Fidan Aghayeva-Edler is a pianist based in Berlin, Germany, currently focused on performance of contemporary music and improvisation.
She studied in Azerbaijan, Norway and Germany, and attended masterclasses with Marino Formenti, Eric Schneider, Leif Ove Andsnes, Jerome Löwenthal, Josep Colom und Peter Donohoe among others.
She is active in Berlin's contemporary music scene and works closely with composers. During the corona pandemic, she broadcasted daily live stream videos on Facebook and Youtube, where she played over 50 of the latest piano pieces (including 12 world premieres). Her innovative work is supported by various grants and scholarships from Musikfonds Berlin, Deutsche Orchester-Stiftung, Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Fonds Darstellende Künste, GVL-Stipendium, the Norwegian Quota Scholarship, the Dwight and Ursula Mamlok Foundation. During the corona pandemic, she carried out various projects and developed new concert formats, such as livestream concerts with numerous world premieres, shop window concerts and virtual duo improvisations.
Her CD "Verbotene Klänge: Sechs Suiten" was broadcasted in the Bayerischen Rundfunk, RBB Kultur, Klassikcast of the Goethe Institute, MDR Figaro etc. Her further collaborative projects include CDs and albums "Klavierwerke" (2016), "Twenty for piano" (2020), "The Black Garden" (2020).
As a soloist and with an ensemble, she has performed in various venues across Europe, such as Berliner Philharmonie, Waldbühne Berlin, Steintor Varieté Halle, Grieghallen Bergen, Moscow Conservatory Rachmaninov's Hall. As a soloist she played with the Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic, and became part of the “musica reanimata” concert series at Konzerthaus Berlin, Impuls Festival, Aurora Festival Sweden, ICPA Festival, Händel Festival, Festival “Verfemte Music” Schwerin, International Festival Sobiraem Druzey Moscow, Borealis Festival, Bergen Festspillene, International Week of Conservatories St. Petersburg, akademie kontemporär at HfMT Hamburg.
Her focus lies on the rediscovery of music by persecuted composers. She tries to represent the music of male, female and non-binary composers equally in her concert programs. She is constantly discovering new musical spheres, such as improvised performances (solo or in an ensemble) with extended piano techniques, and realizing interdisciplinary projects (including poetry and dance). She gives contemporary piano techniques workshops at music high schools and festivals across Germany and Europe.
She plays in theatre and film; her recent works include "Fabian" by Dominik Graf, „Berlin.Babylon“ IV season; chamber opera “Wir” in Deutsches Theater Berlin, and “vis-á-vis” at Ackerstadtpalast.