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Almaz Khaibrakhmanov

In the choir since 2014

Almaz Haibrakhmanov was born on January 20, 1989 in the Republic of
Bashkortostan in a family of workers. Having finished music school, he entered the Ufa Art College and later moved to Kazan to study at the local conservatory.

During his last year of studies there, he went through the casting to the musicAeterna choir, of which he has been a member since.

WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU WERE GOING TO BE A MUSICIAN?
Of course, the initial impulse came from my parents. How can you think about your future when you are only 7 or 8 years old? By my parents’ initiative, I went to music school and later followed my teachers’ advice to enter music college. Still, even after my graduation, I didn’t seem to be seriously considering a career in music. It was only at the academy that I realized there was nothing else I wanted to do.
DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC AT HOME?
Certainly. I listen to all sorts of music — the choice depends on my mood. I can listen to classical music, rock or even pop. I used to play Soviet-style rock together with my friends during my school years — something along the lines of Lumen or Chizh and Co; as a student, I sang in a jazz band. In a word, I’m interested in many different genres.
WHAT MUSIC DO YOU FIND MORE INTERESTING TO WORK WITH: OLD OR MODERN?
Right now, it’s old music for me. I didn’t consider it anything special in the past — but as soon as I started working with musicAeterna, I got to feel its true beauty and power. Back then, we were rehearsing “Don Giovanni” and later the “Indian Queen”. My soul was weeping on stage: that’s how strong the emotions that I felt were. Even now I’m getting goosebumps just from talking about it.
WHAT DO YOU VALUE THE MOST IN WORKING WITH MUSICAETERNA?
It’s a unique ensemble. There’s some sort of connection among all of us here. We understand and support each other. It’s quite rare to have such an atmosphere within a music troupe.
ASIDE FROM MUSIC, WHAT ELSE DO YOU ENJOY IN LIFE?
Sports, I guess. Sometimes I play football with my friends. It helps me relax and get my mind off everything else.

musicAeterna choir events

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Dmitry Shostakovich
Ten Poems on Texts of Revolutionary Poets (1951, Op. 88)

Frank Martin (1890-1974)
Mass for Double Choir (1926)

Goffredo Petrassi (1904-2003)
“Nonsense”, for mixed choir on poems by Edward Lear (1952)

Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006)
“Nonsense Madrigals” for male voices (1993)

Alexey Syumak
“1948” (world premiere!)

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Dmitry Shostakovich
Ten Poems on Texts of Revolutionary Poets (1951, Op. 88)

Frank Martin (1890-1974)
Mass for Double Choir (1926)

Goffredo Petrassi (1904-2003)
“Nonsense”, for mixed choir on poems by Edward Lear (1952)

Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006)
“Nonsense Madrigals” for male voices (1993)

Alexey Syumak
“1948” (world premiere!)

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Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998)
Choir Concert “Pushkin Wreath”

Frank Martin (1890-1974)
Mass for Double Choir (1926)

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An event of residency

Philippe Hersant
Choral Opera Tristia (2016)

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An event of residency

Dmitri Shostakovich
Ten Poems on Texts of Revolutionary Poets (1951, Op. 88)

Dmitri Smirnov
Prayers from St. John Chrysostom’s Liturgy for mixed choir