Aytaj Shikhalizade is currently studying for a Master’s degree at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. The mezzo-soprano has been taking singing lessons since she was 10 years old. She first studied in her hometown at the Baku Music Academy in Azerbaijan, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2014, followed by a Master’s degree in Music in 2016. She began her stage career at the same time, playing the title role in Carmen and appearing as a soloist at the Gabala International Music Festival. In 2016 she made her debut as Olga in Eugene Onegin at the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn in Vienna, where she also appeared as Charlotte in Werther. Aytaj has a scholarship from the President of Azerbaijan and the Thyll-Dürr-Stiftung in Vienna. In 2012 the mezzo-soprano won the Hope Prize at the Byulbyul International Singing Competition, where she was the youngest participant. In 2014 she won the bronze medal in the Magomaev International Vocalists Contest.
Carmen, Carmen (G. Bizet)
Olga, Eugen Onegin (P. I. Tschaikowsky)
Charlotte, Werther (J. Massenet)
seit 2016, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria
2010 - 2016, Baku Music-Academy, Azerbaijan
2012, Hope Prize, International Byul-Byul Competition, Azerbaijan
2014, Third Prize, M. Magomaev International Vocalists Contest, Russia