My aspirations as a violin instructor are to enable students to identify, understand, and assess challenges they contend to search for possible solutions. I am a proponent of self-directed learning, and intentionally create situations in class that allow the students to learn through the unconventional approach. I also encourage students to come up with their own exercises and possible solutions for any challenge they encounter. In order to measure their learning, I require students to demonstrate the process of searching for possible solutions in class. The beauty and novelty of the solution that emerged in the process of solving complex tasks can bring an astounding joy of creativity.
I am convinced that only a creative instructor can foster a creatively thinking student. Therefore, to prepare the student for self-creative activity, I must actively enrich knowledge and share my experience with students, update and design study material depending on intellectual and psychological aspects of students, be aware of their interests and individual traits so that in the future they can use the knowledge and skills to apply not only at school but also in life.
I LOVE to see my students with a SMILE on their face when we together find possible solutions for any technical difficulties they encounter.
If you are looking for a professional that will take your playing to a couple of levels above, look no further. Azer is an outstanding mentor and has positive worldview and inspires not only his students to do their best, but also his colleagues to improve their teaching skills by acting as role model and coaching them. And most importantly, Azer is a true gentlemen and great man. Definitely would give him more than 5 stars if I could.
Azer Damirov is an outstanding teacher, for violinists of all ages and all levels. He is great at teaching in person or online. Azer is patient and understanding about the challenges of playing the violin, and he knows how to make learning fun. I highly recommend Azer as a teacher for anyone who wants to progress quickly as a violinist and enjoy their lessons!
As each student goes his way, the goal of the instructor is to guide in the right direction, help to overcome hurdles along their road to success. My primary role as instructor is to instill confidence in students, give impetus to ensure that they are constantly growing artistically, self-educating and improving, impose love for solving difficult tasks and exploring the world around us. It is important to be able to convey to students that everything interesting is challenging, and everything that is challenging – interesting!
My serious musical training began in Russia at the legendary Moscow State Academic Music College of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. My eagerness and commitment to perfecting my craft both technically and artistically as a violinist brought me to the United States where I earned my Artist Diploma, Master’s degree. I hold a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia.
I have complemented my music education by performing continuously over the last 20 years, including many cities and stages around the world, from my early years in junior ensembles to the iPalpiti chamber orchestra of international laureates, Symphony in C orchestra,Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. My travel and performance experiences across Europe, Russia, Azerbaijan, and The United States of America have offered me first-hand exposure to and meaningful opportunities to explore and learn a variety of genres and cultures from Azerbaijani Mugham and Russian folklore to western classical music and everything in between while learning from diverse people, cultures, and places. Probably my greatest blessing and professional accomplishment is being invited to perform as the soloist as well as a chamber and orchestra musician at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall (NYC), Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater (CA), Kimmel Center (Philadelphia PA), Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles CA), John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington DC), Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow Russia), International Mugham Center of Azerbaijan (Baku), and Headquarters of the United Nations (NYC).
My passion for teaching has always been a big part of my career. I have been teaching violin since 2011- providing individual and group instrumental lessons in music schools and serving as an adjunct faculty (Artist-in-Residence position) of performance studies (solo and chamber) at Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University. In 2018, I was invited as a guest artist to perform at The Uzeyir Hajibeyov International Music Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan, where within this festival, I also gave several masterclasses. These have provided me considerable experience teaching one on one and classroom settings discovering and enhancing their innate knowledge through an individual approach to each student.
I have worked with students of all ages and levels- from beginner to professional level.
Playing a musical instrument is fun but also requires persistence. The only question you should ask yourself before making a long-term commitment is "Does playing a musical instrument make me happy"? If the answer is "Yes", then you have come to the right place.