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  Aziz Shokhakimov, conductor

    Aziz Shokhakimov initially burst on the scene at the 2010 Mahler International Conducting Competition where he received second prize. The next year included concerts in Dresden, Milan, Moscow, Darmstadt, Bologna and more. This tremendous young artist made his U.S. debut with the Oregon Symphony in the fall of 2012, returned to the U.S. to conduct the Pacific Symphony and the Houston Symphony in 2013, followed by his Canadian debut with the Winnipeg Symphony in 2014.

    Next season, the 25-year old Shokhakimov will conduct debut performances of the Strasbourg Philharmonie, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and London Philharmonic orchestras and enjoy engagements with La Verdi Milan, Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Winnipeg Symphony.

    The inspiring conductor from Uzbekistan made his triumphant debut with the Dresden Staatskapelle, performing works of Beethoven and Auerbach. "The 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 (August 2011) full review

    Immediately following his Dresden success, Shokhakimov made his debut with Sinfonia Varsovia in an all-Brahms program featuring the Violin Concerto, the Piano Concerto No.2 and the Symphony no.3. "Dynamite from Uzbekistan!" Wirtualna Polska Kultura

    In early 2011, the remarkable young maestro made his debut with the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna. He has been invited to return, in a program slated for May 2012 featuring violinist Sayaka Shoji.

    "The set repertoire, with Mahler's earnest Fourth Symphony at its core, had already given an edge to participants who combined intense focus with a strong ability to structure rehearsals. Shokhakimov commanded the orchestra in an old-world manner."
    Financial Times

    Selected 2011-2012 Shokhakimov engagements include: Dresden Staatskapelle [review], Staatstheater Darmstadt, Verdi Orchestra Milan and a tour with I Musici de Montréal.

    Shokhakimov studied conducting at the Uzbek State Conservatory in Tashkent under the tutelage of Professor V. Neymer. In 2005 he was awarded the State 'Nikhol' Prize for talented young musicians. After conducting the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan for the first time, he was named Assistant Conductor in 2001 and has since led the orchestra in numerous concerts. In 2002 he made his operatic debut at Uzbekistan's main State Academic Theatre in performances of Bizet's Carmen. Since 2003 Aziz Shokhakimov has worked regularly with the Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra, based in Togliatti, and has led the orchestra on tours throughout Russia, as well as in France and the Ukraine.

    From 2005 to 2009 Aziz Shokhakimov was a participant in the trainee program of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, under the patronage of Maestro Vladimir Spivakov. In November 2010 he conducted the orchestra in his first full subscription concert, featuring works of Haydn, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

    Dresden Staatskapelle Debut

    Pacific Symphony Debut

    "...hard-to-resist... Shokhakimov showed his mettle in the concert-ending Saint-Saëns... it requires a deft hand to pull it off... [he] uncovered many subtleties and beauties."
    Orange County Register

    "The second half was composed entirely of Brahms' mighty Symphony No. 4... Shokhakimov showed his deft skill at balancing the sections of the orchestra while building overall momentum - with only fleeting respite during the Allegro giocoso that finally culminated with the fiery Allegro energico e passionate. Once again, the crowd awarded their new conducting hero and re-energized orchestra with a rousing standing ovation."
    Winnipeg Free Press

    "On the podium of the Filarmonica del Comunale, the Uzbekian Aziz Shokhakimov, was the protagonist of a breathtaking performance of Brahms' First Symphony, exciting for its energy, rhythmic impulse, dynamic and agogic choices."

    "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. At the end, the large audience went literally mad..."
    Il Resto del Carlino, 1/14/2011

    "The 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 8/26/2011

    "Shokhakimov, born in Uzbekistan, who already carries on his shoulders a career of ten years, was able to draw out from the orchestra all the colors asked of the dense Rachmaninoff score. With a sometimes overexcited gesture, he then spilled the same interpretative strength on Brahms, obtaining from the Philharmonic a powerful, energetic First Symphony... the final languors carried away by a sincere and generous applause.
    Il Giornale della Musica, 1/2011

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