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Tolib-Khon Shakhidi

Date of birth13 March 1946

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

Shakhidi 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 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, 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.

In 1987 Tolib Shakhidi won the International Competition of Contemporary Music in the United States in 1993 the National Rudaki Prize (Tajikistan).

In 1999 he has a Author Concert in Big Hall of Moscow Conservatory with Russian State Orchestra.

In 2001 Tolib Shakhidi performed Vocal Poems with Haifa Symphonic Orchestra.

Tolib Shakhidi have 3 Author CD's published in London and Moscow.

Tolib-Khon Shakhidi