Working as the Global Music Director for the San Francisco World Music Festival since 2012, Imamyar Hasanov is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on kamancha and for his versatility as an arranger, performer, and instructor bridging the vast divide between his traditional scales and those of other cultures. Having impressive credentials, he leads the field with his experience and vision to catapult Azerbaijani music onto the world stage.
As an artist of impeccable character, Mr. Hasanov is a uniquely gifted musician with numerous achievements in fostering the vitality and public appreciation of Azerbaijani traditional music. With his extensive knowledge of both Azerbaijani traditional and Western classical music, knowledge of many of the world’s traditional instruments, and innovative arranging technique, Mr. Hasanov has not only contributed to the preservation of Azerbaijani traditional music, but has created a body of work which has brought this music to the forefront of both the classical and world music fields. Imamyar Hasanov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan.
He started playing the kamancha at the age of 10. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art and Music from the Baku Music College, named after Asef Zeynalli and Master of Arts Degree in Art and Music from the Baku Music Academy named after Uzeyir Hajibeyov. Imamyar is a dynamic virtuoso who performs Azerbaijani and Middle Eastern traditional improvisations as well as European classics as akamancha soloist. He organized the first tar, kamancha, and piano instrumental trio in Azerbaijan named ''Gala" which took first place in the competition "Seeking Talents" in Azerbaijan in 1996. Imamyar Hasanov is the winner of national and classical music competitions in Azerbaijan and has participated in many music festivals all over the world.
In 2013 and 2019, Mr. Hasanov taught Azerbaijani and Central Asian music as an Instructor in the Department of Music at Stanford University.
His performance highlights include "Undiscovered Treasure Kamancha of Azerbaijan" at Georgetown University 2005, "Nowruz Project" at 6th San Francisco World Music Festival 2005, "Silk Road Bayram" at Indiana University 2005, "Best Kept Secret of World Music" at George Washington University 2007, "Here Comes The Sea, Followed By The Ocean" at 8th San Francisco World Music Festival 2007, "The Reeds Give Way To The Wind" at 9th San Francisco World Music Festival 2008, "Nowruz in Istanbul " 2010, "Passage to Dawn" in Frankfurt, London, and Gothenburg 2010, Great Lake Folk Music Festival at Michigan University 2010, Richmond Folk Music Festival at Richmond Virginia 2011, “The Epic Project” at 12th San Francisco World Music Festival 2011, Symphony Space in New York 2012, “The Opera Project” at 13th San Francisco World Music Festival 2012, "Festival of the Silk Road" in San Jose 2013, "Old Roots, New Leaves" in Talary Hunar, Kurdistan Region, Iraq 2013, “The War Project” at San Francisco World Music Festival 2014, “The Sun Archer Overture” at San Francisco World Music Festival 2016, “International Day” Tyler, TX 2017, “Ancient Mood”, Dallas, TX 2017, “Ancient Mood”, Houston, TX 2017, “Azerbaijani Music Night” Tehran, Iran 2017, “Hagia Irene” Istanbul, Turkey 2017, “Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra” Tehran, Iran 2018, “Music from the Land of Fire” Tokyo, Japan 2018, “Turkey Tour” Ankara, Istanbul March, 2018, “Labyrinth Ontario Workshop and Concert” Toronto, Canada 2018, “Hagia Irene” Istanbul, Turkey, May 2018, Memorial concert for “Khojaly” at “Eglise Saint-Eustache” Paris, France 2019, Europe Tour with “ARAS” Ensemble in 2019, “Gateways to World Music” at Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX 2019, “Kamancha Concert” with Chukurova National Symphony Orchestra in Adana, Turkey 2019.