Rahilia Hasanova was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. In the world of contemporary classical music, she is known as a prolific composer with a unique and powerful “voice”. The strength of her music is in bridging the two seemingly disparate worlds of Eastern and Western cultures. By combining the essence of her native culture and Eastern traditional music with the contemporary classical music and Western traditions, Rahilia Hasanova creates unparalleled music forms that are as diverse as they are unforgettable. “Hasanova’s works are rich in unique intonations that fit into the macro-space of her compositions as self-sufficient microcosms” (Z.Dadashzade). “One of the prominent characteristics of Hasanova’s creations is reaching dramatic register culminations that are expressed through modal-meditative development” (A.Amrahova).
Rahilia Hasanova’s compositions cover a wide range of music genres and instrumentation from chamber music and symphony compositions to opera and ballet. Her music was performed at international festivals and concerts all around the world, including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Netherlands, Croatia and Iceland. Also she had solo profile concerts in Azerbaijan, Poland, Germany, the UK, and the USA where she was represented at the contemporary music festival Livewire by her profile concert Space of Sounds and symphony piece The Solitary Voice. Among her recent premieres are the chamber opera Pendulum Clocks, solo compositions Shadow Play, for double bass and Jasmine Petals, for piano, duo-sonata Impulse, for violin and piano (2018-2019). Her symphony piece Lullaby of the Stars was premiered at the Nasimi International Festival in Baku (2019). Rahilia Hasanova’s recent commissioned works include Yurt, for symphony orchestra, Plasma Clusters, for guitar quartet, Pazyryk, for chamber ensemble, Khazri-Gilavar, for clarinet quartet and percussions, Perfect Equilibrium, for string quintet, Penetrations, for solo bass clarinet, Zilli, for chamber ensemble, Extinct Volcanoes, for double bass and piano, Quasars, for string ensemble and piano.