ASTANA – Almaty-based quartet Qazaq Quartet was named a laureate of the June 14-21 International Contest Award in Padua, Italy, liter.kz reported.
The young musicians, Timur Talanov (violin), Eldar Aitbekov (cello), Adilet Abdrakhmanova (violin) and Zarina Sugurova (viola), have been guided by Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory Associate Professor Gulzhan Sapargaliyeva.
“We have been playing a quartet since February. The idea of a quartet popped up because of the international competition in Italy. Professionals were invited to join. This is the first award in a serious competition for our young team. I believe that’s a start. This trip has brought us together, inspired us to go further to new victories,” Talanov told local media in an interview.
The quartet performed a piece by Georgian composer Sulkhan Tsintsadze dedicated to Dmitry Shostakovich called Quartet No. 9. In the final, the Qazaq Quartet faced bands from Hungary and Italy and took overall third place.
The quartet found sponsors before the trip by making a deal to represent art organisation Beibitshilik Alemi.
The contest included young talents from Italy, Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Russia, South Korea, China and Singapore.