On the 19th of November, a Kazakh Classic Concert was held at London’s prestigious Guildhall to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The event was held in association with the embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Great Britain, Kazakh Gala Limited and the Eurasian Group Companies.

The concert featured a dazzling performance by well-known violin soloist, People’s Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Aiman Mussakhajayeva. One of the great musicians of modern times, since graduating from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Mussakhajayeva has been included in the Honorary List, “2,000 Outstanding Musicians of the Twentieth Century”. A laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Kazakhstan in literature, art and architecture, she also holds the title of UNESCO “Artist for Peace”. The violinist has collaborated with such famous musicians as Mikhail Kogan, Pavel Gigilov, Vladimir Spivakov, as well as leading chamber and symphony orchestras.

Conducted by world-famous Aidar Torybaev, the Eurasian Symphony Orchestra of the Kazakh National University of Arts performed works by Franz Schubert, Aram Khachaturian and other great composers. Founded in 2008, the orchestra has played in the finest concert halls and been greeted with a rapturous reception in Austria, Spain, France, Italy and now the United Kingdom, to name but a few countries.

In addition to the aforementioned artists, the ensemble of dombra players, Shabyt, the ensemble of violinists, Aygolek, and the ensemble of Kazakh folk instrumentalists, Korkyt-Ata also performed in front of a hugely appreciative audience. A fascinating evening featuring an unparalleled programme, the concert served to demonstrate the fusion of Asian and European cultures.