Shamshi Kaldayakov

Shamshi Kaldayakov

Kazakh composer
Date of Birth: 15.08.1930
Country: Kazakhstan

  1. Biography of Shamsi Kaldayaev
  2. Wide Recognition
  3. Achievements and Works

Biography of Shamsi Kaldayaev

Shamsi Kaldayaev was a popular Kazakh composer and known as the "king of Kazakh waltz". He was born in 1956 and initially named Zhamsheed, but was commonly called Shamsi, which was later recorded in his documents. His father, Anapiya, was a blacksmith but also skilled in playing the dombra, a traditional Kazakh musical instrument, and was renowned as an akyn. Shamsi's mother had a beautiful singing voice, and from a young age, he played the mandolin. Music accompanied him throughout his childhood, and in his youth, he began composing his own songs.

Wide Recognition

Shamsi Kaldayaev's songs were performed by almost all singers in Kazakhstan, ranging from the maestro of the 1950s, Rishat Abdullin, to the contemporary youth, and were loved by the entire nation. However, despite his popularity, the most beloved composer of the country was never accepted as a member of the Union of Composers. Moscow rejected his membership three times for not having a conservatory education, which was one of the requirements. This title was only bestowed upon Shamsi posthumously, during the years of independence. He was also awarded the title of People's Artist of the Republic just two months before his passing, after learning about his serious illness.

Achievements and Works

In 1965, Shamsi Kaldayaev was awarded the Lenin Komsomol Prize of Kazakhstan. In 1991, he became a People's Artist of the Kazakh SSR. Some of his notable works include "Ak Bantik", a song by Shamsi Kaldayaev, and the albums "Collection of Famous Songs" in 2005 and "My Kazakhstan" (2 CDs) in 2006.