Biography

Tolibkhon Shakhidi (13 March 1946) was born in the city of Dushanbe, Tajikistan. His father Ziedullo Shakhidi, was the founder of twentieth century Tajik music.

Tolibkhon began his musical career at the age of fourteen and graduated from the Musical College in Dushanbe in 1965 from the Composition Class of Uri Ter- Osipov. In the same year, he entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory. During his student years in Moscow, he strove to be at the centre of musical activities. Conductors such as Mikhail Terion and Maxim Shostakovich performed his orchestral and instrumental compositions.

In 1972 Tolibkhon Shakhidi graduated from the Moscow Conservatory from the class of Aram Khachaturian. 'Tolib, your time is precious,' wrote the famous master on Shakhidi's graduation photograph and since then, this has become the composer's fundamental belief both in life and in his creative work.

From 1972 to this day, Tolibkhon Shakhidi has participated in a number of music festivals and has striven to produce innovative and powerful compositions. His music attempts to create a synthesis between East and West. His brilliant understanding of orchestration and familiarity with different musical styles have firmly established him in the contemporary music scene.

Working in a number of different genres, including theatre and cinema, Shakhidi's compositions often serve as the vehicle for the musical representation of intensely powerful plays. Drawing inspiration from playwrights such as Sophocles and Shakespeare, Shakhidi's compositions capture the listener's imagination much as a dramatic representation would.

A master of different genres, including operas, ballets, symphonies and instrumental compositions, his work represents a unique fusion of the very best of the European and Asian musical traditions. He is a contemporary artist, whose world outlook transcends national boundaries. In this capacity, he regularly participates in international festivals of contemporary and world music in a number of different countries.

Tolib Shakhidi won several awards including the International Competition of Contemporary Music in the United States and the National Rudaki Prize in Tajikistan.

Tolib Shakhidi have 6 Author CD's and a DVD published in London and Moscow. Please check the CD's section.

Major works of composer Tolib Shakhidi

1975
Festivalsymphonic poem
1978
Death of usurersuite of ballet
1978
Tajikssymphony N 2
1980
Rubai of Khaiamfilm ballet
1981
"Charkh" - symphony for chamber ochestra
1981
Sonata N 1 for piano
1981
Recitative of Rumisuite for flute and piano
1984
Sadosymphonic poem VIEW & LISTEN ON YOUTUBE
1988
Caliph-storkoperas for children
1989
Karlic-noseoperas for children
1989
Beauty yosif - ballet
1991
Sonata N 2 for piano
1991
Sonata N 2 for piano and chamber orchestra
1992
Siavushballet,
1993
Beauty and Monsteropera
1993
Concert for violin and chamber orchestra
1994
Concert N 3 for piano and orchestra
1997
Concert N 1 for string orchestra,
1998
Firdavsiadaconcert N 2 for string orchestra
1998
Sufi-dancermusic for 15 instruments
1998
Istanbul-capricciofor saxophone and chamber orchestra.
1999
Dobro vamvocal cycle for tenor and symphonic orchestra. Poems of Hofiz, Gete, Pushkin
1999
Amir Ismoilopera
2000
Silk road dreams dancingseptet
2000
Pictures under moon for R. Finn poem. Soprano and chamber orchestra
2001
Algorismus marimba+sextet
2001
Contrasts in 55
2001
Contrastsmusic for violin and piano
2002
King Learmusic for tradegy of Shakespeare
2002
Persian Suitemusic for string orchestra
2002
Sufi and Budhapictures etude for piano
2004
Concerto Grosso N3for santur violino solo and chamber orchestra
2005
Contrast of times vocal cycle for soprano and symphonic orchestra, words of Pole Valery and Rekan
2007
Birds talkingsuite for three flute
2008
Adagiofor violoncelle - solo in remembrance of Aram Khachaturian
2008
Allegro IN 5 for chamber ensemble
2008
Four retro miniature for chorus A, Capella in remembrance of Ziyadullo Shakhidi
2008
"Magic Apples" - child opera on motives of an English fairy tale
2008
"Playing Backgamon" - for piano VIEW & LISTEN ON YOUTUBE
2009
VERDI-SHAKHIDI - parafraz, for piano from opera Traviata
2010
Concert for Clarnet and Symphonic Orchestra
2011
Quartet for 4 cello - from Indian Raga
2012
"Darius" - Pictures for Symphonic Orchestra
2012
Adagio - Existence - for string orchestra
2013
Rhapsody - Dialogue on themes of Aram Khachaturian for piano and orchestra Youtube
2013
"Two poems: Byron, Rumi" for Chorus and Chamber Ensemble
2014
"Devouring time" - Romance for voice and orchestra based on Shakespeares sonnet
2014
"Etude-Picture no 3 for piano

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Quotes
  • «Tolib Shakhidi's 3rd piano concert is undoubtedly a brilliant achievement by the composer. This music was written on impulse and is listened to with great interest. I think that this music will be performed everywhere and could become an event at any international festival.»

    Alexander Tchaikovsky
    Professor of the Moscow State Conservatory

  • «Sado» had a great impact on me: excellent script, effective and striking music.

    Boris Tchaikovsky
    Composer


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