KAZAKH ARTISTS ON TOUR
Kazakh musicians are winning the hearts of foreign audience. Kazakh composers performed at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York. Pianist Aida Akhmetova performed ‘The Legend of Dombra’ music poem and world’s classics. It is not the first performance of the laureate of international and republican competitions, student of Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts on this stage. It was this stage that brought her victory on the international pianists’ competition. Now the Kazakh musician is shining in the other prestigious festival. Famous foreign musicians, critics and teachers have noticed the high level of her performance.
GEORGY BORISSOV, PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CHILDREN, YOUTH AND ADULT CREATIVITY:
- The festival’s main idea is to bring novice artists, students and professional musicians who have already won recognition on one stage. Last year Aida Akhmetova performed at Carnegie Hall as a representative of the University of Vienna, but this year she was invited to Carnegie Hall as the winner of the contest in New York, as a representative of Kazakhstan.
AIDA AKHMETOVA, PIANIST:
- This summer I am planning to give a number of solo concerts with my sister, violinist Leila Akhmetova who also studies at Vienna University. We will give a number of concerts in Austria and perform Kazakh and foreign composers’ music.
Kobyz music was played on the Russian land as well. Raushan Orazbayeva’s Chamber concert was held at Moscow National Arts House. The musician says that kylkobyz doesn’t just create music but narrates a story. The musician retained the magic power of the Kazakh national musical instrument in her performance.
RAUSHAN ORAZBAYEVA, MUSICIAN:
- Kobyz, I think, was given to mankind from gods in order to soothe their souls and understand the meaning of life. Kui is a sacred message left from our ancestors.
The concert featured kuis by Korkyt, Ykhylas, Sugur and modern composers. Raushan Orazbayeva is not just a performer; she also collects forgotten melodies of ancient times.
KLARA AINAGULOVA, SPECTATOR:
- I am amazed. This musical instrument is amazing; the music it produces is wonderful. It provokes images of horses galloping through the endless steppe, and you see it in the music.
VIJAY GAJI, SPECTATOR:
- This is what the soul demands, it is lovely. It was perfect. In a changing world, unfortunately, these beautiful ancient instruments are forgotten in some places, but this music should be everywhere. This instrument brings out extraordinary beauty of music.