Music of Austria

Concert Series

“Around the World with the Kazakh Quartet”

(Music of Austria)

On 30 May 2017, the famous Gaziza Zhubanova State String Quartet will give a concert with the participation of People’s Artist of Kazakhstan, Laureate of the State Prize Nurzhamal Ussenbayeva (soprano).

This is one of the finest chamber ensembles not only in Kazakhstan but also in the world: numerous titles and awards given by many prestigious international music forums are a testimony to it. The G. Zhubanova Quartet is notable for great performance mastery, filigree-playing technique, clean and harmonious sound, which is achieved not only thanks to talent, but also thanks to endless hard work.

The Quartet continues a series of concerts from “Around the World with the Kazakh Quartet” series given in the Chamber Hall of the Astana Opera House, presenting the Austrian composers’ music. The programme includes works by the great romantic composer Franz Schubert and one of the creators of the modern musical language of the twentieth century, the innovator Arnold Schoenberg.

There will be performed Schoenberg’s String Quartet No.2 (1908), which has become a landmark in both the composer’s work and the history of music in general. The work combines the features of the 19th century romanticism and modernism of the early 20th century. The third and fourth movements of String Quartet No. 2 are quite unusual, as they also include a soprano singer (soloist - Nurzhamal Ussenbayeva).

Wherever the musicians perform and whatever the programme of the concert is, they always play the works by the Kazakh composers.

On the programme:

A. Schoenberg. String Quartet No. 2 in F Sharp Minor (with soprano), op. 10

F.Schubert. String Quartet No.14 in D Minor Death and the Maiden

Makhambet. Zhumyr Kylysh

The String Quartet is composed of:

Aidar Toktaliyev (1st violin)

Alexei Lebedev (2nd violin)

Bekzat Sailaubaiuly (viola)

Yernar Myntayev (cello)


Artistic Director

Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan Yernar Myntayev


Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Management reserves the right to substitute performers and works performed