Youth Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan

© Youth Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan

In 2014 the conductor Kamoliddin Urinbaev founded the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan with the support of the Uzbek President at the time, Islam Karimov. During the past five years, the orchestra, which brings together the best students of the country, but also young professionals, has covered a broad range of symphonic repertoire. It focuses on Russian composers such as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev jut as much as Uzbek composers and works by Brahms and Mahler. As a musical ambassador of Uzbekistan, the youth orchestra already looks back upon an impressive number of tours: after a first tour to Lithuania in 2016, the orchestra participated in the opening ceremony of the Days of Uzbek Culture at the Kremlin in Moscow in 2017. In 2018 the ensemble appeared during a state visit of the Uzbek President in Washington DC and at the summit meeting of the heads of Central Asian governments in Astana, Kazakhstan; in 2019 a tour to Kuwait followed. The musicians perform regularly during receptions of the Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Tashkent.

July 26, 2020 20:00

Konzerthaus, Berlin

Kamoliddin Urinbayev

© Kamoliddin Urinbayev

Der 35-jährige usbekische Dirigent Kamoliddin Urinbaev erhielt seine musikalische Ausbildung zuerst am Staatlichen Konservatorium von Usbekistan in Taschkent, später im Fach Dirigieren am Tschaikowsky-Konservatorium in Moskau. Gleichzeitig wurde er zu zahlreichen Festivals und Wettbewerben eingeladen, so zur „Großen Seidenstraße“ (Südkorea), „Neue Namen“ (Russland) und „Internationales Forum junger Dirigenten“ (Deutschland). 2007 wurde ihm der Erste Preis beim Internationalen Asien-Pazifik-Wettbewerb „Baikal Cup“ zuerkannt. Urinbaev tritt sowohl als Konzert- wie auch als Operndirigent auf. So stand er am Pult des Staatlichen Symphonieorchesters der Ukraine und des Staatlichen Symphonieorchesters von Usbekistan. Am Staatlichen Akademischen Theater in Taschkent dirigierte er Beethovens Fidelio. 2014 gründete Urinbaev das Jugendsymphonie-Orchester Usbekistan; im selben Jahr wurde ihm vom usbekischen Präsidenten der Titel „Ausgezeichneter Künstler Usbekistans“ verliehen.


Eleonora Kotlibulatova

Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the pianist Eleonora Kotlibulatova received her first piano lessons from her mother when she was five years old. In 1996, the ten-year-old made her solo debut. She won numerous prizes at international piano competitions, e.g. at the Grand Prix “Art of the 21st Century” in Kiev (Ukraine) in 2001, at the International Chopin Competition in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and at the 7th International Rubinstein Competition in Paris in 2004. In 2010 Eleonora Kotlibulatova began studying with Matthias Kirschnereit at the Rostock Music Academy, from which she graduated with distinction in 2014. The artist has undertaken concert tours from America to Asia; she currently lives in Berlin as a pianist and teacher. Apart from her solo appearances, she works regularly with the guitarist Evgeny Beleninov in order to make this unusual duo formation more well-known through original works and transcriptions.



Overture (1975)


"Colours of Pomegranate" for Piano und Orchester (World premiere)


"Impatience of the Captive" (2000, German premiere)


"Sheherazade" Op. 35 (1885)

7 pm: Pre-Concert Talk with Dieter Rexroth at the Werner-Otto-Saal
Free admission with concert ticket


Uzbekistan and its capital Tashkent are generally associated with the legendary Silk Road. But music also plays a large role there – even during the times of the former Soviet Union, Uzbek conservatories and orchestras were given generous support. This tradition is continued by the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan, which is heard at Young Euro Classic for the first time in its short span of existence. Intensely supported as a musical ambassador of its homeland, the Uzbek orchestra has chosen an intriguing mix of old and new elements, the familiar and the unknown. On the one hand, the composer Aziza Sadikova, originally from Uzbekistan but living in Berlin, contributes a new piano concerto; on the other, the orchestra introduces an unusual work by the Kuwaiti composer Amer Jaafar written in 2000 and reflecting his experiences of the Iraqi invasion. The brilliant finale is Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral hit Sheherazade, which entices the audience back into the colourful world of Thousand and One Nights and the Silk Road.

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