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Nevada Opera and Steinway Piano Gallery present renowned pianist Azamat Sydykov this Friday
For much of his life, since leaving his homeland of Kyrgystan at the age of 14, Azamat Sydykov has been committed to using his art as a catalyst for positive change in the international community, striving to build global connections through music. The first President of Kyrgyzstan, Academic, Askar Akaev played a unique role in Azamat’s fate when he gave his full support to the young pianist early on after noticing his budding talent. Over the next twelve years Azamat accompanied the Kyrgyz President during state visits, performing in front of many heads of state, working to conserve and develop the rich musical traditions of his country and promoting classical music and western culture throughout Kyrgystan, which is located in the heart of Asia. His recordings of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, Liszt’s First Concerto and Beethoven’s Fifth concerto recorded with the Kyrgyz National Symphony Orchestra were entered into the Golden Fund of Kyrgyz National TV and Radio Corporation, an official archive of great moments in Kyrgyz performing arts.
After studying for 7 years at the famed Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, he was discovered in 2011 by Professor Pavlina Dokovska, Chair of the piano department at Mannes College of the New School University in New York City. Upon hearing him play, Dokovska described him as “a pianist of uncommon sensitivity, technical verve and refinement beyond his years”.
In May of 2014 Azamat Sydykov made history with his solo debut recital at Weil Hall in Carnegie Hall, the first appearance of a Kyrgyz musician at this great hall.
Despite his celebrity status in his home country and growing fame in the US and abroad, Azamat remains modest and unassuming, “I just want to be one with the music, sharing the composers thoughts and feelings, to express beauty, and to make this world a little happier.”
This Friday, with support from Nevada Opera and in partnership with Steinway Piano Gallery, he will present a recital of Russian favorites, which also includes one of the most famous compositions from an Armenian composer – a brilliant piano version of the iconic Adagio from Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian. But Azamat starts his program where his musical journey began – with Sergei Rachmaninoff.
“Rachmaninoff means a lot to me. I think my decision to become a pianist is really related to his music, his art, because when I was a little boy and heard his recordings, I was just astonished,” Azamat recalls. “His music is very passionate, very emotional, and sometimes a little crazy. Think I found myself through this music.” The program concludes with the Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky. “I think, more than anything else, this tells the story of Russian life, perhaps better than any other work in the repertoire,” he mused. “It is a musical journey of vividly colorful miniatures, pieced together seamlessly to form a powerful structure full of the most honest emotional intensity and humanity.”
Azamat’s concert is at Steinway Piano Gallery of Reno (500 E Moana Ln, Reno, NV 89502) on July 10 at 7:00 pm. Admission is free, with optional donation