List of famous Kazakhs and popular Kazakh people

Info Shymkent - Famous Kazakh People for example Opera Singer Roza Baglanova

The Kazakh population is around 18 million people on Earth, but Kazakhs have a long history, clever and creative people and a rich culture heritage – so the list of famous Kazakhs isn’t short.

Heads of State

  • Kerey Khan/Girey Khan (?/1425-1473/1474): One of the founder of the Kazakh Khanate (1456–1465). The first Kazakh Khan of the Kazakh Khanate (1465-1474).
  • Az-Zhanibek/Janibek Khan (?/1428–1473/1480): One of the founder and co-leader of the Kazakh Khanate (1465 and 1474-1480). Brother of Kerey Khan.
  • Burunduk Khan/Burundyk Khan (?/1430-1511): Khan of the Kazakh Khanate (1480-1511). Son of Kerey Khan.
  • Kasym Khan (1445–1518/1521): Khan of the Kazakh Khanate (1511–1521). Son of Az-Zhanibek Khan.
  • Mamash Khan (1480-1523): Khan of the Kazakh Khanate (1521-1523). Son of Kasym Khan.
  • Takhir Khan/Tair Khan (?-1533): Khan of the Kazakh Khanate (1523-1533). Son of Adik Sultan.
  • Akhmet Khan (?-1536): Khan of the Kazakh Khanate on the west Kazakhstan and Syr Daria side (1523-1535). Sultan on Syr Darya side. Grandson of Az-Zhanibek/Janibek Khan.
  • Togym Khan (?-1537): Khan of the Kazakh Khanate on the Turkistan side of Kazakhstan. Sultan of Turkistan. Grandson of Az-Zhanibek Khan and son of Jadik Sultan/Zhadik Sultan.
  • Buydash Khan (?-1559/1560): Khan of the Kazakh Khanate on the Zhetisu side of Kazakhstan (1533-1538). Grandson of Az-Zhanibek/Janibek Khan and son of Adik Sultan. Brother of Takhir Khan.
  • Ak Nazar Khan/Khaknazar Khan (1509-1580): Khan of the Kazakh Khanate (1538-1580). Son of Kasym Khan. Grandson of Az-Zhanibek/Janibek Khan.
  • Chigai Khan/Shygai Khan (1500-1582): Khan of the Kazakh Khanate (1580-1582). Grandson of Az-Zhanibek/Janibek Khan and son of Jadik Sultan/Zhadik Sultan.
  • Tauekel Khan (?-1598): Khan of the Kazakh Khanate ( 1582-1598). Grandson of Jadik Sultan/Zhadik Sultan and son of Chigai Khan/Shygai Khan.
  • Esim Khan (real name Es-Muhammed) (1565-1628): Khan of the Kazakh Khanate (1598–1628). Grandson of Jadik Sultan/Zhadik Sultan and son of Chigai Khan/Shygai Khan.
  • Janibek Khan II/Zhanibek Khan II (1598-1643): Khan of the Kazakh Khanate (1628-1643). Grandson of Chigai Khan/Shygai Khan and son of Esim Khan.
  • Salqam Jangir Khan/Jangir Khan (1610-1652): Khan of the Kazakh Khanate (1643-1652). Grandson of Chigai Khan/Shygai Khan and son of Esim Khan.
  • Batyr Khan/Bahadur Khan (?-1680): Khan of the Kazakh Khanate (1652-1680). Greatgrandson of Az-Zhanibek/Janibek Khan. Grandson of Osek Sultan/Oseke Sultan and son of Bolekei Sultan.
  • Tauke Khan (1635-1715): Khan of the Kazakh Khanate (1680–1715). Grandson of Esim Khan and son of Salqam Jangir Khan.
  • Kaip Khan (1650-1719): Khan of the Kazakh Khanate (1715-1718). Greatgrandson of Esim Khan. Grandson of Sartak Sultan and son of Khysyrau Sultan.
  • Bolat Khan (?-1729): Khan of the Kazakh Khanate (1718-1729). Grandson of Salqam Jangir Khan and son of Tauke Khan.
  • Abilmambet Khan (1690-1771): Khan of the Kazakh Khan (1730/1734-1771). Grandson of Tauke Khan and son of Bolat Khan.
  • Abul Khair Khan (1693–1748): Khan of Kishi Zhuz/Junior jüz (1718/1725–1748). Was a candidate for the Khan of the Kazakh Khanate. Grandson of Khoja Sultan and son of Khaji Sultan/Aitak-Khaji Sultan/Abdolla Sultan.
  • Ablai Khan/Abylai Khan (real name Abilmansur) (1711–1781): Khan of the Kazakh Khanate (1771-1881), leader of Middle zhuz/juz. Grandson of Salqam Jangir Khan and son of Ualibaky Sultan.
  • Kenesary Khan (1802–1847): The last Khan of the Kazakh Khanate and of all three jüzes (1841–1847). Granson of Ablai Khan and son of Kasym Sultan.
  • Zhumabay Shayakhmetov (1902–1966): First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Kazakh SSR (1946–1954).
  • Dinmuhamed Konayev (1912–1993): First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Kazakh SSR (1960–1962, 1964–1986), Prime Minister, President Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences.
  • Nursultan Nazarbayev (born 1940): The First President of Kazakhstan.
  • Qasym-Zhomart Tokayev (born in 1953): President of Kazakhstan.

Film Directors

  • Shaken Aimanov (1914–1970): Famous theater and film director, actor, screenwriter. He is considered to be the Father of the Kazakh Cinematography. He is the winner of many Awards like: People’s Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1947, People’s Artist of the USSR in 1959, Stalin Prize in 1952, Order of Lenin in 1967 and etc.
  • Sultan-Ahmet Khodzhikov (Kazakh: Sultanahmet Qonurqozhauly Qozhyqov) (1923–1988): USSR and Kazakh film director, screenwriter. Winner of the Awards like: Honored Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1970, Laureate of the State Prize of the Kazakh SSR named after Abai in 1972. One of his famous work is the movie “Kyz Zhibek” (English: Girl Zhibek) (1970).
  • Oraz Abishev (1916- 2013): Soviet and Kazakh film director, founder of Kazakh documentary film. O.Abishev was a member of the Union of Cinematographers of the USSR in 1957 and became director of the studio “Kazakhfilm” since 1944. Awards: Honored Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1960, People’s Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1966.
  • Timur Bekmambetov (born 1961): Popular film director, theater and film producer, screenwriter, clipmaker. His works: Movie “The Arena” (2001) as director, movie “Wanted” (2008) as director, animated film “9” (2009) as producer with Tim Burton, science fiction horror movie “Apollo 18” (2011) as producer, sci-fi action movie “The Darkest Hour” as producer, movie “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” as director and producer, animated movie “The Snow Queen” (2012) as producer, animated series “Alisa Knows What to Do!” (2013-2016) as producer, fantasy movie “He’s a Dragon” (2015) as director and etc.
  • Rashid Nugmanov (born 1954): USSR and Kazakhstani film director, screenwriter, producer, artist, architect, public figure. His works: “The Snow Band” (1971), “Zgga” (1977), “Yahha” (1986) starring was USSR’s popular singer and musician Viktor Tsoi, “The Needle” (1988) starring Viktor Tsoi, “The Wild East” (1993).

