Aziz Shokhakimov

Kapellmeister Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Chief Conductor National Symphony Orchestra Uzbekistan

The remarkable young conductor Aziz Shokhakimov burst on the scene at the age of just 21 by astounding audiences in Bamberg, where he was awarded second prize at the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition under the auspices of the Bamberger Symphoniker. He has since accepted invitations to conduct at distinguished international venues.

Following the competition, Aziz Shokhakimov made several triumphant debuts with Staatskapelle Dresden, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, HR-Sinfonie-orchester, Dresdner Philharmoniker, Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich, Orchestra Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, London Philharmonic Orchestra; in Italy with Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Orchestra Filarmonica della Fenice; in Poland with the highly acclaimed Sinfonia Varsovia; in the USA with Orgeon, Pacific and Houston Symphony Orchestras.

Recognition came very early for Aziz Shokhakimov. Born in 1988 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Shokhakimov entered Uspensky Music School for Gifted Children at the age of 6, where he studied violin, viola and orchestral conducting (class of professor Vladimir Neymer). At the age of 13 he made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan, conducting Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and Liszt’s First Piano Concerto. During the following year he conducted his first opera, Carmen, at the National Opera of Uzbekistan. His relationship with both organizations resulted in invitations to perform symphonies by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Prokofiev and Shostakovich – as well as operas by Verdi and Bizet among others. Since 2006 Aziz Shokhakimov holds the position of Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan. He received support from the Vladimir Spivakov International Charitable Foundation and is a recipient of Nihol Prize from the State of Uzbekistan.

Next to his symphonic career Azih Shokhakimov is also active in the field of opera. In 2013/14 he lead a produc-tion of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the Teatro Communale di Bologna. At Deutsche Oper am Rhein he conducted a revival of Carmen after which he was engaged as Kapellmeister, starting in 2015/16. Aida, Hoffmanns Erzählungen and Rigoletto were titles this season, the next will see him in a new production of Madame Butterfly.

In May 2016 Aziz Shokhakimov was nominated for the prestigious Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award from more than 100 candidates. At the finals weekend in August he will conduct the Camerata Salzburg.