Born in Baku, Hatira Ahmedli Cafer began her musical education in the piano section of the 16th music school at six years old. “Apple”, a piece she composed for a children’s choir at the age of seven, was later purchased by the Azerbaijani arts council for radio and television and became part of the repertoire for the “Benevşe” choir. She completed her high school education in the piano program of Asef Zeynalli music school, taking elective composition courses. Continuing compositional studies with Aziz Azizov and Arif Melikov, the composer finished her undergraduate and master’s education at the Gnesin music academy in Russia, studying under Prof. G.V. Chernov for composition and Prof. G. I. Litinsky for counterpoint, and received her Ph.D. at the Azerbaijan Sciences Institute with Prof. Rena Mamedova as her advisor. She received a mention for “Piano and Violin” in a 1982 competition organized by the Composers’ Union of the Cultural Ministry of the USSR.
The composer has been living since 1994 in Ankara. Between 1994-1997, she worked with the Bilkent University music department, where she wrote and staged two children’s operas. Between 1998-2000 she was an associate professor at the Nahcivan Pedagogical University. Since 2000 she has been working at the Ankara State Conservatory in Hacettepe University as a foreign expert and academic, having become associate professor in 2014. “Dance”, a piece she wrote in 1980 for her piano album “Kervan”, was purchased by the “Muzika” publishing house in Moscow and became part of the book “Five Piano Pieces”. The Azerbaijan Teleradio company bought her lieds, while “Elegie”, written in 1985 for chamber orchestra, was purchased by the Moscow Music Fund. In 2012, “Solo Sonata for Guitar” was printed by the Baskent Music House. Her articles and books have been published in internationally reviewed journals. She has presented many international conferences and was a jury member during the 2012 and 2016 Andrei Stoyanov International Piano Competitions in Sofia. In 2014, her “Concerto for Viola and Orchestra” was presented by the FILMSO orchestra (solo viola Cavid Cafer, conductor Ibrahim Muslu); her “Symphony” and “Adagio” were played by the Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory Youth Orchestra under the conductor Burak Tuzun in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Her works “Anatolia”, “Chinese market” and “Caravan” were presented by the “Silk Road” orchestra under Ismail Burdurlu as part of the second International Silk Road Music Conference. “Yug” and “Anatolia” were played during the third International Silk Road Music Conference in 2017 under Turan Manafzade in Cyprus (Famagusta). In 2018, her “Solo Sonata for Violin” was played by Laura Manko-Sahin in the Primrose International Viola Competition and the American Viola Society Festival. Her works for chamber orchestra are played in Russia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Belgium, America and Turkey. Papers and articles have been written about her works in numerous publications. A CD of her works was compiled with permission of the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture.