The organizers are the P. Tchaikovsky Republican Music College (Almaty), the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Foundation, Elbasy, as well as the Nomad LIFE JSC.
“The creation of the competition “Koshpendіler Aueni” initially sets a mission to bring together the main directions of Kazakh folk performing art - dombyra, kobyz, traditional singing,” says the Director of Almaty Musical College Birzhan Khasangaliyev. - Each nomination is named after the great figures of folk music - Kurmangazy, Korkyt, Mukhit. Unlike other competitions, our contest gives weight to the teacher’s contribution. The competition rules state that 50% of the prize money should be received by the teacher who prepared the laureate. Also this year, “Koshpendіler Aueni” will become a full partner of the International Festival of Creative Youth “Zhas Star” organized by the First President Foundation of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbasy, which will certainly expand the boundaries and scope of the project.”
The organizers hope to cultivate patriotism, artistic and aesthetic taste, and moral values in youth through folk music. Besides, the competition motivates composers to write new folk tunes and their modern arrangements. Thus, we hope that Kazakh folk music will remain popular at all times.
The competition, that has been taking place since 2017, is attended by the music college students of the country.
“I watched the contestants; they are timid, fragile girls and boys, but what they do on the stage, takes the breath away. They radiate such a powerful energy, have so much charisma. The role of such contests is very important in order to reveal those who will glorify the country on major international events in the future and become the cultural asset of the country,” says Kairat Chegebayev, the Board Chairman of Nomad LIFE.
The competition has three nominations: “Kurmanghazy” (among dombrists), “Korkyt” (among kobyz players) and “Mukhit” (among folk performers).
The Grand Prix winner will receive a cash prize of 300,000 tenge, the first place - 250 thousand tenge, the second - 150,000 tenge, the third - 100,000 tenge and diploma winners - 50,000 tenge. The prize is shared between the performer and the teacher who prepared him.
The panel of judges of the competition included eminent culture figures of Kazakhstan, university professors and teachers of music colleges of the republic. For example, last year the jury of the 1st Republican contest included famous traditional art maestros - Elmurat Usenov, Raushan Musakhodzhayeva, Sholpan Zadankyzy and others. About 100 students of musical educational institutions from all regions of Kazakhstan took part in the competition.