"Aza Sydykov’s Russian influence was witnessed in the power and clarity of execution in his performance." Triangle Arts and Entertainment
Renowned for his remarkable artistry and commanding stage presence, Aza Sydykov has received global acclaim from critics for his precision, technical brilliance, power, and clarity in his performances. In addition to his virtuosic piano playing, Sydykov also had a significant impact as a vocal coach, conductor, accompanist, and advocate for the arts and community.
An alumnus of Moscow's esteemed Tchaikovsky Conservatory and New York's New School University, Sydykov's contributions extend far beyond his musical accomplishments.
Notably, he serves as the Director of Music, Education, and Cultural Affairs at the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York, and President of the Kyrgyz American Foundation, roles in which he actively spearheads various international cultural and educational initiatives and exchanges. Furthermore, in North Carolina, Sydykov co-founded and holds the position of Artistic Director at the Wilmington Music Festival.
Born into a family deeply rooted in music in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan, Sydykov's formative years in Moscow were shaped under the tutelage of the renowned Russian piano legend, Nikolai Arnoldovich Petrov.
His professional debut as a piano soloist occurred at the tender age of 17, gracing the stage of Moscow's esteemed International House of Music alongside the National Philharmonic of Russia. Since then, Sydykov has captivated audiences across the globe, delivering awe-inspiring performances in Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Turkey, Finland, Ukraine, China, and the United States, including notable appearances at Carnegie Hall and other prestigious concert venues throughout the nation.
Sydykov's exceptional talent has been acknowledged with numerous accolades, including the First Prize and Grand Prize at Italy's Euterpe International Piano and Chamber Music Competition. He has been honored as a Fellow of esteemed foundations such as the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation, the New Names Foundation, and the Nikolai Petrov International Philanthropic Foundation.
In 2011, Sydykov relocated to the United States, embarking on further musical studies at The New School University’s Mannes School of Music under the guidance of Professor Pavlina Dokovska. His exceptional abilities were recognized with the prestigious New School University's Presidential Scholarship and the Schoenberg Piano Stipend, supporting his pursuit of a Master of Music degree and a Professional Studies Diploma.
Currently residing in New York City, Sydykov passionately imparts his knowledge and expertise through his artistic leadership at the Madison Avenue Baptist Church and teaching at his private piano and vocal studio.
Alongside his musical endeavors, he treasures his marriage to acclaimed American soprano Nikoleta Rallis Sydykov, and the couple has a daughter together.