He graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory named after PI Tchaikovsky. He studied in the class of People’s Artist of Russia, Professor N.Shahovskoy.
His victories at international competitions: International Cello Competition – 1st Prize, Austria, 1996 .; International Competition. K.Vilkamirskogo – 2nd prize, Poland, 1997 .; International contest of young performers, instrumentalists – 3 premium, Moldova, 1998 .; International Festival “Shabyt” creative youth – 1st prize, Astana, 1999 .; First International Competition of Chamber Ensembles. Taneyev – 3 premium, Russia, 2002 .; International Competition for string players, instrumentalists “Kichompre” – 2nd prize, France 2005. In 2008 E.Kurmanaevlaureate of the First President Fund.
Performs solo concerts with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra, participates in numerous concerts of chamber music in the composition of philharmonic trio, as well as a duet with pianist A.Tleubergenov with which the International Competition Chamber Ensemble Performance TarasGaidamovich in Magnitogorsk (Russia, 2009) won the first prize. He has toured extensively throughout the country. E. Kurmanaev was the first time the use in the country such as the large canvas cello Symphony – Prokofiev Concerto, Concerto for Cello and Orchestra G. Zhubanova, concerto for cello and orchestra by R. Schumann, Pezzo Capriccioso Tchaikovsky first concerto for cello and orchestra D.Shostakovich. The chamber hall Philharmonic performed in the cycle of concerts “To the 200th anniversary of Chopin” Chopin Cello Sonata.
A brilliant virtuoso, a profound musician E.Kurmanaev with dignity is the Kazakh performing arts abroad.