The remarkable folk artistry of the Kurmangazy Orchestra, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, has drawn rave reviews in London, Vienna, Rome, Paris, Berlin, and Tokyo.

The Kazakh State Chamber Orchestra, “Academy of Soloists” brings together talented string musicians who are winners of many prestigious international prizes.

It is a young ensemble but has already won acclaim and the gratitude of its listeners in many countries. The Academy’s repertoire includes works by Mozart, Paganini, Tchaikovsky, and Bernstein, as well as modern Kazakh composers, such as Almaz Serkebayev and Tles Kazhgaliev.

The concerts drew warm reviews from the Washington Post, the Washington Times and brought true pleasure to listeners and helped them develop a feeling for the culture and history of our independent Kazakhstan.

Below is a selection of pictures from both concerts.
Melodies and Songs of the Kazakh Steppes

First ever concerts
of Kazakh traditional and classical music
in the United States of America
Concert Hall
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566
Tuesday, February 1, 2005
8:00 pm

Isaac Stern Auditorium
Carnegie Hall
881 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Thursday, February 3, 2005
8:00 p.m.
The renowned Kazakh State Kurmangazy Orchestra of Folk Instruments and Kazakh State Chamber Orchestra “Academy of Soloists” presented the Melodies and Songs of the Kazakh Steppes for the first time ever in the United States of America.

The concert program included traditional Kazakh melodies, kyuis (koo-eez), reflecting the freedom loving spirit and ancient history of the Kazakhs and their jovial and unfailing good nature, as well as classical music from Kazakhstan and the world beyond Kazakhstan’s borders.
Aitkali Zhaimov, the Conductor of the Kurmangazy Kazakh State Orchestra
of Folk Instruments, and his orchestra.
Embassy of Kazakhstan
1401 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Tel. 202 232 5488, Fax. 202 232 5845
Aiman Mussakhodjaeva, renowned violonist and winner of many international musical awards, is the founder of the Kazakh State Chamber Orchestra "Academy of Soloists".
Click links below to listen to some of the folk music featured at the concert:
Kurmangazy - Kyui "Sary Arka" Tattimbet - Kyui "Sarzhailau"
Top: Aiman Mussakhodjayeva tosses off some of her "dizzyingly virtuoso passages" on stage of the Carnegie Hall accompanied by the Academy of Soloists.

Left: The poster announcing the concert at the Carnegie Hall on February 3.

Below: Edil Khussainov (center) plays zhetygen, an ancient instrument, as his colleagues Ardak Itekeyeva and the musicians of the Kurmangazy Orchestra look on.

Top left: Soprano Zhannat Baktai after her performance.

Top right: Baritone Talgat Musabayev performs a ballad "Song About Beautiful Khosni and Khorlan" accompanied by the Kurmangazy Orchestra.

Below: Artists of both orchestras and soloists take a bow after their perfomance at New York's Carnegie Hall on February 3. Their audience greeted them with a standing ovation.
"The impression of galloping horses across vast, grassy steppes... An intriguing evening"
-- Julia Duin, The Washington Times

"Fast and bright"
-- Andrew Lindemann Malone, The Washington Post