Actors

  • Rahmetolla Salmenov (1900-1970): Soviet and Kazakh actor. Awards: Honored Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1966. Since 1935 R.Salmenov worked at the Abay Opera House and the he worked at the Kazakh Drama Theater named after M.Auezov in Almaty. He played in such movies like: “Amangeldy“, “The Ground of Fathers“, “Aldar Kose” (Beardless Deceiver Aldar Kose), “In one District“, “The Wings of The Songs“, “Traces go beyond the Horizon” and many others.
  • Kauken Kenzhetayev (1916-2008): Soviet and Kazakh actor, theater and opera director, singer. K.Kenzhetayev is a brother of the Kazakh film director Sh.Aimanov. Awards: People’s Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1959, Order of the Red Banner of Labour in 1959, Order of October Revolution in 1986, Laureate of the International Prize named after Ch.Aitmatov, Laureate of the Prize Tarlan, Order Parasat of the Republic of Kazazakhstan in 1996, “Ekran Sheberi” (English: Screen Master) in 2007, Order of Otan of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 1946-1979 K.Kenzhetayev worked at the Abay Opera House in almaty. Since 1979 he worked at the Kazakh National Academy of Arts named after T.Zhurgenov in Almaty. His works as theater and opera director: “Kyz Zhibek” by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Amangeldy” by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Er Targyn” by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Zhalbyr” by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Aisulu” by S.Mukhamedzhanov, “Alpamys” by Ye.Rakhmadiev, “The Queen of Spades” by P.Thcaikovsky, and many others. K.Kenzhetayev took part in such movies like: “Volga-Volga” (1938), “Our Lovely Doctor” by (as Policeman) (1957) “Traces go Beyond the Horizon” (as Father) (1964), “The Wings of The Songs” (as Nurtaza) (1966), “Behind us Moscow” (as the Hero of USSR Kazakh Veteran B.Momyshuly) (1967), “Song about Manshuk” (1969), “Kyz Zhibek” (as Bazarbay) (1970), and many others.
  • Mulyuk Surtubaev (1917–1997): Soviet and Kazakh theater and film actor and Honored Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1944 and People’s Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1955. Mostly he worked in the theater. He stated to play in the movies since 1955. His works as film actor: “Kyz-Zhygit” (English Girl and Guy) as Angarbai (1955), “Our Lovely Doctor” as Murat (1957), “Botagoz” as Madiar (1958) and etc. His Awards: “Order of the Red Banner of Labor“, “Friendship of Peoples“, “Badge of Honor“.
  • Kenenbai Kozhabekov (1928–1988): Soviet and Kazakh theater and film actor and Laureate of the State Prize of the Kazakh SSR named after K. Baiseitova in 1971 and People’s Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1972. His works as actor: “Alitet Leaves for the Hills” as Aye (1949), “Zhambyl” as Nadyr (1952), “Kyz-Zhygit” (English Girl and Guy) as Aidar (1055), “My Name is Kozha” as teacher Rakhmanov (1963), “Kyz Zhibek” as Syrlybai Khan (1969), “Sultan Beibars” as Sultan-Saleh (1988-1989) and etc.
  • Asanali Ashimov (born in 1937): famous USSR and Kazakh actor, theater and film director, screenwriter, teacher (pedagogic). Winner of such Awards: Laureate of the USSR State Prize in 1974, People’s Artist of the USSR in 1980, Hero of Labour of Kazakhstan in 2017, and etc. His works as an actor: dramatic movie “Kyz Zhibek” as Warrior Bekezhan (1969-1970), Movie “The End of Ataman” as Spy Chadyarov ( 1970), movie “Trans-Siberian Express” as Fan Chadyarov (1977), biographic movie “Shoqan Walikhanov” as Chigiz Walikhanov (1984), and etc.
  • Anuarbek Moldabekov (1938–1985): Soviet and Kazakh theater and film actor. Honored Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1970 and People’s Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1976. Mostly he played at the theater’s scene. He started to play in the movie since 1965. His works as film actor: “An Kanatynda” (English The Wings of The Songs/ The Wing of The Song or On the Wing of the Song) as Musa (1966), “Kyz Zhibek” as Shege (1969-1970), “Blood and Sweat” as Elaman (1978), “Koitas” as Artist (1984) and etc.
  • Kuman Tastanbekov (1945–2017): Soviet and Kazakh theater and film actor. Honored Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1982 and Honored Artist of Kazakhstan. Awards: People’s Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 1993, Order of Kurmet in 2008, Parasat’s Order in 2016. His famous role was Tolegen in the dramatic film “Kyz Zhibek” (1969). And movie characters Tolegen and Kyz Zhibek became the symbol of Love in Kazakhstan. In real life he married with the actress M.Otekeshova who played the main role Kyz Zhibek in the movie “Kyz Zhibek“.
  • Tungyshbai Zhamankulov, Al Tarazi (born in 1948): Soviet and Kazakh actor (theater and film), theater director, singer and poet, comedian actor, professor. Awards: Honored Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1982, People’s Artist of Kazakhstan in 1992, State Prize of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the field of the literature and art in 1992, National Award “Altyn Adam” Person of the Year of Kazakhstan in 2007. He helped to Lukpan Esenov and Koishigul Zhikyshiev to open the satire theater “Tamasha“. And supported the satire theater “Shanshar“.
  • Sagi Ashimov (1961–1999): Popular Kazakh actor, son of the famous Soviet and Kazakh actor Asanail Ashimov and grandchild of the famous USSR and Kazakh SSR director Shaken Aimanov. Winner of the Award “State Prize of the Kazakh SSR – for the main role in the movieChoqan Walikhanov” as Choqan Walikhanov in 1986. His works as an actor: TV serie “Perekriostok” (English: Crossroads) as businessman and mafia Timur Sabirov(1995-2000), “A Fairy Tale about Beautiful Aisulu” as Khan (English: King) (1987), “Choqan Walikhanov” as Choqan Walikhanov (1983-1984), and in many other movies.
  • Berik Aitzhanov (born in 1979): Kazakh theater and film actor. Laureate of the National Film Award “Kulager” in 2009 and Honored Actor of Kazakhstan in 2016. He played in such movies like: “Mustafa Shokai” as Baidrahman (2006), “Myn Bala” (Kazakh “Zhau Zhurek Myn Bala” in English 1000 Brave Warriors) as Abilkhair Khan (2012), “The Voice of The Steppe“/ French “La voix des Steppes” as Poet Abai (2014), “The Way to The Mother” as Lukpan (2016). And he played as the first President of Kazakhstan N.A.Nazarbayev in the movie “Zhuldyzdar Togyskanda” /Russian “Tak Slozhilis Zvezdy” (English: This is how the Stars Formed ) (2016).
  • Erden Telemisov (born in 1975): Popular Kazakh actor, film director, producer, screenwriter and film editor. He worked in many Kazakh TV Channels like: KTK, Hit TV, Kazakhstan / Qazaqstan. He took part more than 15 movies and TV series. He payed in American historical-dramatic TV Serie “Marco Polo” as a negative character (2014).
  • Azat Seitmetov (born in 1964): Kazakh theater and film actor. Honored Actor of Kazakhstan. Winner of the Award “Seoul International Drama Awards” “best male role” for the main role in the TV Serie “Father” in 2016. He played in many Kazakh movies and TV series like: comedy TV Serie “Ainalain” as Berik husband of Bulbul, in the biographical movie “Balalyq Shagymnyn Aspany” (English “The Sky of My Childhood“) as Policeman (2011), in the movie “The Way to The Mother” as Zhanseit (2016).
  • Erkebulan Dayirov (born in 1986): Kazakh theater and film actor. Laureate of the Prize of the Union of Youth of Kazakhstan “Serper” in 2013, Medal “Namys” named after Baurzhan Momyshuly – for the role of B.Momyshuly in 2014, Prize “Silver George” for the best performance of male role, Moscow International Film Festival in 2015, Honored Actor of Kazakhstan in 2018. Works as actor: Historical – biographic TV Serie “Baurzhan Momyshuly” as B.Momyshuly (2013), biographic movie “Zhuldyzdar Togyskanda” /Russian “Tak Slozhilis Zvezdy” (English This is how the Stars Formed ) as Abish / father of N.Nazarbayev (2016), movie”The Way to The Mother” as Mukan (2016), historical TV Serie “Kazakh Khanate” as Zhanibek Khan (2016-2018), biographic movie “Amre” as Mustafa Shokai (2018), historical TV Serie “Golden Orda” as Musab (2018), biographic TV Serie “Baluan Sholaq” as young Baluan Sholaq (2019), historical TV Serie “Tomoris” as Kharasp (2019).
  • Zhandos Aibasov (born in 1989): Kazakh actor, stuntman, screenwriter, producer, director. He played in many Kazakh movies like: “He and She“, “Taraz“, “Lift” and etc. Winner of the Award “Kinoshock – 2015” in nomination “Best Actor” at the Film Festival of the CIS and Baltic States. He is a stuntman of “NOMAD” (“NOMAD” is a popular group of stuntmen in Kazakhstan).
  • Sanjar Madi (born in 1986): Popular Kazakh actor. Winner of the “Laureus World Sports Awards” (Sport Oscar Awards) in 2018. He starred in such movies and TV series like: comedy movie of Timur BekmambetovYolki 2” (2011), historical-dramatic TV Serie “Marco Polo” (2014), Russian superhero film of Sarik AndreasyanGuardians” as Khan (2017), action movie of Drew ThomasThe Mongolian Connection” as Serik Ibrayev (2019), biographic movie of Jeff VespaAmre“/”Paris Song” as Amre Kashaubayev (2018), and etc.

