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KazNUA Founder Aiman Mussakhajayeva Takes Center Stage in New York and Washington, D.C.

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In a world filled with political complexities and cultural diversity, music emerges as a universal language that transcends borders, connects hearts, and fosters lasting bonds of understanding and peace. From October 3rd to 10th, 2023, the founder of the Kazakh National University of Arts (KazNUA), Aiman Mussakhajayeva, a world-renowned violinist, UNESCO Ambassador, and educator, embarks on an inspiring journey to New York and Washington, D.C. Her visit is dedicated to promoting cultural and educational exchange programs, a mission exemplified by KazNUA, and celebrating the recent enactment of the PEACE through Music Diplomacy Act, a testament to the power of music in uniting cultures and promoting global harmony.

The Enactment of the PEACE through Music Diplomacy Act

The recently signed PEACE through Music Diplomacy Act represents a significant milestone in recognizing the profound influence of music on diplomacy and cultural exchange. President Biden’s signature on this bill underscores the capacity of music to build bridges between nations, enhance cross-cultural understanding, and facilitate peaceful relations worldwide. The Act directs the Department of State to collaborate with the private sector in designing and implementing music-related exchange programs, amplifying the impact of cultural diplomacy. Moreover, it explicitly authorizes music-related exchange programs that promote peace abroad and encourages the integration of conflict resolution components into relevant programs for young musicians.

Aiman Mussakhajayeva’s Inspiring Itinerary

During her visit to the United States, Aiman Mussakhajayeva will undertake a series of impactful engagements that reflect her unwavering commitment to cultural diplomacy and the promotion of music as a universal language:

October 5th, 2023: Reception at the Mission of Kazakhstan to the UN

A momentous reception will be hosted at the Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations, bringing together members of the press, political leaders, representatives from the arts and academic communities, and distinguished guests. This gathering will serve as an occasion to celebrate and acknowledge KazNUA’s ongoing mission to bridge cultural divides through education and music.

October 9th, 2023: A Night of Musical Brilliance at Carnegie Hall

Aiman Mussakhajayeva, accompanied by the Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra, will grace the illustrious stage of Carnegie Hall at 8:00 p.m. This musical extravaganza promises to be an unforgettable evening of enchanting melodies and symphonic grandeur. Following the performance, a post-concert reception from 9:45 to 10:30 p.m. will provide a unique opportunity for attendees to interact with the artists and fellow music enthusiasts.

October 10th, 2023: A Harmonious Performance at the United Nations Headquarters

On this historic day, Aiman Mussakhajayeva will deliver a captivating performance at the United Nations headquarters at 1:00 p.m. Her music will reverberate within the diplomatic chambers, resonating with the ideals of unity, peace, and collaboration that the UN embodies.

Fostering Academic and Cultural Partnerships

Aiman Mussakhajayeva’s visit is not confined to stage performances; it extends to meaningful dialogues and collaborations with esteemed institutions across the United States. Meetings with institutions such as Juilliard, NYU, Columbia, Princeton, Yale, Manhattan School of Music, New Haven High School Orchestra, International Committee of the Broadway League, New York Film Academy, and many others will explore avenues for future partnerships, collaborative initiatives, and academic exchange programs. These interactions are poised to enrich the cultural and educational landscapes on both sides.

A Life of Musical Excellence and Dedication

Born in 1958, Aiman Mussakhajayeva has woven her artistic brilliance into the fabric of music and culture. She is a revered violinist, a distinguished UNESCO Ambassador, and an accomplished educator. In her role as the rector of the Kazakh National University of Arts (KazNUA), she has played a pivotal role in nurturing the talents of emerging artists and educators. Aiman Mussakhajayeva’s involvement as a jury member in numerous international competitions and festivals further underscores her enduring contributions to the world of music and education. She has been honored with the prestigious title of “Kazakhstan Yenbek Eri” for her exceptional achievements in social and human development in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Kazakh National University of Arts (KazNUA)

Founded in 1998 by Aiman Mussakhajayeva, KazNUA stands as an epitome of academic excellence and cultural exchange. The University boasts a wide array of international exchange programs encompassing Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Jazz, Art Technology, and more. With active collaborations spanning over 20 different countries, KazNUA continues to expand its partnerships, promoting cross-cultural understanding and fostering the next generation of global artists and educators.

As Aiman Mussakhajayeva embarks on her inspiring journey to New York and Washington, D.C., she carries with her the transformative power of music diplomacy, the spirit of educational enrichment, and a vision for a more harmonious world. Her visit serves as a reminder of the unique role music plays in bridging divides and promoting peace, while also emphasizing the importance of cultural exchange programs like KazNUA in fostering cross-cultural understanding and strengthening global relations.

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