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”. 

Past professional career brought Mr. Guliyev to Europe, USA and Asia, conducting orchestras such as: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Lamoureux Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Kammerorchester, Toscanini Philharmonic, Sichuan and Kunming Philharmonic Orchestras (China), St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Petersburg State Capella Symphony orchestra, Baku, Astana,  Kaliningrad, Zagreb and Moldova Philharmonics, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Chamber Orchestra, Hungarian National Symphony Orchestra, Turkey Presidential, Kirgizia and Lithuania State Symphony Orchestras, the Athens Orchestra, Baltic Sea Philharmoniс, Hermitage orchestra St.-Petersburg, the State Symphony orchestra of Azerbaijan, as well as orchestras of the Mariinsky Theatre, Belarus Bolshoi Theatre, Belgrade National Opera, Kiev State Opera, Tashkent Opera and on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, The Big Hall of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Theatre des Champs-Elysees,  Mariinsky Concert Hall, St.Petersburg Philharmonic.

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.

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Ayyub Guliyev graduated from the Baku Musical Academy (2005) majoring in conducting and continued his postgraduate studies at N.A.Rimsky-Korsakov St.-Petersburg State Conservatory (under A. Polischuk), University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna  (with M.Stringer), European Music Academy in Teplice, Chech Republic (with J.Schlaefli) and Conducting Academy of the Berlin KammerOrchester in Vilnius, Lithuania (with prof. M.Jurowski).

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.

One Thousand and One Nights and Sleeping beauty at the Mariinsky Theatre, Sofia Opera & Ballet and Tatar State Opera, Aida at the Serbian National Theatre Novi Sad, L'elisir d'amore and Aida at the Tatar State Opera, Carmen, Tosca, Aida, Il Trovatore, La traviata, La Bohème, L’elisir d'amore, Manon Lescaut, Pagliacci, Rigoletto, Cavalleria Rusticana, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, The Magic Flute, Aleko, Demon, Eugene Onegin, Iolanta, Pique dame, The Tzar's bride at the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet. Concert engagements with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Lamoureux Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Kammerorchester, Toscanini Philharmonic, St.Petersburg Philharmonics and Lithuania Symphony Orchestra.