AKHP Public Lecture: Culture and Music Education

Date: 25 November 2020
Other languages: Русский язык |

November 25th 2020, 5:00 pm (GMT+6) 

Public Lecture

The Aga Khan Humanities Project in Kazakhstan, part of the University of Central Asia, is continuing its series of public lectures by prominent academics, public figures and experts from Kazakhstan, organized in partnership with educational institutions and research centres in the country. The AKHP public lectures linked by the theme of “Interdisciplinary Discourse in the Context of Humanities and Scientific Research” are aimed at enhancing the professional development of education practitioners at higher education institutions in Kazakhstan and creating an open platform for discussing the pressing challenges of today’s world, mobilizing new ideas, and expanding dialogue between scholars, the intellectual environment, teachers, postgraduates and undergraduates. 

Professor Janiya Aubakirova 

People’s Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan, music teacher, outstanding Kazakh pianist, and representative of Kazakhstan’s art and culture on the global stage.


The world of music is limitless, like the universe itself. Music is one of the few areas of human activity that people have enjoyed for many centuries, as it has a strong and positive effect on a person’s emotions and mental state. Many scholars and thinkers gifted with the capacity to appreciate music have agreed that music is as vital to us as food, as an emotional code, a form of communication. Composers, performers, audiences, educators, music historians and theorists, critics and aficionados, who also include composers and performers – all these are authors and co-authors of what we call music and the music process. In effect, this allows music to create a powerful resource for understanding the world and ourselves. In this context, it is essential to inspire children to love music, as developing music skills helps them, for example, better to distinguish between sounds, which is very important in language learning. Besides, introducing children to music as a career and teaching them instruments not only contributes to their general development but also allows them to get a sense of this basic coding system of universal human values.

Music skills occupy a special and unique place in the development hierarchy of natural human abilities. This lecture will cover specific aspects of music education around the world, as well as the principles of and differences between Soviet and post-Soviet education in the CIS, including the lecturer’s recollections of her own experience of teaching the piano in different periods of her life. In today's world, the need for creative people who play an active educational role in cultural and social life is also vital for personal development. Finally, the presentation will draw a portrait of a sought-after professional and examine the state of the music sector in Kazakhstan and around the world in the light of Covid-19.

Lecture Format

The lecture will start at 5:00 pm (GMT+6) on November 25, 2020, in the form of a ZOOM meeting via the following link: 


Meeting ID: 892 5272 2546 

Password: 519852


Prof. Nurzhauar Issaeva

Candidate of Biology, Faculty Development Program Coordinator (AKHP/UCA in Kazakhstan) 

Valeriy Tolmachev

Deputy Director of the UNESCO International Centre for the Rapprochement of Cultures in Kazakhstan


The lecture will be held in Russian. English translation is available upon request.

Venue (offline, for a limited number of participants):

UNESCO International Centre for the Rapprochement of Cultures, 120/94 Ulitsa Kunaeva, Almaty, Kazakhstan.


Please confirm your participation by sending an email to nurzhauar.issaeva@ucentralasia.org

About Janiya Aubakirova 

Janiya Aubakirova studied at the Moscow Conservatory and won the Grand Prix at 1983 Long–Thibaud Competition in France. She has performed with the likes of Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, Martha Argerich, David Geringas, Alexander Sladkovsky, Dorian Wilson and Marat Bisengaliev, with the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra, and with orchestras from France, India, the UK, Turkey.

Jania regularly gives solo concerts and performances in Kazakhstan, and at major concert halls in Europe, Asia and the USA, including the Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau, Barbican Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Keimyung Art Center, Berliner Philharmoniker, Konzerthaus Berlin, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, the Great Hall at the Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, the Moscow International House of Music.

Jania has successfully steered the Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory, Kazakhstan’s leading music college for more than 20 years. She has initiated numerous cultural and educational projects, including the Aubakirova School, the Almaty International Piano Competition, the launch of Central Asia’s first classical music radio station. Jania also teaches the piano: many of her pupils have won international competitions, and she has given masterclasses in Kazakhstan, Russia, Germany, Israel, the USA, South Korea, and many other countries.

For her contribution to culture and education, Jania has received high state awards. She is a Chevalier of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and a recipient of the Gustav Mahler Prize, awarded by the European Union of Arts, and the independent Platinum Tarlan prize. She is a Cavalier of the Order of Catherine the Great, and has been awarded the Polish Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis, and the Polish Gold Cross of Merit. She is a Steinway & Sons Artist.

Past online lectures are available on the University of Central Asia's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/ucentralasia.

Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.  

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