Temirzhan Yerzhanov

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.

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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.