Classics in Fashion, a piano concert performed by Kazakh pianist Assel Abilseitova was held in Astana Opera’s Chamber Hall. A graduate of London's Royal Academy of Music performed the famous Preludes by Sergei Rachmaninov, suite "The Fog" by Czech composer Leos Janacek. Critics called his music a surprisingly modern and fresh, and at the same time vivid and volatile as life itself.

ASSEL ABILSEITOVA, PIANIST:

This is my first performance in Astana Opera. The building and the Chamber Hall have impressed me a lot. It has been a very exciting moment for me. I have selected this program so to make the audience feel relaxed and enjoy the music.

The pianist also played a piece by Robert Schumann for the metropolitan audience. Intensity and freedom inherent to his expressive music with sudden contrasts and transitions have mesmerized the audience. The concert was a boon for both classical music lovers, and for Assel’s friends and relatives. Her relatives came to support the pianist in her debut in Kazakhstan’s main theater. 

MAGISHA NURGALIYEVA, PIANIST’S GRANDMOTHER:

I am so happy for Assel and I am proud of her. She achieved a lot: she studied in England, and then she received a Master’s degree in Switzerland. It is my first time at her concert in Astana Opera. I wish there would be more talented young people like her in Kazakhstan.

At present, the young musician represents Kazakhstan abroad. Assel Abilseitova has already performed in famous concert halls of the UK, Italy, Germany, France and some other countries. Assel says her main goal is the promotion of Kazakh performing arts in the world.

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