Influenced by his uncle, the Azerbaidzhan composer U. Gadzhibekov. For a year after graduation, guided by D. Shostakovich. While a student at the Conservatory, appeared as conductor of the orchestra of the Teatr Muzykalnoi Komedii, 1938-1940.
Directed the Azerbaidzhan Ensemble of the Magomaev Philharmonic Society. Artistic director of the Baku Philharmonic Orchestra, 1942-1945. Director from 1947. Taught instrumentation at the Conservatory from 1948.
Lecturer, 1957. Professor from 1965. Director from 1969. His compositions include songs, ballet music, symphonies, and pieces for strings.
Born May 8, 1919