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The Batyrkhan Shukenov Foundation is preparing a surprise for the fans of the legendary musician

by - September 08, 2018

Together, the foundation of Bulat Utemuratov and the Batyrkhan Shukenov Foundation started implementing unique projects. The organizers hope that their initiatives will not only help to preserve the memory of an outstanding musician, but will also give momentum to the development of musical culture in Kazakhstan.

Until quite recently the Batyrkhan Shukenov Foundation on the verge of liquidation. The organization was in a difficult economic situation – the final event was to be the release of Shukenov’s posthumous album. Everything has changed since the foundation of Bulat Utemuratov expressed its readiness to cooperate – now Kazakhstanis are waiting for several unique music projects! About 70 million tenge was allocated for all these events.

Competition of young musicians

To support musicians who play wooden wind instruments, the foundation will allocate funds for a large-scale competition. It will be held this autumn under the auspices of the Almaty Conservatory in a rather unusual format. In the first round, participants will be asked to record a video with the performance of a musical composition, and then send it to the website of Batyrkhan Shukenov. And the final round will be held on the basis of the educational institution.

All interested musicians aged 16 to 32 will be able to take part in the contest, and an international jury will evaluate the talents. According to the rector of the conservatory, many students and professional musicians expressed their desire to participate in the contest – preparation for the event is at an advanced stage.

Scholarship program for students of the conservatory

The foundations will allocate 5 scholarships for the best students of the Almaty conservatory (they will be paid during all 5 years of study). The lucky ones will be chosen not only according to their talent, but also taking into account the financial situation. In addition, it is possible that the results of students in the music contest will influence the choice of the judges. It should be recognized that such scholarships are an unprecedented phenomenon in Kazakhstan.

Reissue of musical works of Batyrkhan Shukenov

Preserving the unique heritage of a musician is another important goal that the foundations have set for themselves. Organizers want to release a collection of previously recorded albums, videos and concert recordings of Shukenov on DVD.

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