Playwriters

  • Zhumat Shanin (1892-1938): Soviet and Kazakh director, dramaturg and the first person who was awarded with People’s Artist of Kazakh SSR in 1931. Zhumat Shanin was a founder of the Kazakh national professional theatrical art, founder and was an artistic director of the Kazakh Drama Theater in Kyzylorda in 1925. As dramaturg Zh.Shanin wrote some famouse plays like: “Kozy Korpesh-Bayan Sulu“,”Arkalyk Batyr“, “Aidarbek“, “Pictures of the Life” and many others. Zh.Shanin worked with Alexandr Zataevich, Amre Kashaubayev, Kalibek Kuanyshov, Isa Baizakov and many other famous people.

Theater Artists

  • Kulyash Baiseitova (1912-1957): real name: Gulbakhram Beisova. Soviet and Kazakh Opera singer and dramatic actress. Awards: Honored Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1934, People’s Artist of the USSR in 1936. K.Baiseitova worked at the Kazakh Drama Theater and State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater after named “Abay“. Her roles at the theater were: “Zaure” as Zaure, “Enlik-Kebek” as Enlik, “Aiman-Sholpan” as Aiman, “Shuga” as Shuga, “Kyz Zhibek” as Zhibek, “Yevgeny Onegin” as Tatyana, “Madame Butterfly” as Cio-Cio-San and many others.
  • Qanabek Baiseitov (1905-1979): Soviet and Kazakh theater and film actor, director, dramaturg, singer and People’s Artist of the Kazakh SSR, Laureate of the State Prize of the Kazakh SSR. Awards: Order of Lenin in 1959 and Order of the Red Banner of Labour. Since Q.Baiseitov worked at the Kazakh Drama Theater. Qanabek Baiseitov played the main role in the play of Zhumat ShaninApkalyk Batyr” in 1926. Also he wrote plays like “Ozbyr Bolys“, “Zaure“, “Tartys“, “Kelinshek” and others and he translated the works of Russian playwriters into Kazakh language. He played in such plays like “Kyz Zhibek“, “Er Targyn“, “Zhalbir” and other plays, but the main role Abai in opera of Akmet Zhubanov and Latif Khamidi which was in 1944, was pinnacle of Qanabek Baiseitov‘s work as an actor. His wife was K.Baiseitova (real name: Gulbakhram Beisova).
  • Kamysh Karabalinova/ Kamash Karabalinova/Abdullina: Soviet and Kazakh theater actress. Married with the famous Soviet and Kazakh opera singer M.Abdullin.
  • Shara Zhienkulova (1912-1991): Real name is Gulshara Zhienkulova. Married with the Kazakh opera singer K.Zhandarbekov. Soviet and Kazakh dancer. One of the first Kazakh chareographer and author of many Kazakh national dance like: “Kelinshek” (Eng. Bride), “Kara Zhorga“, “Tattimbet“, “Aizhan Kyz“, “Kyryk Kyz” (Eng. Fourty Girls). Awards: Honored Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1936, Order of the Badge of Honour in 1936, People’s Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1938, Order of Lenin in 1959, Order of the Red Banner of Labour in 1972 and 1982. Sh.Zhienkulova got her firs role at the Auezov Theater in Almaty. Works at the Auezov Theater: “Maidan” (Eng. Battle) by B.Mailin, “Enlik-Kebek” (as Enlik) by M.Auezov, “Karagoz” (as Karagoz) by M.Auezov and many others. Works at the Abay Opera House: “Aiman-Sholpan” by M.Auezov (dance “Kelinshek” by Sh.Zhienkulova), “Kyz Zhibek” by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Zhalbyr” by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Er Targyn” by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Kalkaman-Mamyr“. Sh.Zhienkulova took part in such movies: “Amangeldy” (1938), “Doughter of the Steppe” (1954), “Our Lovely Doctor” (1957). In 1940-1962 Sh.Zhienkulova worked at the Jambul Kazakh State Philharmonic in Almaty. And the she became the head of the Kazakh SSR Song and Dance Ensenble in 1962-1966. In 1966-1975 Sh.Zhienkulova was a headmaster of the Almaty Choreographic School.
  • Sara Kusherbaeva (1933- 1999): Soviet and Kazakh ballet dancer, master of the Kazakh ballet, professor and member of the Supreme Soviet of the Kazakh SSR. Awards: Honored Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1958, People’s Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1966. Since 1954 Sara Kusherbaeva worked at the Abay Opera House in Almaty. She took part in such ballets and played the main roles like: “Swan Lake” as Odette Odile by Tchaikovsky, “The Sleeping Beauty” as Aurora by Tchaikovsky, “Francesca da Rimini” as Francesca da Rimini by Tchaikovsky, “La Esmeralda” as Esmeralda by Cesare Pugni,”Giselle” (Giselle, ou les Wilis) by Adolphe Adam, “The Great Waltz” as Henrietta by Strauss, “Kozy Korpesh-Bayan Sulu” as Bayan Sulu by Yevgeny Brusilovsky, “Hirosima” as Sudzi by Gaziza Zhubanova and others.
  • Aitzhan Aidarbekov (1937-2001): Soviet and Kazakh theater and film actor. Awards: Honored Artist of Kazakhstan in 1984, Between 1958-1963 he worked at the Abay Opera House and then worked at Academic Drama Theater after named M.Auezov. Since 1969 A.Aidarbekov worked at the Children’s and Teenager’s Theater after named G.Musirepov. A.Aidarbekov played in such plays like: “Young Abay” (as Maibasar) by M.Auezov, “Shuga” (as Shoqparbay) by B.Mailin, “Pure Love” (as Tekebai) by S.Mukanov, “Good Bye, in My Fairy Tale” (as oldman Ali) by B.Mukaev, “Hamlet” (as Polonin) by W.Shakespear and others. And also he played in some movies one of them is “Alpamys will go to School” as the Headmaster of the School.
  • Ramazan Bapov (1947-2014): Soviet and Kazakh ballet dancer, ballet master, choreographer, professor. The first ballet dancer in Kazakh history who got the Award People’s Artist of USSR in 1979. We can say that he was the first Kazakh ballet dancer ho won the second place in the junior division of the Varna International Ballet Competition in 1966 in Varna, Bulgaria. Since 1967 R.Bapov worked at the Abay Opera House in Almaty. His friend Pavel Rotaru invited him to work at his Ballet School in USA. R.Bapov lived in USA 13 years. In these time he opened his own School of Ballet in USA, where studied more than 140 students. R.Bapov moved back to Kazakhstan by invitation of the President of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev in 2007. After that R.Bapov became the main ballet master of the Abay Opera House in 2008. R.Bapov was an advisor to the headmaster of the theater on choreography and a professor at the Kazakh National Academy of Arts named after T. K. Zhurgenova in Almaty.
  • Nursulu Tapalova (1923-1998): Soviet and Kazakh ballet dancer, actress. Awards: Honored Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1954, Order of the Badge of Honour. Since 1936 N.Tapalova worked at the Abay Opera House in Almaty. In 1954 she worked at the State Kazakh Concert AssociationKazakhconcert“. And then she moved to Jambul Kazakh State Philharmonic in Almaty. N.Tapalova took part in such ballets like: “Kyz Zhibek” by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Abay” by A.Zhubanov and L.Khamidi, “Birzhan-Sara” by M.Tulebayev,Kazakh Dance” by L.Khamidi, “Esmeralda” by M-.Moiseyev, “Swan Lake” by P.Tchaikovsky, “Spring” by N.Nadirov, “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai” by B. Asafiev and others. N.Tapalova took part in many Kazakh movies one of the is “Jambul” as Saltanat (1952).
  • Almas Bekbosynov (1924-1974): Soviet and Kazakh ballet dancer, balletmeister. A.Bekbosynov is one of the first generation of the Kazakh ballet dancers. Awards: Honored Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1947, Order of the Badge of Honour. In 1939 A.Bekbosynov became a dancer of the Kazakh State Philharmonic. In 1940-1959 A.Bekbosynov was one of the main soloist of the Abay Opera House in Almaty. He performed in both style: classical and national. A.Bekbosynov took part in such ballets: “Kambar and Nazym” (as Kambar) by V.Velikanov, “Spring” by I.Nadirov, “Don Quixote” (as Sancho Panza) by L.Minkus, “La Esmeralda” (as Quasimodo) by C.Pugni, “The Fountain of the Bakhchisarai” (as Girey Khan) by B.Asafyev, “Giselle” (as Hans) by A.Adam and others. A.Bekbosynov also took part in such operas as a dancer: “Abay” by A.Zhubanov and L.Khamidi, “Kyz Zhibek” by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Zhalbyr” by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Birzhan-Sara” by M.Tolebayev and others.
  • Dina Zhangozina (Zhurkina) (1939): Soviet and Kazakh ballet dancer, actress, ballet expert. Author of the works on Indian dance in Kazakh ballet. In 1957-1959 D.Zhankozina worked at the Abay Opera House in Almaty. D.Zhankozina (Zhurkina) took part in the famous movie “Our Lovely Doctor” (as dancer) directed by Sh.Aimanov (1957).
  • Raushan Baiseitova (born in 1947): Ballet dancer, balletmeister. R.Baiseitova was a niece of the Kazakh Opera Singer K.Baiseitova. Awards: People’s Artist of Kazakh SSR in 1978, Honored Artist of Kazakh SSR in 1973, Laureate of the State Prize of Kazakh SSR in 1986 and 1981, Order of “Kurmet” in 2004. Since 1966 R.Baiseitova worked at the Abay Opera House in Almaty. She took part in such ballets: “Kozy Korpesh-Bayan Sulu” (as Bayan) by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Eternal Flame” (as Mother) by S.Erkinbekov, “Aksak Kulan” (as Barshagul) by Ye.Serkebayev, “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai” (as Maria) by B.Asafyev, “La Bayadere” (as Hamsatti/Gamzatti,daughter of the Rajah Dugmanta of Golconda) by L.Minkus, “Hirosima” (as Yuki) by G.Zhubanova, “The Firebird” (as Firebird) by I.F.Stravinsky and many others.
  • Altynai Asylmuratova (born 1961): Kazakh and Russian ballet dancer, actress, professor. Daughter of the Kazakh ballet dancer Abduakhim Asylmuratov. Awards: Honored Artist of Russian Federation in 1983, Laureate of the Prize “Zolotoy Sofit” (Eng. Golden Soffit) in 1999, People’s Artist of Russia in 2001, Order of Friendship in 2013, Order of Parasat in 2016. A.Asylmuratova became a principal dancer/prima ballerina of theMariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1987. And then she was a soloist of The Royal Ballet in London, United Kingdom in 1989-1993. In 1995-1997 A.Asylmuratova was in the troupe of the Ballet National de Marseille in Marseille, France. A.Asylmuratova was invited by Paris Opera in 1994. In 2015 A.Asylmuratova was invited to the opera house Astana Opera in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. And she became the artistic director of the ballet troupe of Astana Opera.
  • Saule Asimova-Zhumartova (born in 1969): Kazakh actress and ballet dancer. In 1986-1992 S.Asimova (Zhumartova) worked at the Abay Opera House in Almaty. Since 1996 solorist of the ballet group Croatian National Theater in Zagreb. S.Asimova (Zhumartova) was in such movies like: “Tale about The Beauty Aisulu“, “If I were a Shark“, “Artimizia“, “Leytenant S” , “Mercy of the Sea“. S.Ashimova (Zhumartova) took part in such ballets at the Abay Opera House: “Aksak Kulan” by A.Serkebayev, “Karagoz” by G.Zhubanova, “La Dame aux Camelias” author A.DSumas, “La Traviata” by G.Verdi, “Swan Lake” by P.Tchaikovsky, “The Nutcracker” by P.Tchaikovsky and many others.
  • Saule Rakhmedova (born in 1969): ballet dancer, and The First “Miss Kazakhstan” in 1989. Awards: Honored Artist of Kazakhstan in 2006, Order of Kurmet in 2013. In 1989-1996 S.Rakhmedova was the main soloist at the Russian National Ballet Theater. Then in 1997-1998 S.Rakhmedova worked with Southern Ballet of Orlando and New-Jersey Ballet Company in USA. Since 2008 S.Rakhmedova is a principal dancer/prima ballerina of the Abay Opera House in Alamaty. Works at the Abay Opera House: “The Sleeping Beauty” by S.Prokofiev, “Swan Lake” by P.Tchaikovsky, “Romeo and Juliet” by S.Prokofiev, “Carmen” by P.Merimee, “La Esmeralda” by C.Pugni, “Cinderella” by S.Prokofiev, “Giselle” by A.Adam, “Anna Karenina” by R.Shchedrin, “Shahrezada“by M.Fokin, “La Bayadere” by L.Minkus, “Le Corsaire” by A.Adam and many others.

