CONDUCTOR, SINGER, LECTURER
Born in the family of musicians, son of Conductor and Violinist, I entered the Kazakh National Academy of Music in Astana City majoring in the classes of violin. Later, having a rare Basso profondo voice, he went to study academic vocal at Zhiganov Kazan State Conservatory and Schnittke Moscow Institute of Music and had internship at Galina VishnevskayaOpera Center.
Elias worked as a choir singer in such groups as "Masters of Choral Singing", Sretensky Monastery Choir and "MusicAeterna", and, participated at Diaghilev fest in Perm City.
Obtained a Bachelor Degree with honors from Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory majoring in Conducting (Bandmaster).
Elias was a Bandmaster of Karaganda Symphony Orchestra.
At the moment, he is engaged in educational activities, gives lectures to a wide audience on how to listen and understand music.
1. What slogan would represent you and your art the most?
- In passion and sincerity is the magic of Music.
2. What do you value the most in music?
- The fact that it can be understood by everyone without special knowledge. So long as person listens sincerely.
3. Many musicians say that they get to know themselves more and open own new talents because of your art…How the music influenced you?
- Music taught me to be patient. And, to think broad and work for future.
4. What does music mean to you?
- One of the Arts. One type of social consciousness.
5. Who are your idols?
- It is a rather strong word - an idol. Suppose, I have no idols, but there are some individuals and artists whom I take as a model.
6. If you weren't a musician, what would you be?
- I would like to become a director. But both professions are very similar.
7. Do you think that musicians have all opportunities to become popular and successful in Kazakhstan (on globally)? Why?
- More likely no than yes. Social lifts hardly exist at all in modern Kazakhstan. Those that are based on competence. Say nothing about our little musical kingdom, where the situation is more complicated. Because you need to have good ties or a famous name. On the other hand, few representatives of the society need "serious" music yet. But this side of the issue can be overcome with time. In particular, you need to explain everything in a simple manner to unenlightened persons. "There is no rhetoric in the country of the deaf." But performing crossover genres or soundtracks will not help matters. Rather the opposite.
Things are better in the West. Many music lovers, having an education not in the music, sing the most complex scores with the best orchestras and conductors at a good level.
And some creative teams, at times, even choose own chief conductor by voting.
8. What is the ideal life for you as a musician?
- Ideal moment never comes if you wait. If I can answer the question, the answer will be a demand and full creative freedom.