Preparation for Junior Eurovision

Junior Eurovision provides new opportunities for young contestants and develops the music industry for children in Kazakhstan. The application for the prestigious festival is opened on Channel Khabar’s website for children who want to demonstrate their talents.

YEVGENIYA LOZHKINA, INSTRUCTOR, MUSIC SCHOOL:

 - It is a wonderful startup for Kazakhstan, allowing the children to demonstrate their talents and also to establish new ties with other countries. It is a great learning experience for the children. This is a worldwide event, therefore the children will learn a lot from this contest.

Ayana Kazhimova from Uralsk has represented Kazakhstan in international song competitions for two years. The talent of the young Kazakh singer was recognized internationally in 2016. Ayana won gold, silver and bronze medals at Riga Symphony, an international contest for young performers. Last year, she was invited to the children and youth talent festival, Rudaga New Star in Jurmala, Latvia. She was the only contestant who received The Best Voice award out of 300 children at the event.

AYANA KAZHYMOVA, WINNER OF INTERNATIONAL SONG CONTESTS

I evolve as a professional by competing at international contests. I have to work a lot on my voice. I can feel that it grew stronger. I learn a lot from children from other countries. I noticed that the vocal abilities of my foreign fellow contestants are much higher and that their coaches are very professional. Our strength is in soulfulness and traditional songs.

Meanwhile, 11-year old Sayat Alikhan from Taraz has won five national and three international competitions over the last five years. The young vocalist prefers to sing in Kazakh and Italian.

SAYAT ALIKHAN, WINNER OF INTERNATIONAL SONG CONTESTS:                                   

-I took part in a contest in Turkey recently where children from 20 countries competed. They were all well prepared. My strongest competitor was from Kazakhstan. I believed in myself and won the grand prize. Such contests help to make new friends and exchange experience.

An individual approach should be given to the children to enhance their musical abilities. The coaches said good results can be achieved based on the children’s dedication and diligence.

NATALYA PEREPELITSA, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR:

 - Our coaches put a lot of efforts and soul in the children. They pay attention to the slightest details in training their students. The most important part of the work is to pick songs for the children. The song should definitely be in harmony with the child’s age, emotional mood and vocal range. We always pick traditional Kazakh songs for performances in other countries, so that people living there learn more about our culture.

Composer Maksat Zhautykov is a professional who is an expert in unique Kazakh song and music potential. He trained a number of young talents and helped them to gain recognition and popularity. His students competed at the Slavic Bazaar song contest and other prestigious international competitions.

MAKSAT ZHAUTYKOV, COMPOSER, PRODUCER:

 - Our children are welcomed at international competitions because they have great costumes, vocal abilities and natural talents. We are good at singing. Our competitors at international contests are Georgians, Armenians, Bulgarians, Ukrainians and Russians.

A record number of 19 countries will participate in this year’s Junior Eurovision. The application for Kazakhstan’s national selection is opened until August 31st