As Musician-in Residence at Acadia University, Canada, and the musical ambassador of Nova Scotia, Dr. Saida Kafarova, performed her Carnegie Hall debut recital in June 2000, as a winner of Artists International Special Presentation Recital Award. Commented one eminent listener, "In my time I have heard all the great - Paderewski, Hofmann, Rachmaninov. You are top rank. Artistry, poetry, soul of the highest order." After studying with the legendary Tatiana Nikolayeva at the Moscow Conservatory, she came to Austin to pursue her graduate studies, and received doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2003. Presently, Saida Kafarova is the Director of the Instrumental Ministries at the First United Methodist Church of Round Rock.
Orchestras: A frequent performer with the Azerbaijan Philharmonic and Azerbaijan State Conservatory Symphony, Ms. Kafarova has premiered several works by contemporary composers, for solo piano and for piano and orchestra. More recently, in Canada, Ms. Kafarova appeared with the European Union Chamber Orchestra on their North American debut tour; with the Saint John String Quartet in numerous concerts; with Stepan Arman, the winner of the CBC National Strings Competition and with Alexander Tselyakov, prizewinner of the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, and with the renowned Verdi Quartet. In January 1999 she performed the Brahms Second Piano Concerto under the direction of Maestro Maura with the Symphony New Brunswick to a sold out audience in the Imperial Theater in Saint John.
Concerts: She toured many parts of the former Soviet Union and performed in Russia, notably in the Grand Hall in Moscow and in the White Hall of St Petersburg Conservatory. She was invited to perform with violinist David Yonan for his Honor the German Ambassador on the last minute notice, and on another occasion for his Honor the British Ambassador in Istanbul. At the European Arts Festival she gave a recital, arranged by the Istanbul Goethe Institute. In the summer 2000 she played in front of their Honors the Count and Countess of Essex during their trip to Canada. In December 2003, 2004 and 2005 she performed with the Metropolitan Opera diva Emily Pulley in Christmas Eve program.
Prizes: In 1983 she won the top prize at the First Chamber Music Festival in Baku, and in 1985 won a special prize at the Caucasus Piano Competition. The Sabah Newspaper Guild awarded her as an outstanding duo-pianist for the recital at the Ataturk Cultural Center, the main concert hall in Istanbul. In March 2001 she was chosen as a finalist to perform at the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York.
Radio/TV shows: She performed live from Halifax on "Take Five", the CBC radio broadcast, heard regionally and nationally. Just recently KMFA Classical broadcast three recitals of Ms. Kafarova playing the rare virtuoso masterpieces and interview with her.
Organizations: She is a founder and Music Director of the Young Artists Program at the First United Methodist Church in Round Rock, Texas.