The Akhmet Zhubanov Orchestra of Kazakh Folk Instruments from Aktobe has represented Kazakhstan at the Fifth International Festival of Folk Orchestra in Moscow. The festival, held at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, gathered the world’s best folk orchestras including bands from Belarus, Japan and Russia.

52 Kazakhs artists performed music composed by famous composers such as Akhmet and Gaziza Zhubanovs, Yevgeny Brusilovsky, Kurmangazy and Kazangap. The orchestras were played using the lengendary kuis, dombyra, kobyz, sazsyrnay and kylkobyz. The skilled performances of the Kazakh musicians were highly praised by the judges and music experts.

YELUBAY KENZHALIYEV, DIRECTOR, GAZIZA ZHUBANOVA REGIONAL PHILHARMONIC, AKTOBE:

- As part of the Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity program, we present the works of the distinguished Kazakh composers to the spectators from various countries. We believe that our obligation is to promote the Kazakh heritage.

BORIS VORON, FESTIVAL’S ART DIRECTOR:

- The Orchestra from Kazakhstan amazed us and left an unforgettable impression on us. This orchestra is highly professional. There are a great number of orchestras, beautiful costumes and wonderful modern instruments that they play.  

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