An internationally renowned symphonic and operatic conductor, Ayyub Guliyev is a Principal conductor and Artistic director of the Azerbaijan State Opera and Ballet Theatre and Guest conductor of the Kunming International Philharmonic (China), Mariinsky Theatre, Kazan Opera (Russia), Belarus Bolshoi State Opera and Ballet Theatre and Bohdan Warchal Slovak Chamber Orchestra. Winner of the 2011 Arturo Toscanini International Competition for Conductors (Parma, Italy), Maestro Guliev has been also awarded First prizes at the Witold Lutosławski Competition for Young Conductors in Bialystok (2006), The International Conducting Competition in Craiova, Romania and the Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition in Athens among others.
In season 2020/21 Ayyub Guliyev led the highly-acclaimed production of Eldar Aliev's ballet "One Thousand and One Nights", set to the music by Fikret Amirov. The premiere took place in August 2020 in Vladivostok on the Mariinsky Primorsky Stage, with a St. Petersburg premiere on January 15, 2021. In May 2021 the production toured in Kazan. He will return to Mariinsky again next season for several opera performances. His other engagements include conducting Gala concerts at Immling Festival 2021 along with productions at the Azerbaijan Opera including the premiere of “Tosca”, “Il Trovatore”, “Aida”, “Rigoletto”, “La traviata”, “L'elisir d'amore”, “Cavalleria Rusticana”, “Carmen”, “Aleko”, “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker”.
One of the most decorated Azerbaijan conductors of his generation, Ayyub Guliyev was recently awarded the Golden Cross of Hungarian Order of Merit, and holds multiple national Awards and titles, including Azerbaijan Foundation “Friends of the Culture”- “The Best Musician of the Year” Award, The Best Achievement of the Year 2019 Award, title of the Honorary art worker of the Azerbaijan Republic (2017) and annual Presidential State Prize for the musicians.
Ayyub Guliyev is currently the Associate Professor of the Conducting department of The Music Academy in Baku.
La Traviata, Don Giovanni at the Latvian National Opera, 1001 Nights at both the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Rigoletto, I Paggliacci, Nabucco, L’elisir d’amore, Aida with Tatar State Opera, Nabucco at the Bucharest National Opera, Turandot at the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus Minsk, Aida at the Serbian National Theatre Novi Sad, Tosca, Il trovatore, L'elisir d'amore, Orfeo ed Euridice, Carmen, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Così fan tutte at the Azerbaijan State Opera. Concerts with Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra, St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra and International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra.