Islam Rzayev was born on 11th of November in 1934 in village Sardarly, Fuzuli. He died in January 26th in 2008 in Baku. Khanende, is the national artist. He was worthy continuer of Karabakh School. From 1951 to 1956 received professional musical education in Baku in Governmental Music School of Azerbaijan.
He perfectly studied dastgahs of mugam in Seid Shushinsky’s class. He continued his education in the Governmental University of Art and Culture of Azerbaijan Republic, at the same year started activity as soloist in Phillarmony of Azerbaijan. Performed by him with a big talent Chahargah, Bajaty-Kurd, Mahur-Hindi and Rast are saved in fund of Azerbaijan Television and Radio.
He composed a lot of songs, such as – “Gel inad еtме”, “Daglar bаshy”, “Alma deren”. Khanende in his creativity addressed to such products of composers as “Nasimi”, “Ashyg Ali” of Dzhahangir Dzhahangirov.
He was on tours and represented culture of Azerbaijan to more than 70 countries of the world, such as, Colombia, Peru, Cuba, Japan, India and Nepal. Islam Rzayev was known also as organizer. In 1975 he has created ensemble. In 1988, Islam Rzayev together with A.Gaziyev and R.Mirishli created theatre of mugam and became the director of this theatre.