Rauf IslamovKamancheh (Azerbaijan) Rauf Islamov has studied at the Asaf Zeynalli Music College (1994-1998) and the National Conservatory (2001-2005). Among his teachers were Azerbaijan's renowned kamancheh performers Fakhraddin Dadashov and Adalat Vazirov.
In 1998, Islamov was awarded the laureateship at the mugham competition in Azerbaijan. This was also the year he began collaborating with Alim Qasimov. Since then, he has performed internationally as a part of traditional mugham trio led by Qasimov. Islamov performs with the Silk Road Ensemble and collaborates with the Cultural Center "Alim" in Baku.
Since 2006, Islamov has been teaching the kamancheh class at the Azerbaijan National Conservatory.