"Aza Sydykov’s Russian influence was witnessed in the power and clarity of execution in his performance." Triangle Arts and Entertainment
Praised by critics for his “precision and technical brilliance” and “the power and clarity of execution in his performances”, concert pianist Aza Sydykov is also noted worldwide as a conductor, accompanist and vocal coach.
A graduate of Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory and New York’s Mannes School of Music, Sydykov also serves as President of the Kyrgyz American Foundation in New York City, which sponsors the Eurasia Festival as well as various cultural exchange and educational activities. In North Carolina he is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Wilmington Music Festival.
Born into a musical family in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan, Sydykov grew up in Moscow where he was taught and mentored by Russian piano legend, Nikolai Arnoldovich Petrov.
He made his professional debut as a piano soloist at age 17 at Moscow’s International House of Music with the National Philharmonic of Russia. He has since performed all over the world - in Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Turkey, Finland, Ukraine and China. In the United States he has appeared as solo pianist at Carnegie Hall and in various other prestigious concert venues across the country.
Sydykov has been the recipient of numerous awards, including First Prize and the Grand Prize of Italy’s Euterpe International Piano and Chamber Music Competition. He is a Fellow of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation, the New Names Foundation, and the Nikolai Petrov International Philanthropic Foundation.
In 2011, Sydykov immigrated to the U.S. and continued musical studies at the Mannes School of Music at The New School with Professor Pavlina Dokovska, where he was awarded the New School University’s Presidential Scholarship and a Schoenberg Piano Stipend to pursue a Master of Music degree and a Professional Studies Diploma.
Mr. Sydykov presently lives in New York City where he maintains a private piano studio and a Russian opera training program. He is married to American soprano Nikoleta Rallis Sydykov.
"His brilliance at the keyboard dazzled our ears." Voce di Meche