Composers and musicians

  • Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly (1818/1823–1889/1896): Kazakh folk composer, instrumentalist, dombra player and folk musician. K.Sagyrbayuly is an author of many-many Kazakh kyuis. For example: “Kishkentai” (one of the first kyui of K.Sagyrbayuly), “Alatau“, “Saryarka“, “Balbyraun“, “Balkaimak“, “Adai“, “Akzhelen“, “Kuanysh“,”Aksak Kiyk“, “Serper“, “Nazym“, “Toremurat“, “Kyzyl Kain“, “Zhiger“, “Kobik Shashkan“, “Akbai“, “Amandasar“, “Laushken“,”Teris Kakpai“,”Kapy“, “Bozsholaq” and many others. His student was a famous Kazakh woman, dombra player D.Nurpeisova.
  • Nurgisa Tlendiyev (1925-1998): Soviet and Kazakh composer, conductor, dombra player, professor. Awards: Order of the Red Banner of Labour in 1959, People’s Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1975, People’s Artist of USSR in 1984, Order of the Patriotic War in 1985, People’s Hero of Kazakhstan in 1998, Order of Otan in 1998. In 1953-1961 N.Tlendiyev became the conductor of the Abay Opera House in Almaty. And he moved to Kurmangazy Kazakh State Academic Orchestra of Folk Instruments and became the main conductor and artistic director. After this, N.Tlendiyev was a headmaster of the Abay Opera House. N.Tlendiyev was a main music editor of the film studio “Kazakhfilm” in 1968-1981. Then he was a main conductor of the Folk Musical OrchestraOtrar Sazy“. Author of over 500 music compositions. For Example: Songs, Kyuis, Overtunes, Cantatas, Operas, Ballets, Poems and Romances.
  • Shamshi Kaldayakov (1930–1992): Soviet and Kazakh composer, famous as “King of the Kazakh Waltz” and mandalin player. Music author of the National Anthem of KazakhstanMenin Qazaqstanym” (Eng. My Kazakhstan). Awards: People’s Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1991, Honored worker of the culture of the Kazakh SSR in 1980. Sh.Kaldayakov made more than 55 music for songs. His works: “Kuanysh Valsy” (Eng. The Waltz of Joy), “Bakyt Kushagynda” ( Eng. In The Arms of The Happiness/In The Hug of The Happiness), “Barinende Sen Sulu” (Eng. You are the most Beautiful Girl), “Omir Ozen” (Eng. River of Life/The River-The Life), “Kaidasyn” (Eng. Where are you?), “Otan” (Eng. Motherland), “Otyrardagy Toi” (Eng. The Celebration in Otrar), “Anim Sen Edyn” (Eng. You were My Song/You are My Song), “Kyz Sagynyshy” (Eng. The Missing of Girl – the girl who is missing somebody (Love), the feeling), “Syr Suluyi” (Eng. The Beautiful Girl of Syr Daria/ The Beauty from/of Syr Daria), “Tamdy Aruy” (Eng. The Beautiful Girl of Tamdy/The Beauty of Tamdy), “Kayikta” (Eng. On The Boat) and many others.
  • Bazarbai Zhumanyazov (1936-2015): Soviet and Kazakh composer, professor. Awards: Honored Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1983, Order of the Friendship of Peoples in 1986, People’s Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1990, Order of Parasat in 1999. In 1964-1965 B.Zhumabyazov was a musical editor of the film studio “Kazakhfilm“. And then in 1973-1984 he became a deputy chairman of the Union of Composers of Kazakhstan. In 1984-1987 B.Zhumanyazov was a headmaster of the Abay Opera House in Almaty. In 1991-1998 he became the first secretary of the Union of Composers of Kazakhstan. B.Zhumanyazov wrote music for plays and films. Works: “Makhambet“, cantata “Earth“, “Cantata about the Motherland“, cantata “Glory of Labour“, orchestra poem “Serper“, choral poem “Song of Anger” by M.Otemisuly, symphonic kyui “Joy“, contata “Triumph of the Matherland“, symphonic picture “Steppe” and many others.
  • Raisa Sadykova (1944-2020): Soviet and Kazakh conductor, kapellmeister, The first Kazakh woman who became a professional conductor, bandmaster. Since 1975 R.Sadykova was a conductor of the Abay Opera House in Almaty. And then in 1964-1975 R.Sadykova worked at the Kurmangazy Kazakh State Academic Orchestra of Folk Instrument in Almaty.
  • Tolepbergen Abdrashev (1948-2007): Soviet and Kazakh conductor, kapellmeister, composer, professor. Awards: Honored Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1982, People’s Artist of Kazakhstan in 1995, Laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 1998, Order of Kurmet in 2005. In 1978-1982 T.Abdrashev was a composer of the State Symphony Orchestra of the Kazakh SSR. Then in 1983-1985 he was a composer of the Abay Opera House in Almaty. In 1987-2007 T.Abdrashev was the main conductor of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Kazakhstan. T.Abdrashev was a professor at the Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory in Almaty.
  • Marat Bisengaliev (born 1962): Kazakh famous violinist, conductor, professor. Awards: Honored Artist of Kazakhstan in 2000, Order of Kurmet in 2000 and many others. M.Bisengaliyev founded Kazakh Chamber Orchestra/Concert Orchestra “Altyn Alma” in 1988. And also M.Bisengaliyev is the founding Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra of India since 2006 – the first professional orchestra in the history of India. M.Bisengaliyev is a conductor and an artistic director of the West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Alan Buribaev (born 1979), conductor

