Zhanar Suleimanova was born in Almaty in the family of scientists. She began her musical studies at the age of 4 years. Since 1981 to 1992 the pianist studied in the Kulyash Baiseitova Republican Specialized Music School for gifted children both in the piano class (teachers: Menzia Daukeyeva and professor Zhaniya Aubakirova) and in the composition class (teachers: Bahtiyar Amanzholov and professor Gaziza Zhubanova). Zhanar Suleimanova has finished the school with the Gold Medal both as a pianist and as a composer.
Since 1992 to 1997 Zhanar Suleimanova studied in Gnessin’s Russian Academy of Music in Moscow with the professor Arkady Sevidov. Since 1997 to 1999 the pianist was a post-graduate student of P.I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (classes of the professors Natalya Trull and Yelena Richter).
Since January 2000 to present Zhanar Suleimanova is a soloist of Zhambyl Kazakh State Philharmonic Society in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The pianist continued to develop her piano skills taking numerous master-classes of the European professors, as Klaus Hellwig (Germany), Walter Krafft (Germany), Vincenzo Balzani (Italy).
In 2006 Zhanar Suleimanova became a scholarship-holder of the Italian Government and received Conservatory Training at the Milan Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi” with the professor Paolo Bordoni(1 November, 2006-1 February 2007).
Zhanar Suleimanova won several prizes of different Piano Competition. In 1990 the pianist won Republican Competition receiving the First Prize. In 1991 she received the First Prize of the Regional Competition in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). In April 1992 the pianist was the finalist of the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition in Joplin, USA. In August 2000 Zhanar Suleimanova received Diploma of finalist and Silver Medal of finalist of the International Competition “Palma d’Oro” in Italy, Liguria. And in March 2014 Zhanar Suleimanova received “Ricardo Vines” Prize of the International Piano Competition of Orleans, France (OCI). This Competition is specialized on the music of the Twentieth and Twenty First Centuries. The prize was received for the best performance of the French work written from 1900 to 1940.
Zhanar Suleimanova was a scholarship-holder of different countries: the scholarship “New names” of the Russian Cultural Foundation received in December 1992, the possibility of free education and the scholarship of the Gnessin’s Russian Academy of Music in 1994, “Rildia Bee O’Bryan Cliburn” Scholarship of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, USA (1994), the Scholarship of the President of Kazakhstan (1997), above-mentioned Italian scholarship (2006).
Zhanar Suleimanova began her concert activity at the age of 7 years; she performed as a soloist with orchestra at the age of 9 years. The first recital was given at the age of 14 years. During her concert activity the pianist gave hundreds of concerts, among them more than 130 recitals performing not only in Kazakhstan, but also in Russia (Moscow, Saint –Petersburg), in Italy(Milan, Meran, Varallo), in Germany(Munich, Lenggries, Mittenwald, Fellbach), USA(Joplin). The prestigious halls where the pianist played recitals or solo performances are Rachmaninov and Small of Moscow Conservatory, the Hall of the Composers’ Society in Moscow, the Hall of the Palace of Youth in Moscow, the Hall of the All-Russian Musical Society in Moscow, the Hall of the House of Scientists in St. Petersburg, the Hall of the Cultural Foundation in Moscow, the Small Hall at Philharmonie im Gasteig in Munich(recital), recitals in different historical castles in Germany and Italy, “Sala Puccini” of Milan Conservatory.
Zhanar Suleimanova played as a soloist with different orchestras of Kazakhstan in Almaty, Astana and Karaganda with internationally renowned conductors as Tolepbergen Abdrashev (Kazakhstan), Christophe Mangou (France), Vag Papyan (Israel), Rashid Skuratov (Tatarstan, Russia), Kazakhstani conductors Kanat Akhmetov, Pavel Tarasevitch, Erbolat Akhmedyarov, Arman Urazgaliyev and others.
Zhanar Suleimanova performed as a chamber ensemble member with Kazakh State Quartet of String Instruments named after Gaziza Zhubanova, with Kazakh State Quintet of Wind Instruments and also in duo, trio and quartet with different instrumental performers from Kazakhstan, Russia, France.
Zhanar Suleimanova took part in different International Piano Festivals as “Altyn Alma” in 1989 in Almaty, “Russian Winter” in 1992 in Moscow, also Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Brahms International Festivals in Almaty, performing recitals of the music of these authors.
Zhanar Suleimanova has extremely wide repertory from the Baroque epoch to contemporary music. She made recitals devoted to only one author as W.A. Mozart(2006, 2016), L. Beethoven(2003, 2005, 2007), F. Schubert(2011), F. Chopin(2010), R. Schumann(2000, 2010), F. Liszt(2011), J. Brahms(2010, 2013), S. Rachmaninov(2013), C. Debussy(2012), S. Prokofiev(2011, 2016), B. Bartok(2016).
The pianist performed as a soloist the number of following concertos with orchestra: no. 20 in d minor, K. 466 by W.A. Mozart, no. 3 in c minor, Op. 37, no. 4 in G major, op, 58, no. 5 in E-flat major, op. 73 by L. Beethoven, no. 1 in e minor, op. 11 and no. 2 in f minor, op. 21 by F. Chopin, no. 1 in d minor, op. 15 by Brahms, no. 1 and no.3 by S. Prokofiev, no. 1 in b-flat minor by P.I. Tchaikovsky, concerto in a minor by R. Schumann, concerto no. 1 in E-flat major by F. Liszt, “Fantasy on Ryabinin’s themes’ by A. Arensky.
Zhanar Suleimanova gave the series of lectures-recitals in different Universities and schools of Almaty as “Adilet School of Law”, S. Asfandiyarov Kazakh National Medical University, music schools and taught “Introduction to Music” in English in Kazakhstani Institute of Management, Economics, and Strategic Research (KIMEP). The pianist wrote different articles for musical magazine “Seven Notes” (in 2000-2002) and for the newspaper “New Generation” (“Novoye Pokoleniye”) in 2000-2003.
Zhanar Suleimanova received Kazakhstani Awards as a State Medal “20 years of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan” in 2011 and “Akhmet Baitursynov” Silver Medal of the Association of the High Schools of Kazakhstan (2012).
In October 2017 Zhanar Suleimanova received the State Prize of Hungary “Pro Cultura Hungarica”.