Rahilia Hasanova was educated as a classically trained composer, music theorist/musicologist, pianist, and organist at the Baku Music College (B.A.’72) and the Baku Conservatory (M.A.’77). Her Ph.D. dissertation (2006) titled “Music Theory as a Representation of Sound Spectra”. She was born in Baku. Being a follower of Shostakovich composition school, she represents a new generation of a contemporary experimental stream in classical music of Azerbaijan. Since 2009 she lives in the USA and continues her composer and performer activity in Baltimore.