is a preeminent Kazakh violinist and a prominent public figure who currently serves as the Rector and Founder of the Kazakh National University of Arts, as well as the Artistic Director of the Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra.
Throughout her career, she has received numerous prestigious awards and titles, and 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. Her recent album, in collaboration with the leading American composer Lowell Liebermann, features the world premiere of his works for violin and orchestra. It was released by the American Blue Griffin Record label, with the composer himself on the piano. The album is scheduled for an official release on May 19, 2023, on all major streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and more.Click here
She 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 Center, Avery Fisher Hall (New York), Musikverein (Vienna), Gaveau, Cortot, and Pleyel Concert Halls (Paris), Santa Cecilia (Rome), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Guildhall (London), and Konzerthaus (Berlin).
Aiman 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).
She 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.
Aiman Mussakhajayeva received the State Prize of Peace and Progress from 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.
She graduated with honors from the Baiseitova State Music School (class of Professor M. Patrusheva) and Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (class of Professor Valeriy Klimov).
Aiman Mussakhajayeva performs on the violin by Antonio Stradivari (1732).
She is the subject of a new documentary film from the producers behind "The Conductor" (celebrating Marin Alsop).