Ayupova and Uzenbayeva to Perform at Astana Opera

AoKazakh violinist Aida Ayupova and pianist Gulzhan Uzenbayeva will give a concert titled “An Evening of Chamber Music” on April 5 at the Astana Opera Chamber Hall. The concert will be held with support from the International Foundation Congress of Spiritual Concord.

Violinist Ayupova and pianist Uzenbayeva will perform together one of the most famous chamber pieces of Ludwig van Beethoven, Kreutzer Sonata No. 9.

The event will also feature jazz pieces, including 20th century Russian composer Igor Frolov’s works from George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess.” Contemporary violinists frequently play Frolov because his music is popular.

Musicologist Marzhan Zhakenova noted that chamber music, unlike symphonic or opera music, is intended to be performed in a chamber setting.

“After all, chamber music is the art of friendly musical conversation. The origins of chamber music lie in home music making. Today, true chamber music is not just played, it is used as a form of communication and is capable of creating a special spiritual connection between people,” Zhakenova said.

Ayupova is honoured in Kazakhstan. She is the winner of the Chateau de Courcillon international violin competition in France and the Grand Prix and Gold Medal winner at the International Championship of Performing Arts (Los Angeles.) She is a member of the Ulytau ethnic rock group.

Uzenbayeva has been named a laureate at international competitions, is a member of the Composers’ Union of Kazakhstan, a soloist for the Zhambyl Kazakh State Philharmonic, the winner of a Kazakhstan state grant for the creation of socially significant works and an assistant professor of the piano department at Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory. 

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