Critically acclaimed Gulshan Ibadova is an Azerbaijani soprano born in the Russian Federation who subsequently moved to Azerbaijan in 1992. The Azerbaijani soprano from Baku, has come a long way since she started her singing career at the tender age of six. At the age of fifteen she was noticed by Elmira Kuliyeva, one of the eminent voice teachers in the country. Gulshan received lessons and encouragement to follow her dream of becoming a famous singer. She participated in numerous competitions, being awarded first prize wherever she sang. She was offered scholarships to study abroad, but continued to study under her mentor, Elmira. By the age of seventeen she was introduced to musical comedy which allowed her to get involved in several musical productions; an experience which proved to be invaluable in her career. There she entered the BAKU MUSIC ACADEMY named after UZEIR GADJIBEKOV, the prominent Azerbaijani composer. She studied under Elmiram Khulieva in the concervatory. During her first year she was invited to sing in concerts for the Philharmonic society which included performances organised for Embassies of different countries. Gulshan’s first operatic role was in AIDA in which she sang the title role Upon graduation from high school Gulshan enrolled in the Conservatory at the Baku Music Academy where she continued her singing studies under Elmira Kuliyeva. Her big break came when she auditioned for the title role in Aida. Her success as Aida opened the doors to more opportunities, both locally and internationally. She took part in the international competition ‘The Voice’ in 2016 to great acclaim. She describes the standing ovation by the audience and the judges as a crowning moment in her life. Her work with international composers has led to many of them dedicating compositions specially for her. Gulshan is also involved in innovative projects such as singing in the first Azerbaijan Rock Opera which composed Azerbaijani composer Ridvan Sadirkhanov.
She is actively collaborating with RIDVAN SADIRKHANOV , her voice coach and composer, in conjunction with concertmaster RENA AGAYEVA, Italian composer Pierpaolo Lucca, Chris Davies and with other composers. Several national and international composers have dedicated compositions for her. Gulshan speaks English, Russian, Italian, Turkish and Azerbaijani. Gulshan is an artist with a big heart. Remembering her humble beginning, she strives to reach out to those less fortunate than her and her desire is to create a better place for those whose lives she touches. And Gulshan is the first female singer who played the main role in the first rock opera of Azerbaijan. “ Traveller Sinbad” R.Sadirkhanov 27 October 2018.