Opera Singers

  • Zhusupbek Elebekov (1904-1977): Kazakh Opera singer. Z.Elebekov was a solonist of the Kazakh Philharmonic Society and the “Kazakh Concert” in 1935-1960. Awards: People’s Artist Of Kazakh SSR in 1942, Laureate of the State Prize of the Kazakh SSR in 1968, Order of Lenin in 1959, Order of the Red Banner Labor and many others. Z.Elebekov‘s students were famouse Kazakh artists: Madeniet Yeshekeev, Kairat Baibosynov, Zhanibek Karmenov.
  • Anuarbek Umbetbayev (1914-1973): Soviet and Kazakh Opera singer and one of the founder of the Kazakh Opera art. Awards: People’s Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1947, Laureate of the Stalin Prize in 1949, Order of the Red Banner of Labour in 1959. Since 1937 A.Umbetbayev worked at the Abay Opera House in Almaty. He took part in such operas like: “Abay” (as Aidar) by A.Zhubanov and L.Khamidi, “Dudarai” (as Duman) by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Nazygym“(as Baki) by Q. Khojamyarov, “Birzhan-Sara” (as Birzhan) by M.Tulebayev, “Altynshash” (as Jik-Mergen) by N.Cihanov, “Daisi” (Eng. Twilight) (as Malkhaz) by Z.Paliashvili, “Carmen” (as Don Joze) by G.Bizet, “Tosca” (as a painter Cavaradossi) by G.Puccini, “Cio-Cio-San” (Madama Butterfly) (as Lieutenant in the United States Navy) by G.Puccini, “Ruslan and Lyudmila” (as a good sorcerer Finn) by M.Glinka and many others.
  • Muslim Abdullin (1916-1996): Soviet and Kazakh opera singer and crooner (Estrada singer). M.Abdullin is a twin brother of R.Abdullin. Awards: People’s Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1947, Order of the red Banner of Labour in 1959, Order of the Badge of Honour in 1986. In 1939-1965 M.Abdullin worked at the Abay Opera House in Almaty. Since 1965 he was head of the State Kazakh Concert AssociationKazakhconcert”. M. Abdullin took part in such operas like: “Kyz Zhibek” (as Tulegen) by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Zhalbyr” (as Kairakbai) by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Er Targyn” (as Balpana) by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Aiman-Sholpan” (as Arystan) by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Abay” (as Azim) by A.Zhubanov and L.Khamidi, “Amangeldy” (as Zilkary) by Ye.Brusilovsky and M.Tulebayev, “Birzhan-Sara” (as Serik) by M.Tulebayev, “Kamar Sulu” (as Tuyakbai) by Ye.Rakhmadiyev and others.
  • Rishat Abdullin (1916-1988): Soviet and Kazakh opera singer, Crooner (Estrada singer). R.Abdullin is a twin brother of the Kazakh Opera singer M.Abdullin. Awards: People’s Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1947, Order of the Red Banner of Labour in 1959,People’s Artist of USSR in 1967, State Prize of the Kazakh SSR in 1978, Order of the Friendship of People in 1986, Order of the October Revolution. Between 1939-1985 R.Abdullin worked at the Abay Opera House. He sang opera songs with his brother M.Abdullin. R.Abdullin took part in such operas like: “Abay” (as Abai) by A.Zhubanov and L.Khamidi, “Dudarai” (as Artyom, Duman) by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Nazygym” (as Gulmat) by Q.Khojamyarov, “Zhalbyr” (as Sugur) by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Beket” (as Olzhai) by A.Zilber, “Birzhan-Sara” (as Kozhagul) by M.Tulebayev, “Yevgeny Onegin” (as Onegin) by P.Tchaikovsky, “Golden Grain” (as Sugur) by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Carmen” (as Escamillo) by G.Bizet, “La Traviata” (as Alfredo Germont a young bourgeuos from a provincial family) by G.Verdi, “Daisi” (as Kiazo) by G.Puccini, “Cio-Cio-San” (Madama Butterfly) (as Sharpless, United states consul in Nagasaki) by G.Puccini and many others. R.Abdullin took part in the movie “Our Lovely Doctor” as Singer (1957).
  • Roza Baglanova (1922-2011): Soviet and Kazakh Opera and Estrada singer. Awards: People’s Artist of Kazakh SSR in 1955, People’s artist of USSR in 1967, Order of Lenin in 1959, People’s Hero of Kazakhstan in 1996, and many others. Since 1941 R.Baglanova worked in Samarkand at the State Women’s Song and Dance Ensemble of the Uzbek SSR of the Uzbek Philharmonic. During World War II R.Baglanova went to the front with the ensemble. She was a part of a brigade of artists who made concerts for soldiers as support. R.Baglanova performed in front of the soldiers of the Red Army right on the front line. Her front-line concerts were successful. She sang songs from the repertoire of L.Ruslanova. Especially the song “Ah, Samara-Gorodok“. L.Ruslanova gave this song “Ah, Samara-Gorodok” to R.Baglanova as a present. On May 9, 1945 she took part in the Victory Concert in Berlin. On the battlefield, a shell exploded trough to her face by damaging her eyes. In 1979 was made operation to her eyes. In 1947-1949 R.Baglanova worked at the Abay opera house in Almaty. After that in 1949-1960 she worked at the Jambul Kazakh State Philharmonic in Almaty. In 1960 R.Baglanova became the leading stage master of the Kazakh State Concert AssociationKazakhconcert“.
  • Yermek Serkebaev (1926-2013): Soviet and Kazakh Opera singer, actor and professor. Awards: People’s Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1958, People’s Artist of USSR in 1959, Laureate of Kazakh SSR Prize in 1972, Laureate of USSR Prize in 1977, Hero of Socialist Labour in 1986, Order of Otan in 1997 and others. Since 1947 Yermek Serkebaev worked at the Abay Opera House in Almaty. Yermek Serkebaev was a member and chairman of the jury of many prestigious contests of performers. Since 1988 he also was a Chairman of the Board of the Union of Musical Figures of the Republic of Kazakhstan and a member of the Presidium of the International Union of Musical Figures in Moscow. Yermek Serkebaev also played in some movies like: “Our lovely Doctor” as Taken in 1957, “Taqyaly Perishte” (Angel in Skullcap) as Chingiz in 1968 directed by Shaken Aimanov.
