Gaziza Zhubanova

Gaziza Zhubanova

Kazakh composer
Date of Birth: 02.12.1927
Country: Kazakhstan

  1. Biography of Gaziza Zhubanova
  2. Education
  3. Contributions and Works
  4. Legacy and Recognition

Biography of Gaziza Zhubanova

Gaziza Akhmetovna Zhubanova was a Kazakh composer and People's Artist of the USSR (1981). She was born on December 2, 1927, in the village of Zhana-Turmys in the Jurunsky District, now known as the Mugalzhar District of the Aktobe Region, Kazakhstan. She was born into a family of the renowned composer Akhmet Zhubanov.


Gaziza Zhubanova graduated from the Gnesin State Musical College in Moscow and later attended the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (1954) where she studied composition under Professor Yuri Shaporin. In 1957, she completed her postgraduate studies under the guidance of Professor Shaporin.

Contributions and Works

Gaziza Zhubanova played a significant role in shaping the Kazakh music scene. She trained numerous renowned composers in Kazakhstan, including Almas Serkebayev, who currently resides in the United States, and Tolegen Mukhamedzhanov, Kuat Shildebayev, Adil Bestybaev, Aktoty Raimkulova, Beibit Dalenbayev, Alibi Mambetov, Azat Zhaksylykov, and others.

As a composer, Zhubanova created a diverse range of works, including three operas, four ballets, three symphonies, three concertos, six oratorios, five cantatas, over 30 chamber music compositions, songs, and choral works. She also composed music for theater plays and films, one of which was the movie "Where the White Mountains Are" (1973), directed by Victor Pusurmanov and Ashat Ashrapov.

Legacy and Recognition

Gaziza Zhubanova made significant contributions to contemporary Kazakh culture. Her multifaceted creativity elevated Kazakh music to a global level. Several streets in Kazakhstan cities are named in her honor, and the Chamber Orchestra of Kazakhstan's capital is named after her.

Conferences and music competitions are regularly held in her memory. In honor of the composer and in celebration of her 80th birthday, the festival "My World - Music!" took place in the concert hall of the Sagyrbayev Conservatory, where Gaziza Akhmetovna Zhubanova's musical works were performed over the course of five days.

Gaziza Zhubanova was not only a composer but also a renowned scholar and writer. She authored numerous essays and articles on culture, teaching methods for composers, and addressing societal issues through musical compositions. She presented her works at All-Union and international symposiums in the USSR, Italy, Japan, and other countries.