Yerzhan Dautov

Yerzhan Dautov, Chief choirmaster, Honoured Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan, «Kurmet» chevalier

Was born in Kentau town (1973), studied at the music school (piano) at the class of Kuzmina Lidiya Alexandrovna. Graduated from the music college in Akmola city (class of choir conducting) at the class of Kuznetsova Natalya Ivanovna. 1993-1998 Almaty State Conservatory at the class of choir conducting, at the class of professor, Honoured Artist of USSR of Molodova Anatoly Vasilyevich.

1999-2001completed assistantship-training at the class of professor I.B. Lebedev. The first steps, as artistic director of collective, Yerzhan Dautov accomplished by creating the choir of boys of Kazakh National Academy of Music, where he managed during one and half years. Later, this group grew from professional artists of the choir, at present working in leading choir collectives of Kazakhstan. The opening of the National Theater of Opera and Ballet named after Kulyash Baiseitova became fateful in a creative career of maestro.

Since 2000 year being the chief choirmaster and the conductor of the theater, Yerzhan Dautov is the choirmaster and producer of opera performances, such as:

  • M. Tulebaev national opera «Byrzhan Sara» – premiere 14.10.2000

  • Giuseppe Verdi «Traviata» – premiere 17.10. 2000

  • E. Brusilovsky «Kyz Zhibek» – premiere 11.12.2001

  • G. Rossini «The Barber of Seville» – premiere 20.02.2002

  • Minkov «Magis Musiс»

  • P.I. Tchaikovsky «Eugene Onegin» – premiere 06.09.2002

  • G.Puccini «Cio-Cio-San» – premiere 06.12.2002

  • V.A.Mozart «The Marriage of Figaro» – premiere 19.09.2003

  • E. Rakhmadiev national opera «Kamar Sulu» – premiere 15.12.2003

  • G. Verdi «Rigoletto» – premiere 29.06.2005

  • P.Borodin «Polovtsian Dances» – premiere 07.06.2006

  • G.Puccini «Tosca» – premiere 30.06.2006

  • B.Kadyrbek national opera-ballet «Kalkaman mamyr»

  • G.Verdi «Aida» – premiere 29.06.2007

  • G.Verdi «Othello» – premiere 28.06.2008

  • A.Zhubanov, L.Hamidi national opera «Abay» – premiere 28.02.2009

  • G.Puccini «La Boheme» – premiere 03.11.2009

  • S.Yerkembaev, Orratorio Ballet «Eternal Flame» – premiere 08.05.2010

  • S.Serkebaev musical «Astana» – premiere 25.06.2010

  • G.Puccini «Manon Lescaut» – premiere 29.06.2011

  • Zh.Offenbah «Tales of Goffmann» – premiere 25.02.2012

Of which in the repertoire of the conductor are: «Byrzhan Sara», «La Traviata», «The Barber of Seville», «Magic Music», «Eugene Onegin», «Cio-Cio San», «The Marriage of Figaro», «Rigoletto», «Tosca», «La Boheme», «Manon Lescaut». Choir collective represents honorable traditional Kazakh culture «Days of Culture of Kazakhstan» in European capitals:

2002. – Moscow – Bolshoi Theatre;  

2004. – Minsk;

2005. – Kiev;

2009. – Berlin – Concert House;

2010. – Vena – «Hovburg»

In July 2010 the choir collective was invited by «Turksoy» organization for the participation in international project, in U.Gadzhibekov opera «Ker Ogly» in Istanbul (Turkey).

Besides theater repertoire, choir collective of Opera Theater takes part in all concerts of state value.

Important events in creative life can be called:

Performance of «The 9th symphony» of L.V.Beethoven – 2005 – conductor Penderecki;

Performance of «Polovtsian Dances» of P.Borodin – 2006 – conductor V.Gergiev;

Performance of cantata of K.Orf «Karmina Burana» – 2009 – conductor A.Mukhitdinov.

Within the framework of annual festival of opera art «Operalia», choir proudly stands on the same stage with the stars of the world of opera – Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Roberto Alagna, Jos? Cura, Barbara Frittori etc. Tours of the theater to Kokshetau, Almaty, Saratov, Omsk, Ufa showed that the choir has a high professional level, thanks to the skillful creativity chief choirmaster Yerzhan Dautov. In May 2004, with the support of Astana akimat, there was created Chamber Choir, artistic director and conductor invited maestro Dautov. With the emergence of this collective new facets are opening in his creative career. Already in June 2004, was presented with a bright chorus program “Songs of the world”, where the team was declared as highly, original and promising.

Chamber choir acquitted numerous reviews of musical elite and critics of Kazakhstan, and in a year, in May 2006, takes start at the international festival of sacred music «Hainuvka» (Poland, Bia?ystok), where were invited collectives-laureates of 10 past years. The presiding member of the jury – professor, artistic director of choir named after Sveshnikov Boris Tevlin, after the choir performance at the competition, invited maestro Dautov for «Moscow Autumn Choral Festival» in Moscow city. In September 2011, chamber choir of State philharmonic of Astana city gave a recital in Great Hall of Moscow conservatory. This event has became a significant not only for collective, but for Kazakhstan as a whole. The choir, in its performance showed the high professional level, national culture of Kazakh people and was established as a «good» collective (comment of Tevlin). The repertoire of the collective is diverse: from a’capella programs:

«World music»;

G.Sviridov «Pushkin wreath»;

Gavrilin «Chimes»;

Music of Renaissance epoch;

Russian choral miniature;

In a duet with chorus (arrangement of instrumental music for the choir);

Huge layer of Russian Orthodox Music – Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, V.Strumsky, P.Chesnokov, A. Arkhangelsky …; choral masterpieces of Western classics and, of course, the whole palette of choral music of Kazakhstan. Among the major works of the genre:

Dzh.Pergolezi «Stabat mater»;  

Vivaldi «Gloria»;  

Y.Gendel «Messiah»;  

W.Mozart «Requiem»;  

F.Schubert «Mass in G-dur»;  

Rossini «Little Solemn Mass”;  

G.Verdi «Requiem» 

S.Rachmaninov opera «Aleko» – concert performance;  

Tchaikovsky opera «Iolanta» – concert performance;  

E. Grieg “Peer Gynt”.

Since 1998 till today Yerzhan Dautov teaches “Choral Conducting” at the Kazakh National University of Arts in Astana.

In 2005 he was awarded the title of Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In 2012 he was awarded the title of Commander of the Order “Kurmet”.

Since 2013 is the chief choirmaster of the State Opera and Ballet Theatre “Astana Opera”.