Mrs Ali-Zadeh was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. After graduating from the Baku Conservatory as a pianist and later as a composer, Mrs Ali-Zadeh was the assistant of the famous Azerbaijani composer Kara Karayev from 1973 to 1976. She enrolled in a doctoral program at the same Conservatory and was awarded a doctoral degree in 1989.
In 1980 Mrs Ali-Zadeh received the annual award of the Azerbaijani Composers’ Union, and in 1990 she was awarded the title of “Outstanding Artist”. In November 2000, Mrs Ali-Zadeh received the honorary title “People’s Artist of the Republic of Azerbaijan”. As a pianist Mrs Ali-Zadeh has performed numerous works from contemporary composers from the former Soviet Union. For the first time in her home town Baku, she gave music performances of the Second Viennesse School and of works from composers such as Olivier Messiaen, John Cage and George Crumb. In January 2004, the late Mstislav Rostropovich conducted her orchestral work “Hommage”, written especially for the occasion of the re-opening of the Philarmonie in Baku.
In 2004 the American Biographical Institute elected Mrs Franghiz Ali-Zadeh as Woman of the Year, in recognition of her outstanding community and professional achievement. Mrs Ali-Zadeh has already performed at UNESCO Headquarters, on the occasion of the celebrations of the UNESCO’s 60th anniversary, which took place in November 2005.