Young Shymkent Singer Honoured in Russian Music Competition

MargaritaSHYMKENT – Young Kazakh singer Margarita Kin has won the Bach’s Spring International Festival Contest held in Magnitogorsk, Russia.

In two rounds of competition, Kin performed the aria from Bach’s oratorio “St. Matthew Passion” and Adele’s couplets from the operetta “Die Fledermaus,” by Johann Strauss, winning over the jury headed by Luz Leskovitz, artistic director and conductor of the Salzburg Palace Concerts. Kin won in her category and was honoured as one of the best performers in all musical genres by the festival.

This is Kin’s third major award in three years. Last year, the young singer won the national Dostar competition of young operetta performers. The year before, she took first place at the eighth Musical Garden Rübezahl International Opera Festival in the Polish town of Karpacz.

A graduate of the South Kazakhstan Music College and the Institute of Culture, Kin for many years has been working in the ensemble of Russian folk instruments directed by Alexander Korotkov. She plays several musical instruments, including rare instruments like the small domra (a traditional Russian and Ukrainian string instrument) and mandolin.

Several years ago, Kin took a serious interest in singing. Her desire to do everything in a professional manner led her to the vocal department of a conservatory.

“Her success is natural. She has a beautiful voice and amazing vocalisations, which she constantly develops and improves. I am glad that we have a festival like Bach’s Spring in Russia. It is necessary for cultural balance. The potential of the Russian school of music is huge, but we should not focus narrowly on the Russian classics. Bach’s music is a world language that unites peoples and countries,” Korotkov said.