Violinist Erzhan Kulibaev is firmly establishing himself as one of the new generation’s most dynamic and gifted young soloists.
A protege of Professor Zakhar Bron, Erzhan is a former prize winner at the Demidovski, Lisbon, Novosibirsk, Hindemith, Buenos Aires and Wieniawski International Violin Competitions. His recent debuts include performances with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, the State Symphony Orchestra of Kazakhstan, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra and the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra – and prestigious recital engagements at Berlin Konzerthaus and the Madrid National Auditorium with Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy.
He is the winner of five first prizes in the International violin competitions: Demidovski International violin competition (2003, First Prize and two Special prizes), International violin competition in Lisbon (2006, First Prize and Special prize for the best interpretation of a work by L. Graça), International violin competition in Novosibirsk (2007, First Prize and special prize of Paloma O’Shea), Paul Hindemith International violin competition in Berlin (2010, First Prize, Gold medal and Special prize for the best interpretation of a work by Robert Schumann) and the First Prize and Premio Tango for best interpretation of an Argentine tango at the Buenos Aires International Violin Competition (2012).
In 2011 he was awarded with the Honorary Distinction and the right to use the title of Laureat of the 14th Henryk Wieniawski competition in Poznan, Poland (2011, prize of the youth jury donated by Volkswagen of an Italian violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini).
Since 2006 he has performed concerts at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City and participated in a series of concerts at the Zakhar Bron School of Music, Switzerland. In 2010 performed in Berlin Konzerthaus as a winner of the P. Hindemith competition. In 2005-2006 participated in The International Festival of Music in the city of Santander (Spain), Estío Musical Burgalés, Otoño Musical Soriano, Classical Music Festival in Riga, Festival de Música Clásica en Kasama (Japan). He has played recitals in association with the Juan march Foundation. In 2006, 2010 and 2011 he was rewarded with an Honorary Diploma by the Queen of Spain and performed in the Royal Palace of Pardo. In August 2014 he played at the ‘Chopin and his Europe’ festival in Warsaw.
In 2014 he received the ‘Washington Award’ sponsored by the S&R Foundation, USA.
Listen to Erzhan’n interview on Radio 3 with Linda Ang on piano, recorded on 27-8-2015