. Adigezalov. He later continued his postgraduate education at St. Petersburg State Conservatory and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna