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Aziz Shokhakimov

Aziz Shokhakimov

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 lead Teatro Communale di Bologna in a production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and made his debut in Switzerland with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and in Stuttgart with the Radio Orchestra. He also returned to Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and Kammerphilharmonie Bremen for concerts and tours.

In addition to numerous re-invitations in the 2014/15 season Aziz Shokhakimov will also have debuts with HR Frankfurt, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, where he will conduct a series of Carmen.

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. During the following year he conducted his first opera, Carmen, at the National Opera of Uzbekistan. His relationship with both organizations resulted in 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.