Kazakh State String Quartet named after G.Zhubanova


State Wind Orchestra of Republic of Kazakhstan

When back in 1988 the teacher of the Republican school for gifted children named after A. Zhubanova, Dina Churenova, offered to four friends to play in a quartet, she even could not imagine that this team will grow into the most outstanding chamber ensemble of Kazakhstan. Assiduous rehearsals have started, they followed by first successes and fateful meeting.
During education at the Conservatory, the team went to their first performances at the international level. Mrs. Gaziza Zhubanova took care of talented team since its school time, often came to the concerts and once sad to the director of the philharmonic, Ms. Mukhtar Uteuov, “Dear Mukhtar, keep this team structure. You will see, these guys will show the world the high level of our art.”
Today there is no wonder that the team is named after this great woman. The quartet received the state status, which is a great responsibility. An improvement is a natural process that led them to the competition of string quartets named after Shostakovich, where they were noticed by the titanium of quartet art, Valentin Berlinskiy. Kazakhstan Embassy asked him to give a master class.
Having listened the game of Kazakhstanis, he said, «Guys, I see that your eyes are burning. You are not just fans of quartet music but fanatics. From that day you can always call me, if I am in Moscow, I will be giving free lessons for you.» Until the end of his life he took a patronage over «his Kazakhs» as he put it. With such great master in alliance, the quartet began its triumphal march around the world. It was not easy to get a course from the member of “Hagen” quartet, Rainer Schmidt, which today is considered as one of the top quartets in the world.
Rainer suggested them to go through the qualifying competition, «Come and take part in the competition, if you deserve, I’ll take you, if there will be musicians better than you, then do not be offended.» The quartet said, “Give us a chance and we’ll get this place.” Gaining experience from the best schools in the world GSK quartet find their unique sound that strikes the hearts of true lovers of high quality quartet music.

  • 1990-1995 Kurmangazy conservatory, Almaty
  • 1999-2004 studies with Professor V.Berlinsky (Borodin Quartet), Moscow
  • 2004-2006 Escuela Superior de musica Reina Sofia, Madrid, R.Schmidt (Hagen Quartet)

Master classes:
Kazakh Quartet participated in maser classes of the following ensembles:
Amadeus Quartet, Bartok Quartet, Smetana Quartet, Alban Berg Quartet, Yanagek Quartet, Mosaic Quartet, Hagen Quartet.

  • 1993 – Sakharov prize, Moscow
  • 1995 – 1st prize, International Chamber Music Competition “Golden Autumn”, Khmelnitsky, Ukraine
  • 1999 – 3rd prize, Shostakovich String Quartet International competition, Moscow
  • 2001 – 3rd prize, Shostakovich String Quartet International competition, Moscow

Grand Prix and the President’s Cup, ”Shabyt” International competition, Kazakhstan
Grand Prix, ”Rovere d’Oro” International competition, Italy, San Bartolomeo
2nd prize, Bellini International competition, Sicily, Italy
Finalists of the International competition, Bordeaux, France
2004 — 2nd prize, Shostakovich String Quartet International Competition, Moscow
2005 — 2nd prize, String Quartet International competition, Osaka, Japan
Diploma for the best ensemble of the Eskuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia, bestowed personally by the Queen of Spain
2010-2012 — The Kazakh Quartet studied by the JSC International program “Bolashak” in Switzerland, the city Basel, in an Academy of music and was taught by the professor Rainer Shmidt. Master of Arts, specialization of musical Performance, Chamber music.