Born in Turkmenistan, Emil Khudyev began his musical training under the auspices of the Moscow Conservatory, and, at the age of seven, was admitted to the Special Music School of Turkmenistan.
He won a full scholarship to attend the Interlochen Arts Camp, and the Interlochen Academy, where he studied for four years. He received his BA from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Franklin Cohen. While there, he was selected to participate in the Carnegie Hall Workshop Young Artist Concert. His numerous awards include: Harvard Music Association, International Yamaha Performing Artists (Chicago), Glenn Miller Scholarship Concerto Competition, and the Tuesday Music Club Competition (Akron, OH), among others. Mr. Hudyyev has played with orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, and now holds a position with Opera Naples Orchestra (Florida).
Currently Mr. Khudyev is working toward a master’s degree at the Yale School of Music, with David Shifrin.
He has attended Tanglewood Music Festival, the Colorado College Music Festival, and the Sarasota Music Festival.