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ETERI KOURBANOV was born in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1988 and later immigrated to Israel. After studying Music in High School and finishing with Honours, she served in the Israel Army and subsequently entered the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance where she studied Composition, Conducting, Music Theory and Education and graduated with Honours. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Composition with Prof. Michael Wolpe under government scholarship and Chaim Alexander scholarship for Master’s degree in Composition with Prof. Ari Ben-Shabetai.

Since her student days, she has written music for ballet, opera, symphonic works, vocal pieces, lieder, works for piano solo, harp and violoncello, harp quartet, and more, aside from music for theater, ballet, monodrama and voice recital. She has collaborated with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Beer-Sheva Sinfonieta Orchestra, Philharmonic der Nationen Orchestra (Germany), and Ensemble Meitar among others.

In her compositions, she combines two different cultures, the Western (European) background with Eastern music based on Uzeir Gajibekov’s rules and traditions of Azerbaijanian Makkamlier. Her direction is towards animal rights, saving the environment and fighting for righteousness through the power of music. At present, she is involved with the Azerbaijan Cultural Center of the Azerbaijan-Israeli Society and continues to compose commissioned works for private and public organizations in Israel and around the world.

Hymn to Nature


“Hymn to Nature” is a celebration of the splendour of the Rice Terraces of Banaue, the Eighth Wonder of the World. The first half describes the magical beauty of the terraces, while the second half is an omen of what would happen if we do not do our best to preserve this heritage which could result in the possibility of its total destruction.

The main idea and goal of the piece is an appeal to humanity to save the Earth, to preserve our heritage, to care for nature, and to protect the animals. It is up to humanity to act now so that succeeding generations will be able to encounter this pure and unique experience of viewing and benefiting from the rice terraces.

It is a warning in a musical way to avoid destruction. This is a call for everyone to unite and act to save nature, to care for the beauty of the terraces, and to save a cultural patrimony for future generations.