On October 20, Kazakhstan's renowned violinist Aiman Mussakhajayeva performed with her Stradivarius at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church in Toronto.
A number of Canadian political and business leaders, academics, artists, media representatives, and the members of Kazakh community from Toronto area gathered to enjoy the classical masterpieces of Brahms, Beethoven, Massenet, Saint-Saens and others.
In his opening remarks, Ambassador Konstantin Zhigalov noted that Ms. Mussakhajayeva has already performed in Ottawa in April 2017 at Cadieux Auditorium of Global Affairs Canada. This concert was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan-Canada diplomatic relations.
Canadian Senator Victor Oh, a member of the Kazakhstan-Canada Parliamentary Cooperation Group, said he was glad to be a part of the event and expressed his hope that Ms. Mussakhajayeva would visit Canada for Kazakhstan Culture Days in autumn 2018.
Aiman Mussakhajayeva is a laureate and prizewinner in the International Competition in Belgrade (1976), Paganini International Competition in Genoa (1981), Tokyo International Competition (1983), Sibelius International Competition in Helsinki (1985), VIII Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow (1986), etc.
For high achievements in music, she was awarded the title of Academician of the International Academy of the Arts (1998), the Honorary title UNESCO “Artist for Peace" (1998). In 2000, she was awarded a State Prize in the field of literature, art and architecture. In 2002, the name of Aiman Mussakhajayeva entered the list of World Honorary IВС “2000 Outstanding Musicians of the 20th century" published annually by the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge University.
She is currently the rector of Kazakh National University of Arts in Astana.