Born to a poor family in a town 100 kilometers from the capital city of Baku, Qasimov displayed musical talent from a very early age. His first instrument was a frame drum whose skin came from a goat that his father slaughtered. He later studied at the Mugham School in Baku.
Qasimov painstakingly mastered the complexities of the mugham. At the age of 25, he won his first competition. In 1989, he formed a band with the Mansurov brothers -- Malik on tar (lute) and Eshan on kamanche (violin). ~ Craig Harris, Rovi