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.