NIS students receive international acclaim
Students of Nazarbayev Intellectual School from Astana won the hearts of the American audience performing on stage in Boston. Young virtuosos performed an hour-long program featuring Kazakh folk compositions kuis. Last year, the team won the Grand Prix at the folk musical instruments competition in Italy. It was there that the talented school students from Kazakhstan were noticed and invited to perform in the United States.
A virtuoso performance is achieved not only with talent. Behind all this is hard work, many hours of rehearsals and, of course, the teacher’s mentoring. Between lessons on algebra, geometry and physics, the students hone their musical skills in this classroom.
Aitzhan TOKTAGAN, TEACHER, NAZARBAYEV INTELLECTUAL SCHOOL OF PHYSICS AND MATHEMATICS, ASTANA:
It is so good that Math school students demonstrate artistic skills. They try to be versatile. There is a good trend abroad: if university applicants have received the same number of points on admission, the committee looks at their talents and gives preference to those who have them.
School students perform complex Kazakh kuis at a professional level. Moreover, the ensemble's repertoire includes not only folk compositions; they masterfully perform contemporary works as well. Moreover, the choice of a musical instrument was not accidental for many of children.
Saniya MUKHANOVA, STUDENT, NAZARBAYEV INTELLECTUAL SCHOOL OF PHYSICS AND MATHEMATICS, ASTANA:
My childhood dream was to play the dombra like the great kuishi Dina, and, taking her as an example for myself, as an idol, I started playing dombra when I was in the second grade. I realized that dombra is important for me, something dear to my heart.
Another pilot project will help to reveal more musical talents in the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools. Dombra lessons were included in the curriculum this year for the middle school classes. If the project proves successful it will be introduced in all other intellectual schools.