Biography

Biography

Aizhana Nurkenova is a Kazakh-British pianist and composer. She performed solo recitals in Italy, Germany, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and the UK. Aizhana’s chamber recital appearances include the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Juilliard School in New York City. She appeared on the BBC Radio 3's In Tune together with accordionist Ksenija Sidorova and violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky prior to their concerts at the Cheltenham and Lichfield Festivals.

Aizhana’s playing of J.S. Bach has been hailed by International Piano Magazine as ‘exhilarating’ and ‘singing to heaven’, and her debut CD of complete English Suites was released in November 2015. After winning the Harriet Cohen and Harold Samuel J.S. Bach Prize from the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 2009, Aizhana has vastly expanded her repertoire of Bach and often gives recitals dedicated solely to the works of the great composer.

Aizhana made her appearance with the Kazakh National Symphony orchestra performing Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto when she was twelve years old. Winner of several national and international competitions, Aizhana studied with the legendary Trio di Trieste (Italy) and at the Royal Academy of Music (London) under the guidance of Professor Hamish Milne. Aizhana gained the top mark in her Final Piano Recital and received First Class Honours and Distinction in Bachelor's and Master's Degrees at the Academy, where she was later awarded the prestigious Hodgson Piano Fellowship. She is a recipient of the Musicians Benevolent Fund Award, the Bolashak Presidential Scholarship, the Gilling Family Scholarship and the Winifred Christie Trust Award, amongst others.

Aizhana is also a talented composer. She was seven years old when her mother discovered her playing by ear and composing at the piano, which led Aizhana to give an outstanding audition at the Special School for Gifted Children in her hometown of Almaty. Aizhana's works have been performed in the UK, Kazakhstan, Italy, Australia and the US, recorded on CD and broadcast on radio and television. On her chamber compositions recordings she has collaborated with such renowned artists such as Kristina Blaumane (cello) and Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin). Her recent composition work on the film-opera ‘Order’, in collaboration with collective Democracia, was presented at the Rua Red Arts Centre in Dublin on the 27th of April 2018.

Aizhana lives in London with her husband and two small daughters.