Aziz ShokhakimovRepresentation: Austria | Germany* | Switzerland | France
Contact: Stefan Fragner
At the end, the large audience went literally mad... An incredible conductor, just 22 years old, that we hope will be secured as Principal Guest Conductor of the Comunale Orchestra before another theatre discovers his great talent.
Il Resto del Carlino (January 2011)
Finale was striking in the unleashing of undreamed-of energy. Many only scratch the surface with excessive tempo, but here there was real depth.
Sächsische Zeitung (26th August 2011)
The remarkable young conductor Aziz Shokhakimov burst on the scene at the age of just 21 by astounding audiences in Bamberg, where he was awarded second prize at the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition under the auspices of the Bamberger Symphoniker. He has since accepted invitations to conduct at distinguished international venues.
Following the competition Aziz Shokhakimov made several triumphant debuts: In Germany with Staatskapelle Dresden, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; in Italy with Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna and la Verdi Orchestra in Milan; in Poland with the highly acclaimed Sinfonia Varsovia; in the USA with the Orgeon, Pacific and Houston Symphony Orchestras and I Musici de Montréal and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Canada.
During the 2013-14 season Aziz Shokhakimov will lead Teatro Communale di Bologna in a production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. In addition to numerous re-invitations in following seasons Aziz Shokhakimov will also conduct the London Philharmonic, Stuttgart and Frankfurt Radio Orchestras, will make his debut in Switzerland with Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Luzern Symphoniker and in France with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.
Recognition came very early for Aziz Shokhakimov. Born in 1988 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Shokhakimov entered Uspensky Music School for Gifted Children at the age of 6, where he studied violin, viola and orchestral conducting (class of professor Vladimir Neymer).
At the age of 13 he made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan, conducting Beethoven's 5th Symphony and the Lizst’ Piano Concerto no. 1. During the following year Aziz was invited to conduct his first opera, Carmen, at the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Uzbekistan. His relationship with both organizations resulted in numerous invitations to perform symphonies by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Prokofiev and Shostakovich – as well as operas by Verdi and Bizet among others. For a number of years, starting at just 18, Aziz Shokhakimov held the position of the Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan. He received support from the Vladimir Spivakov International Charitable Foundation and is a recipient of Nihol Prize from the State of Uzbekistan.
Video link: Matthias Pintscher, Towards Osiris (excerpt), International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition 2010
Video link: Jörg Widmann, Con Brio (excerpt), International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition 2010
Video link: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Symphony No. 3 Scottish (excerpt), Moscow 2010