Biography

Biography
Composer, conductor, musical expert, ethnographer, People’s Artist of Kaz.SSR, Doctor of art criticism, Academician of Academy of Sciences of Kaz.SSR, State Prize winner of Kaz.SSR

Биография

Zhubanov Akhmet

(1906-1968)


Composer, conductor, musical expert, ethnographer, People’s Artist of Kaz.SSR, Doctor of art criticism, Academician of Academy of Sciences of Kaz.SSR, State Prize winner of Kaz.SSR.

Graduated from the historical and theoretical faculty of Leningrad Conservatory in 1932. In 1932-1933 was a post-graduate of the Art Criticism Academy.

In 1934 he founded the Kazakh folk orchestra (now Kurmangazy Kazakh State Academic Folk Orchestra). Zhubanov was at the head of Alma-Ata State Conservatory. He had the honour of opening the Jambul Kazakh State Philharmonic Society. He was one of the founders of the republican Academy of Sciences, organised the art criticism section, which eventually became a part of the Auezov Institute of Literature and Art. The organisational, creative, scholarly, pedagogical, and social activity of Zhubanov formed the whole epoch in the history of Kazakhstani musical culture. He was at the source of professional musical education, musical creative work and music studies.

The name of the academician-composer Zhubanov stands beside the names of outstanding public figures that laid the foundations of Kazakh culture. The operas «Abai» and «Tulegen Tokhtarov» with L.Khamidi, the symphonic compositions: «Marsh pamyati Kurmangazy (March for Kurmangazy)», «Zhez kiik», a Kazakh dance suite, the piano compositions «Saranzhap», «Korogli», a chorus, songs, romances, theatrical music and cinematic scores, academic works «The Life and Creative Work of Kazakh Popular Composers of the XIX and Early XX Centuries», «The Strings of Centuries», «The Nightingales of Centuries», «Mukan Tulebaev», «Kurmangazy»; ethnographic researches of Kazakh folk songs and kiuis, recordings of Kurmangazy’s and Dauletkerei’s kiuis and many other compositions of A. Zhubanov made valuable contribution to the development of Kazakh musical culture.