The participants

Tolkyn ZABIROVA

Honored worker of Kazakhstan , popular singer, pedagogue

Kazakhstan

Member of the International Jury of the XXIII International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk”

Honoured Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, popular singer, pedagogue

Tolkyn Zabirova was born in Ayaguz of the Semipalatinsk region. In 1988, she finished the class of choral conducting at the Republican music school named after A. Zhubanov. In 1993, she graduated from the Kurmangaza Kazakh State Conservatoire. She specialized in solo singing in the class of Professor B. Tulegenova, People’s Artist of the USSR.

Between 1993 and 1994, she worked as a soloist at the Kazakh State Philharmonic Society named after Zhambyl.

In 1995, she worked as assistant to Professor Orlenin at the chair of methodology and education science of the Conservatoire. In 1997, she entered a postgraduate course. In 2000, Tolkyn Zabirova graduated from the Conservatoire and worked as professor of vocal-pedagogic practice.

Along with the active creative and teaching life, she went on her research work and in 2010 passed PhD defense on “New paradigmal bases of formation of a singing voice in the context of the opera culture of Kazakhstan”.

Tolkyn Zabirovaperforms chamber classical music, Kazakh national songs and pop music.

She recorded about 20 video clips, prepared several concert shows, including “Three in One” (2001), “Proud Charm Posture” (2004), “Music of Soul” (2006), “Love to Wonderful Music” (2008), and released over 10 music albums on CDs, DVDs, VHS, including a concert devoted to the jubilee of B.Tulegenova on DVD.

In 2005, she performed Mozart’s motet to the accompaniment of the Russian Orchestra “Moscow Virtuosos” under Vladimir Spivakov.

Tolkyn Zabirovahas many times represented Kazakhstan in cultural delegations abroad. She is a prizewinner of several international contests including “Amber Nightingale” (1996, Kaliningrad, Russia), “Alibek Dnishev’s Theatre” (1998, Almaty, Kazakhstan). She’s attended workshops of vocal coaches in Austria and Germany.

Tolkyn Zabirovais an awardee of the Foundation of the First President of Kazakhstan.

Currently, she is a Dean of the Music Art Faculty of the Zhurgenov Kazakh National Academy of Arts. Her students are among the prizewinners and diploma recipients of the international contests.

Tolkyn Zabirovais the author of a monograph “Formation of national vocal school: search of a new paradigm” and over ten research papers.