Gulrukh Shakirova wins Jacobs School student “Mozart” piano concerto competition

Congratulations to pianist Gulrukh Shakirova, a student of Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler, who has won the Jacobs School of Music’s Mozart piano concerto competition and will perform with the Symphony Orchestra on November 14, David Effron conducting.

Second place in the competition went to Daniel Inamorato dos Santos Louro, a student of Professor Jean-Louis Haguenauer and third place went to Lucas Jussen, also a student of Mr. Pressler.

“The Mozart concerto K.466 is one of the most beautiful concertos ever written!” said Shakirova, “I am grateful and happy to be able to share this music with people and to have a wonderful experience of playing this masterpiece with orchestra”

From Uzbekistan, Shakirova has delighted audiences all over the world with her depth of musicality and technical brilliance. Her awards include first prize at the Republican Piano Competition, Uzbekistan; third prize at the 50th International Piano Competition “Nena Wideman,” USA; second prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition, France; and third prize at the International Piano Competition in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She has received the Presidential State Scholarship for Culture and Art in Uzbekistan, and the Certificate of Achievement from Kansas City’s International Relations Council for fostering international understanding between Uzbekistan and the United States.

Shakirova has performed throughout Uzbekistan, France, and the United States. In Uzbekistan she soloed with the National Philharmonic Orchestra. She was featured as a member of the Jacobs School’s traveling Starling Chamber Players, performing with violinist Alexander Kerr and cellist Eric Kim. This summer she was an artist fellow of the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival.

She graduated with honors from both the Uspensky Music School and the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan, studying with Marina Sultanova; and continued her studies with Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch at the International Center for Music at Park University earning Masters of Music. Shakirova has played in master classes with Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, William Grant Naboré, John O’Conor, Gilbert Kalish, Robert Levin, Martino Tirimo, Dang Thai Son.

As a composer, Gulrukh studied with distinguished Uzbek composer Ikram Akbarov. Her works have received multiple awards. A performance of her own compositions made her a Laureate of the Days of the International Meeting of Young Musicians Festival in Moscow.

This summer Gulrukh graduated with an artist diploma program at the Jacobs School and is now pursuing a doctorate in piano performance with teacher and mentor, Menahem Pressler. She is also an associate instructor of piano.

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