"Azadeh obviously has a fantastic technique. But she also has this truthfulness and beauty of sound, which reflects what is inside the music. This is very rare; not just for a young person, but for anybody." These effusive words come from none other than Nigel Kennedy. At fifteen years old, Azadeh Maghsoodi played Bach's Double Concerto with the star violinist at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and gained international acclaim overnight.
At the age of six, the native of Lübeck with Iranian roots picked up a violin for the first time and took lessons with Britta von der Lippe. At twelve, she became a Jungstudentin (a program for talented young musicians to be a student with a professor prior to finishing high school) with Prof. Maria Egelhof at the Musikhochschule Lübeck. She supplemented her musical development with master classes with Zakhar Bron, Nora Chastain, Werner Scholz, Igor Ozim, Baiba Skride, Pavel Vernikov, Thomas Brandis, Jacqueline Ross, Isabelle Van Keulen, Elisa Kawaguti and Didier Lockwood, among many others. With the help of a Gerd Bucerius scholarship, she was able to take lessons with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama London in 2010/2011. From 2011-2015 she was a chamber music lecturer at the "International Music Academy Poeke" in Belgium.
Maghsoodi is a multiple 1st national prize winner with highest scores at Jugend musiziert, a popular Germany-wide youth music competition. She was also awarded 1st prize and the special prize for best interpretation of a classical work in 2006 at the Queen Sophie Charlotte International Competition and won the NDR Culture Prize in 2007 and 2009. In 2012 she won a 3rd prize and the special prize of the Hans Gál Society at the International Interpretation Competition “Verfemte Musik”.
In March 2008, Azadeh Maghsoodi, together with other scholarship holders, performed at the Foundation's Chamber Music Festival on board the MS Europa during a concert tour of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. The foundation also repeatedly presented its scholarship holders in its concert series "Foyer Junger Künstler".
In 2010, the young musician toured Germany as a duo partner of Nigel Kennedy. She also performed at the traditional "NoRuz Met Gala" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in the same year. As a soloist, she has performed with ensembles such as the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the North German Philharmonic Orchestra Rostock, the Polish Chamber Orchestra and the Junge Kammerorchester Lübeck. Concert tours have taken her to the USA, Italy, Russia, the Czech Republic and the Baltic States. She has also had multiple appearances on radio and television programs.
With the Cuarteto SolTango, which she co-founded, Maghsoodi has performed at numerous festivals, including the Oberstdorfer Musiksommer and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Since 2014 she has been a welcome guest at the renowned PODIUM Festival Esslingen. In the summer of 2015, she made her first guest appearance in the "Junge Elite" (young elite) series at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. From 2017-2019 Azadeh Maghsoodi was the primary violinist of the Holsten Quartet. Currently she performs throughout Germany, most notably with her duo projects "MoonBach" and "Tangorientales".
Maghsoodi is a former scholarship holder of the Oscar und Vera Ritter-Stiftung, Ad Infinitum Foundation and Possehl Stiftung, among others. As a long-time fellow of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, she has had the pleasure of playing instruments by Joseph Gagliano (Naples 1795) and Lorenzo Ventapane (Naples 1790), among others, as long-term rentals. Currently she plays a violin by Stefan-Peter Greiner (Bonn 1998).