  • Roza Jamanova (1928-2013): Soviet and Kazakh Opera singer, professor. Awards: People’s Artist of USSR in 1959, Honored Artist of the Kazakh SSR in 1957, Order of the Red Banner of Labour in 1971, Order of Lenin in 1986, Order of Parasat in 2001. Since 1953 Roza Jamanova worked at the Abay Opera House in Almaty. Roza Jamanova‘s favorite character was Cio-Cio-San, opera of Italian opera compose Giacomo PucciniCio-Cio-San“/”Madame Butterfly“. Roza Jamanova was a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and was a Deputy of the Supreme Soviet of Kazakh SSR 6th convocation and Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union 8th convocation.
  • Bibigul Tulegenova (born in 1929): Soviet and Kazakh Opera singer, actress, professor. Awards: People’s Artist of USSR in 1967, State Prize of USSR in 1970, Hero of the Socialist Labour in 1991. Since 1954 B.Tulegenova worked at the Kazakh Radio. Since 1956 she worked at the Kazakh National Conservatory named after Kurmangazy and also she worked at the Abay Opera House since 1971. B.Tulegenova was a deputy of the Supreme Soviet of USSR between 1968-1982, 9th convocation. Her famous repertoires: “Bulbul” (Eng. Nightingale) by L.Khamidi, “Gaukhar Tas” (Eng. Diamond) Kazakh Folk song, “Kos Karlygash” (Eng. Two Swallows) by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Tarantella” by Ye.Rakhmadiev, “Spring Waltz” by S.Mukhamedzhanova, and others. She took part in such operas like: “Kyz Zhibek” (as Kyz Zhibek) by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Abay” (as Azhar) by A.Zhubanov and L.Khamidi, “Enlik-Kebek” ( as Enlik) by G.Zhubanova, “Alpamys” (as Gulbarshyn) by Ye.Rakhmadiev, “Don Giovanni” (as Zerlina) by Mozart, “Don Pasquale” (as Norina) by G.Donizetti, and others. B.Tulegenova also took part in famous Kazakh movies like: “Dala Kyzy” (Eng. Daughter of the Steppe) as Karashash (1954), “Our lovely Doctor” as Singer (1957), “Taqyaly Perishte” (Eng. Angel in Skullcap) as Dougter of Tana (1968), “Parallel Voices” as Opera singer (2005), in the biographical movie “Balalyq Shagymnyn Aspany” (English “The Sky of My Childhood“) as Grandmother of N.Nazarbayev.
  • Bakyt Ashimova (1937-2012): Soviet and Kazakh singer. Awards: People’s Artist of Kazakhstan in 1984. Since 1963 B.Ashimova worked at the Abay Opera House in Almaty. She took part in such operas like: “Abay” by A.Zhubanov and L.Khamidi, “Tulegen Toktarov” by A.Zhubanov and L.Khamidi, “Kyz Zhibek” by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Er Targyn” by Ye.Brusilovsky, “Birzhan-Sara” by M.Tulebaev, “Alpamys” by N.Zhiganov, “Yevgeny Onegin” by P.Tchaikovsky, “Cio-Cio-San” by G.Puccini, “Kurmangazy” by G.Zhubanova, “Aisulu” by S.Mukhamedzhanov, “Zhumbak Kyz” ( eng. Mysterious Girl) by S.Mukhamedzhanov, “Kamar Sulu” by Ye.Rakhmadiev, and others. B.Ashimova also sang the songs of the Kazakh composer N.Tlendiev: “Zhuregim Menin“(Eng. My Heart), “Kua Bol“, “Mahabbat Muny“(Eng. The Sadness Of Love), “Kunder-ai“(Eng. Oh, Days), “Sarzhailau“(Golden Steppe), “Sonbeidy Azhe, Shyragyn” and others. And also B.Ashimova sang the songs of Ye.Pakhmadiev: “Bala Gashyq” (Childish Love), “Sagyndym Erkem” (I miss you), “Kuzde“(in Autumn) and song of B.Kurmangaliev “Ardagym” (My Dear), song of the “King of the Kazakh Waltz” Kazakh composer Sh.KaldayakovShynarym“, Kazakh composer A.BeiseuovAltynym“, “A.Moldagaiov Algashky Ustazym” , ZhakanovAlmaty Keshi” and others.
  • Sultan Baisultanov (1947-2012): Soviet and Kazakhstani Opera singer. Awards: People’s Artist of Kazakhstan and People’s Artist of Checheno-Ingush ASSR. S.Baisultanov worked at the State Theater of Chechen for Young Spectators and then since 1979 he worked at the Abay Opera House in Almaty. S.Baisultanov also worked at Kazakh National Conservatory in Almaty. He took part in such operas: “Twenty Eight” (as Kosayev) by G.Zhubanova, “Birzhan-Sara” (as Birzhan) by M.Tolebayev, “Yevgeny Onegin” (as Vladimir Lensky) by P.Tchaikovsky,Prince Igor” (as Vladimir Igorovich) by A.Borodin, “Iolanta” (as Count Vaudemont, a Burgundian knight) by P.Tchaikovsky, “The Queen of Spades” (as Herman) by P.Tchaikovsky, “La Traviata” (as Alfredo Germont) by G.Verdi, “Rigoletto” (as Duke of Mantua) by G.Verdi, “Turandot” (as The unknown Prince (Calaf)) by G.Puccini, “Madama Butterfly” (as B.F.Pinkerton) by G.Puccini, “Carmen” (as Don Jose) by G.Bizet, “Faust” (as Faust) by Ch.Gounod, “The Barber of Seville” (as Count Almaviva) by G.Rossini, “The Tales of Hoffmann” (as Hoffmann) by J.Offenbach, “Die Fledermaus“/”The Bat” (as Heinrich von Eisenstein) by J.Strauss II, “Lucia di Lammemoor” (as Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood) by G.Donizetti and many others.
  • Alibek Dnishev (born in 1951): Soviet and Kazakh Opera and Estrada singer. Awards: People’s Artist of Kazakh SSR in 1979, People’s Artist of USSR in 1986, Order of Parasat in 1996, Order of Otan in 2001. A.Dnishev was in the vocal instrumental-ensemble “Zhetigen“. In 1976 A.Dnishev became the soloist of the Jambul State Kazakh Philharmonic in Almaty. And then in 1978 he became the soloist of the Abay Opera House in Almaty. A.Dnishev was a deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the Kazakh SSR, 11th convocation. A.Dnishev‘s repertoires: “Abay” by A.Zhubanov and L.Khamidi, “Dudarai” by Ye.Brusilovsky, “May Night” by N. Rimsky-Korsakov, “Yevgeny Onegin” by P.Tchaikovsky, “Prince Igor” by A.Borodin,and many others.

