is an acclaimed Kazakh violinist and public figure who is the current Rector and founder of the Kazakh National University of Arts and artistic director of Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra. Throughout her illustrious career, she has received numerous prestigious awards and titles.
Mussakhajayeva is the People's Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan and a UNESCO "Artist for Peace" honoree (1998). She was awarded the Highest State Award "Kazakhstan Enbek Eri" for her outstanding contribution to the development of the culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
She is an Academician of the International Academy of Art (1998) and a Cavalier of the President of Italy's Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. She has also received the Gustav Mahler Silver Medal, the Vatican Award, and the Santa Cecilia Silver Cup for her contributions to the development and strengthening of cultural ties between the two countries. She has also been named a Cavalier of the Order of "Friendship" (Russia), a laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the fields of literature, art, and architecture (2000), and a laureate of Kazakhstan's independent patrons' award "Platinum Tarlan" (2002).
Aiman Mussakhajayeva was included in the World Honorary IC "2000 Outstanding Musicians of the 20th Century" and the University of Cambridge Encyclopedic Dictionary "Outstanding Musicians of the 20th Century" in 2002. The International Biographical Centre of Cambridge bestowed the honorary title "International Musician of 2003" upon her.
Mussakhajayeva received the State Prize of Peace and Progress of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as the international Prize "Stars of the Commonwealth," for her outstanding achievements in the field of musical art. She is also a member of the Tchaikovsky International Competition Laureates Association.
Throughout her career, Mussakhajayeva has collaborated with many renowned musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Bruno Canino, Viktor Tretyakov, Eduard Grach, Pavel Gililov, Vladimir Spivakov, Christian Schulz, David Geringas and Gudni Emilsson. She has also released numerous CDs, including two CDs on Deutsche Grammophon with pianist Pavel Gililov and the Wiener Symphoniker.
Mussakhajayeva has performed with many leading symphony and chamber orchestras, including the Wiener Symphoniker, Royal Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonico di Roma, the National Symphony Orchestra of Russia, and the European Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has worked with many esteemed conductors, including Vladimir Fedoseyev, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mikhail Pletnev, Pavel Kogan, Vladimir Spivakov, Saulius Sondetskis, Mikhail Yurovsky, and Fuat Mansurov.
Aiman Mussakhajayeva has won awards at the International Competition in Belgrade (Yugoslavia, 1976), the N. Paganini International Competition in Genoa (Italy, 1981), the Tokyo International Competition (Japan, 1983), the Sibelius International Competition in Helsinki (Finland, 1985), and the P. Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow (Russia, 1986). She has performed at some of the world's most prestigious venues, including the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (Moscow), Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre, Avery Fisher Hall (New York), Musikverein (Vienna), Gaveau, Cortot, and Pleyel Concert Halls (Paris), Santa Cecilia (Rome), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Vigmor Hall, Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Guildhall (London), Konzerthaus (Berlin) (Berlin, Vienna).
She graduated with honors from the Kazakhstan State Music School named after K. Baiseitova (class of Professor N.M. Patrusheva) and Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (class of Professor Valeriy Klimov).
Aiman Mussakhajayeva performs on the violin by Antonio Stradivari (1732).
From 2015 to 2017, Aiman Mussakhajayeva served as the Honorary President of the Eurasia International Film Festival, which was organized by Kazakhstan's Ministry of Culture. During her tenure, she actively participated in the organization and operating of "Eurasia," which grew significantly and became prominent within the film industry, hosting a number of celebrities such as Nicolas Cage, Adrien Brody, John Malkovich, and film critic Klaus Eder. The Eurasian International Film Festival is a significant event in the film industry, providing filmmakers with the opportunity to present their work and network with other professionals.
In 2017, for the first time in Kazakhstani cinema history, a Kazakhstani pavilion was opened at the film market of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, and Aiman was invited as an Honorary guest and walked the red carpet at the festival's opening ceremony.