Temirzhan Yerzhanov, a pianist and conductor, launched his international career by winning the Gold Medal at the International Robert Schumann Piano Competition in Zwickau, Germany, and now continues performing also as an emerging conductor.
Temirzhan Yerzhanov has toured in Germany, Russia, France, Italy, Switzerland, Czechia, USA, United Kingdom, China, India and Brazil. He has soloed with many orchestras including Moscow Radio Tchaikovsky Symphony, Zwickau Philharmonishes Orchester, Sacramento Philharmonic, Vogtland Philharmonie, and The Symphony Orchestra of India, working with such conductors as Vladimir Fedoseev, Lothar Seyfart, Johannes Wildner, Michael Morgan and Jiří Malát. He has appeared in prestigious venues such as London Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Dresden Sempergalerie, Paris Salle Gaveau, Moscow Conservatory and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Grand Halls.
Mr. Yerzhanov has been featured on live broadcasts, in studio recordings and talk shows of Deutsche Radio Berlin, Hong Kong Radio, BBC Radio, Radio Free Europe, Radio Russia and Orpheus Radio; recorded CDs of Schumann (RCD label) and Prokofiev works including World premiere of Classical Symphony (Con Brio Recordings).
A diverse musician, Mr. Yerzhanov has collaborated on concert stage with many opera singers and instrumentalists including such artists of international acclaim as Elena Kelessidi, Melody Moore (sopranos), Suzanna Guzman, Catherine Cook (mezzo-sopranos), Ao Li (bass), Michael Collins (clarinet). He conceived and performed a National premiere of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and recital Prokofiev. Almaty. 1942-1943, featuring all the piano scores that composer wrote during his residency in Yerzhanov’s home city.
Having had started as assistant conductor at several orchestras and opera companies, he debuted with Kazakh Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus in National Premieres of Mozart’s Idomeneo and Krönungsmesse. He made guest appearances with Orquestra Philharmonia de Brasilia, Google Orchestra, Kazakh National Abai Opera and Astana Opera. As a Music Director of Opera Cultura Temirzhan Yerzhanov led productions of La Llorona, Tales of Pilgrimage and West Coast premiere of Bless me, Ultima by Hector Armienta. As an Artistic Director he founded Orchestra Gradus ad Parnassum and brought it to the stage of New York Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium.
A graduate and former faculty member of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Temirzhan Yerzhanov studied piano with Professor Mikhail Voskressensky and collaborative piano with Professor Vazha Chachava. Later he studied conducting with Latvian-American conductor Imant Airea. He was named ‘Best Performer of 2007’ by San Francisco Classical Voice along with San Francisco Opera and soprano Angela Gheorghiu, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group, Artemis Quartet and Medieval Trio. In his native country he is awarded with Yenbek Sinirgen Qairatkeri, the highest honorary title for national contribution.
Currently, Mr. Yerzhanov resides in California, USA and works worldwide.