Fashion Industry

  • Kuralai Nurkadilova (born in 1969): Kazakh fashion designer, stylist, member of the Association of Business Women of Kazakhstan, headmaster of the National Chamber of Fashion of the Republic of Kazakhstan and owner of the Fashion company “KURALAI“. Awards: “Designer of the Year” and “Person of the Year” according to the magazine Harper’s Bazaar Kazakhstan in 2007. K.Nurkadilova designed the standard bearer’s clothing of Kazakhstan for Beijing 2008 (2008 Summer Olympics Games of the XXIX Olympiad) and suit was recognized as one of the best at the opening ceremony of the Olympics. At the moment the clothes in the Museum of Beijing National Stadium, well known as Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing.
  • Berik Ismailov (1969-2020): Kazakh fashion designer and owner and headmaster of the Fashion salon “Berik Ismailov“. He was a member of the International Association of Designers. His fashion project “Zhoqtau” won International Awards in 2004. As designer he took part with other Kazakh designers in the beauty competition “Қазақ аруы” (English: Beauty Kazakh girl/ Miss Kazakhstan).
  • Aida Kaumenova (born in 1976): Kazakh fashion designer and owner of the fashion house “Aida KaumeNOVA“. Laureate of the President’s Honorary PrizeAltyn Sapa“, Laureate of the Prize “Luxury Lifestyle Awards – 2013” in the category “Native Brand”. A.Kaumenova made Fashion Shows in South Korea, USA, France, England, Russia and in many other countries.
  • Berik Kazymzhanov (born 1994): international fashion model
  • Ruslana Korshunova (1987–2008): was international fashion model
  • Alyona Subbotina (born 1990): international fashion model

Philosophers

Info Shymkent - Kazakh Philosopher Al-Farabi born in ancient Otrar (Farab)
Famous Kazakh Philospher Al-Farabi
  • Al-Farabi (872–950): Full name: Abu Nasir Muhammad ibn Muhammad Tarkhan ibn Uzlag al-Farabi at-Turki (in Latin: Alpharabius). Al Farabi was born in Farab, current Otrar, Turkestan region, Kazakhstan. Famous philosopher, scientist, philologist, astronomer, poet, scientist and mathematician. Al Farabi also well know as “The Second Teacher” after Aristotle who was known as “The First Teacher“. Al Farabi known as a founder of the philosophy in Islamic World. Some infos are telling that he spoke in 70 languages. He wrote about philosophy, physics, metaphysics, cosmology, logics, politics, mathematics and music. His works: “A Word about Substance“, “Book about the Definition and Classification of Sciences“, “A Word about the Emptiness” (maybe it was one of the first work on vacuum), “Political Regime“, “Selected Aphorisms“, “Virtuous City“, “Enumeration of the Sciences“, “Book of Religion“, “Book of Letters“, “The necessity of the Art of the Elixir” and many others.
  • Khoja Ahmed Yassawi (1106–1166): Full name is: Ahmed bin Ibrahim bin Elias Yassawi. Well known as Khazreti Sultan. Ahmed Yassawi was born in Ispijab, current Sayram, Shymkent, Kazakhstan. Famous Turk and Sufi poet and Sufi (Muslim mystic), philosopher, wiseman, Islamic preacher. Founder of the Sufism in Central Asia. He put a lot of efforts into spreading Islam in Central Asia. Khoja Akmed Yassawi was a student of the famous Islamic preacher Arystan Bab. Works: A.Yassawi is an author of the philosophical poem “Book of Wisdom“/”Divani Hikmet“. K.A.Yassawi‘s mausoleum was build by order of the Emir Temur/Amir Temir/Temurleng the head of the Timur Empire in 1385. Now the mausoleum one of the touristic center of the Central Asia and Kazakhstan. As the legend is telling, when K.A.Yassawi turned in 63, he didn’t wanted to live on the ground. Because he told that the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s) lived only 63 years, how can I live on the ground, so he ordered to build underground Mosque and place for pray Kiluet. He spend rest of his life in underground Mosque and Kiluet. As infos telling, he lived around 90, but in some infos written that he lived 120 years. The underground Mosque and Kiluet are located next to the mausoleum in Turkestan, Turkestan region, Kazakhstan.
  • Abay Qunanbayuli (1845–1904): Famous Kazakh poet, translator, composer and philosopher. One of the first classic of the Kazakh literature. Abai is an author of the book “Book of Words“/”Abaidyn Qara Sozderi” and also known as “Gaqliya“. He is an author of the songs: “Zhelsiz Tunde Zharyk Ai“/ “Zhelsiz Tunde Zharyq Ai” (direct English translation: A Moon on the Waveless Night”) and “Kozimnyn Qarasy” (directly translated into English: You The Pupil of My Eyes). Abai wrote more than 140 poems one of the is: “Gylym Tappai Maktanba” (English translation: Don’t brag without Knowledge…/Don’t be proud without Knowledge…), “Kys“/”Winter”, “Kuz“/”Autumn”, “Zhaz” / “Summer”, “Zhazgytury” /”Summer”, “Qalyn Elim, Qazagym, Qairan Zhurtym“, “Olen Sozdin Patshasy” (Eng. translation: A Song is A King of the Word) and many many others. He also translated the poems of the foreign poets:  “Wanderers Nachtlied” by Goethe, he translated Lermontov‘s version of this poem into Kazakh language, “Yevgeny Onegin” by Pushkin, and some poems of Lermontov, some poems of Krilov and many others. 
  • Shakarim Qudayberdiuli (1858-1931): Famous Kazakh philosopher, poet, writer, author, composer, translator. One of the classic of the Kazakh literature. Shakarim Qudayberdiuli is a nephew of Abai Qunanbayuli. Shakarim is an author of the many Kazakh Dastans (Poems) like: “Kalkaman Mamyr“, “Enlik-Kebek“, “Nartailak-Aisulu“. Author of the song: “Bul An Burungy Annen Ozgerek” (English translation: This Song is Different than other song). Holland-German piano player, pianist, etnographer Bimboes Alwin Ernst wrote notes of that song of Shakarim and another song of Shakarim. Shakarim wrote a novell “Adil-Maria“. Shakarim author of the works like: “Turik, Qyrgyz, Qazaq ham Khandar Shezhiresi” (Geneology of the Khans of the Turks, Kyrgyzs, Kazakhs), “Musulmandyk Sharty” (Muslim Conditions). Shakarim translated the works of the foreign authors and poets like: “The Three Questions” by L.Tolstoy, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe, “Layla and Majnun” by Nizami Ganjavi,”Storm” and “Dubrovsky” by A.S.Phuskin into Kazakh language. Shakarim called himself “Mutulgan“.

