“A stunning performance of “Scheherazade” that wowed the audience to an instantaneous standing ovation…”

February 27, 2017 - "A STANDING ROOM ONLY audience for “Exoticism in Music” concert at Carmel’s Sunset Center on Sunday was all the more conspicuous by who wasn’t there than by who was. Music director Farkhad Khudyev just took third prize at the Georg Solti International Conducting Competition in Germany, and watching his…

Farkhad Khudyev wins the 3rd prize at the 2017 International Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition in Frankfurt, Germany!

February 16, 2017 - The 2017 International Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition included 300 applicants from 58 countries. Maestro Khudyev won the 3rd prize and conducted the performance  with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra at the historical Alte Oper Frankfurt Große Saal (Old Frankfurt Opera Grand Hall). The judges were conductors…

Khudyev is featured in the Herald!

February 23, 2017 - "Khudyev has dazzled this community in recent years with his leadership, his extraordinary conducting skills and his finesse as a composer. We are fortunate this brilliant young conductor chooses to bring his musical gifts to the young people and audiences on our Central Coast". http://www.montereyherald.com

Farkhad Khudyev conducts a concert with YMM Orchestras and the guest soloist Elizabeth Koch Tiscione (Principal Oboe of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)

Khudyev, who is charming and charismatic, told me about  oboist, Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, from the Atlanta Symphony, who would appear at this concert as soloist for the Mozart Oboe Concerto K314. To say she was a revelation would be understatement. Her playing was flawless and virtuosic. Conductor Khudyev kept everyone well…

“In Khudyev’s hands, symphony gives a powerful performance…”

This much-anticipated February program opened with the short, powerful and astounding world premiere of Khudyev’s “The Sounds of Eternity.” Both an intimate musical self-portrait and an unflinching reflection of the human condition, this composition weaves together elements of Khudyev’s childhood growing up in Central Asia’s Turkmenistan with a transcendental message…

“The magician on the podium…”

The program concluded with George Enescu’s greatest hit, the irresistible Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, a tour de force for orchestra that’s littered with cameo solos spotlighting individual players. The orchestra sounded in peak condition and got the audience acclaim it deserved. And so did Khudyev, the magician on the podium. Full Article: http://performingartsmontereybay.com

“Music Director Khudyev has to be admired, not only for his musical skills (and he is as accomplished as a violinist as he is as a conductor), but also for his skill in finding increasing support in the community…”

“By any standard, these young musicians played with great enthusiasm and surprisingly advanced skills. The final work on the program, a performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, brought the house down with thundering applause and a standing ovation for the young musicians. It is a great tribute to our community that…

Review from the Peninsula Reviews:

“The orchestra, under the direction of Khudyev delivered a lovely precision and delicious dynamic shaping of the phrases, plus some gorgeous pianissimo playing in the strings that struck a beautiful balance with the choral singers.” “One last work on the program, the Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein brought the…

Review from the New York Music Daily:

“Farkhad Khudyev put on a characteristically majestic, sweeping, intuitive performance.” “Khudyev gave the sweeping, swoony nocturnal second movement extra altitude by bringing it down very, very quietly in places to add an element of contrast: as with the Khachaturian, his attention to detail was striking. Epic, lush and ultimately optimistic,…