Kazakh Artists

  • Abylkhan Kasteev (1904–1973), painter
  • Agimsaly Duzelkhanov (born 1951)

Writers and poets

Info Shymkent - Abay Sculpture in Abay Park, Shymkent
Abay Park
  • Khoja Akhmet Yassawi (1106–1166) – poet and Sufi (Muslim mystic)
  • Bukhar-zhirau Kalmakanov (1693–1789) – poet
  • Makhambet Otemisuly (1804-1846): Poet, singer, dombra player, warrior. One of the leaders of the insurrection in West Kazakhstan in 1836-1838. He was best friend of Isatai Taimanuly. M.Otemisuly‘s poems are dedicated more to the Insurrection of Kazakh People. Poems: “War“, “Isatai son of Taiman“, “A Great Dream“, “To Sultan Baimagambet“, “To Jangir“, “Curse to Jangir“, “Isatai degen Agam bar” (Eng. I have a brother who called Isatai), “Isatai Sozy” (Eng. Word of Isatai), “Argymakka oq tidy” (Eng. The Horse was shooted- it’s about the death of Isatai Taimanuly), “Zhalgan Dunye” (Eng. A lie Life), “Munaima” (Eng. Don’t be sad), “Tarlanym“, “Yereuil Atka Er Salmai“, “Jaik boiy kok shalgyn“, “Azamat Erdin Balasy“, “Zhelp-zhelp etken Ala Tu“, “Munar Kun“. M.Otemisuly an author of the 11 kyuis ( the music played by Kazakh musical instrument Dombra).
  • Shokan Walikhanuli (1835–1865) – scholar, ethnographer and historian
  • Ibrahim Altynsarin (1841–1889) – pedagogue, writer
  • Abay Qunanbayuli (1845–1904) – poet, composer and philosopher
  • Jambyl Jabayev (1846–1945) – akyn, student of Suinbay
  • Alikhan Bokeikhanov (1866–1937) – writer, political activist and environmental scientist
  • Akhmet Baytursinuli (1873–1937) – poet, writer, pedagogue and politician
  • Mirjaqip Dulatuli (1885–1935) – poet, writer and a leader of Alash Orda government
  • Sultanmahmut Toraygirov (1893–1920) – poet and writer
  • Magzhan Zhumabayev (1893–1938) – writer, publicist, founder of modern Kazakh literature
  • Saken Seyfullin (1894–1939) – poet and writer, national activist
  • Mukhtar Auezov (1897–1961) – writer, public figure
  • Baurzhan Momyshuly (1910–1982) – writer, hero of the Soviet Union during World War II
  • Sabit Mukanov (1900–1973) – poet and writer
  • Gabit Musirepov (1902–1985) – writer, playwright
  • Mukaghali Makatayev (1931–1976) – akyn, poet
  • Tauman Torekhanov (born 1931) – writer, journalist and executive editor
  • Qabdesh Jumadilov (born 1936) – writer
  • Olzhas Suleimenov (born 1936) – poet, politician, and anti-nuclear activist
  • Mukhtar Shakhanov (born 1942) – writer, lawmaker, ambassador
  • Bakhytzhan Kanapyanov (born 1951) – poet and lyricist
  • Karina Abdullina (born 1976), poet and singer

Science

Applied and Natural Science

  • Alikhan Bokeikhanov (1866–1937), writer, political activist and environmental scientist
  • Shafik Chokin (1912–2003), engineer, President of Academy of Sciences
  • Kanysh Satpayev (1899–1964), engineer, geologist, President of Academy of Sciences
  • Ken Alibek (born 1950), microbiologist
  • Kaisha Atakhanova (born 1957), genetic biologist

Social science

  • Al-Farabi (872–950), scientist, philosopher and mathematician
  • Askar Dzhumadildayev (born 1956), mathematician
  • Mirza Muhammad Haidar Dughlat (1499 or 1500–1551), historian, Chagatai Turco-Mongol military general
  • Sarsen Amanzholov (1903–1958), linguist, Turkologist
  • Orazak Ismagulov (born 1930), anthropologist
  • Zhenis Kembayev (born 1975), jurist
  • Marat Aldangorovich Sarsembaev (born 1947), jurist

Sport

Boxers

  • Serik Konakbaev (born 1959) – silver medal winner of the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Bolat Niyazymbetov (born 1972) – bronze medal winner of the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Yermakhan Ibraimov (born 1972) – bronze medal winner of the 1996 Summer Olympics, champion of the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Bekzat Sattarkhanov (1980–2000) – champion of the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Bulat Jumadilov (born 1973) – silver medal winner of the 1996 Summer Olympics and 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov (born 1976) – silver medal winner of the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Bakhtiyar Artayev (born 1983) – champion of the 2004 Summer Olympics
  • Serik Yeleuov (born 1980) – bronze medal winner of the 2004 Summer Olympics
  • Bakhyt Sarsekbayev (born 1981) – champion of the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Yerkebulan Shynaliyev (born 1987) – bronze medal winner of the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Serik Sapiyev (born 1983) – boxer, champion of the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Kanat Islam (born 1984) – bronze medal winner of the 2008 Summer Olympics, WBA Inter-Continental, WBO NABO, WBO Inter-Continental, WBA Fedelatin, WBA Fedecaribe Super welterweight
  • Yerdos Zhanabergenov (born 1983) – boxer
  • Gennady Golovkin (born 1982) – silver medal winner of the 2004 Summer Olympics, current WBC, IBF, WBA Super Middleweight and IBO champion

Wrestling

Greek-Roman (Classic) style

  • Kazhymukan Munaitpasov (1871-1948) – first Kazakh who won a World Championship in 1908
  • Shamil Serikov (1956–1989) – champion of the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Jacksylyk Ushkempirov (born 1951) – champion of the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Daulet Turlykhanov (born 1963) – silver medal winner of the 1992 Summer Olympics, silver bronze-winner of the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Nurbakyt Tengizbayev(born 1983) – bronze medal winner of the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Asset Mambetov (born 1982) – bronze medal winner of the 2008 Summer Olympics
Info Shymkent - Kazakh Wrestler Kazhymukan Munaitpasov
Kazakh Wrestler Kazhymukan Munaitpasov (Image: Kazhymukan Munaitpasov Museum)

Freestyle

  • Maulen Mamyrov (born 1970) – bronze medal winner of the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Islam Bairamukov (born 1971) – silver medal winner of the 2000 Summer Olympics

Judo

  • Askhat Zhitkeyev (born 1981) – judoka, silver medal-winner of the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Yeldos Smetov (born 1992) – judoka, silver medal-winner of the 2016 Summer Olympics

Chess

  • Zhansaya Abdumalik (born 2000) – International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM)
  • Darmen Sadvakasov (born 1978) – chess grandmaster
  • Rinat Jumabayev (born 1989) – chess grandmaster

Ice hockey

  • Evgeni Nabokov (born 1975) – former NHL goaltender (1995–2015)

Soccer

  • Aigerim Aitymova (born 1993) – 2019 Kazakhstan women’s national football team
  • Seilda Baishakov (born 1950) – FC Kairat (1971 -1981)
  • Samat Smakov (born 1978) – footballer, General Director for FC Aktobe
  • Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev (born 1981) – footballer, Sports Director for FC Tobol
  • Kairat Ashirbekov (born 1982) – FC Ordabasy from 2010
  • Serikzhan Muzhikov (born 1989) – FC Astana from 2014
  • Madi Zhakypbayev (born 2000) – FC Astana from 2016
  • Baktiyar Zaynutdinov (born 1998) – Kazakh professional footballer, FC Rostov from 2019
  • Bauyrzhan Islamkhan (born 1993) – Kazakh professional footballer, captain FC Kairat from 2014
  • Yerkebulan Seydakhmet (born 2000) – Kazakh professional footballer FC Ufa from 2018

Tennis

  • Alexander Bublik (Born 1997)
  • Mikhail Kukushkin (Born 1987)
  • Yulia Putintseva (Born 1995)
  • Elena Rybakina (Born 1999)

Cycling

  • Assan Bazayev (born 1981) – cyclist
  • Alexander Vinokourov (born 1973) – cyclist

Ski Jumping

  • Assan Takhtakhunov (born 1986) – ski jumper
  • Radik Zhaparov (born 1984) – ski jumper

Figure Skating

  • Andrey Kryukov (born 1971) – Figure Skater
  • Elizabet Tursynbayeva (born 2000) – figure skater and 2019 World Silver Medalist

Others

  • Arman Chilmanov (born 1984) – taekwondo athlete, bronze prize-winner of the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Dias Keneshev (born 1985) – biathlet
  • Kaisar Nurmagambetov (born 1977) – flatwater canoer
  • Boris Polak (born 1954) – Israeli world champion and Olympic sport shooter
  • Qajymuqan (1871–1948) – freestyle wrestler
  • Eduard Vinokurov (1942–2010) – Kazakh-born Soviet Olympic and world champion fencer
  • Yernar Yerimbetov (born 1980) – gymnast
  • Aliya Yussupova (born 1984) – athlete
  • Kasym Kaysenov (23th April 1918 – 30th December 2006) – war hero and writer

→ Back to ABOUT KAZAKHSTAN