LEADERSHIP

Eurasia Festival
Artistic Director
Eurasia Festival is a project of Kyrgyz American Foundation, which was established to preserve the rich multicultural heritage of the Eurasian region and to introduce it to the general public of the United States.  The ultimate aim of the Foundation and its Festival is to promote international understanding and goodwill by means of cultural exchange.
 
The Festival features world-class performers from all over the world as well as scholars and artists from leading American arts schools. 
Aza performs with Russian bass, Mikhail Svetlov at Eurasia Festival's Opening Night Gala at Marc A. Scorca Hall in NYC
Aza conducts Eurasia Festival's Mainstage production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin Highlights at Merkin Concert Hall in NYC
Eurasia Festival Opera Institute offers singers and collaborative pianists from all over the world a unique opportunity to explore and study the operatic and art song legacies of Russia and Eurasia through an intensive educational and performing experience in New York City.
 
The study program includes daily group diction classes and individual coachings, introductory lectures on Russian and Eurasian cultures, seminars in music career development, audition preparation training sessions, open master classes, and public performance opportunities. 
Aza coaches a vocal participant of the Eurasia Festival Opera Institute
Aza coaches a piano participant of the Eurasia Festival Opera Institute
Eurasia Festival’s Emerging Artists Program offers unique opportunities for talented musicians from all over the world to showcase their artistry with appearances in New York City, Washington DC and Chicago, three of the cultural meccas of the United States. Musicians selected to participate also receive instruction in career development from experienced professional artists and entrepreneurs. 
 
The Festival reaches out to artists of all nationalities and ethnicities – to composers and performers of classical, jazz and folk music genres. Opera singers and folk music vocalists – ethnic instrumentalists and concert violinists – classical string quartets and folk music ensembles – all are welcome to make music together in three of the cultural centers of the United States - and of the world. 
Wilmington Music Festival
Artistic Director
Wilmington Music Festival is a 501©(3) non-profit arts organization with a mission to promote musical excellence and cultural diversity in the Wilmington community by presenting innovative performances and offering affordable music instruction by world-renowned teaching artists. 
Aza performs at Wilmington Music Festival's Kickoff Gala at Thalian Hall Center of the Performing Arts
Wilmington Music Festival celebrates music of a variety of musical genres and styles. This year extraordinarily gifted and skilled emerging musicians will join with teachers and entrepreneurs from around the world to present concerts and to provide educational opportunities to the local public including master classes for local performers and interactive outreach concerts in Wilmington’s public schools. 
The ultimate goal of the Festival is to establish Wilmington not only as a musical capital of the southeastern United States - in every way competitive with the “Festival of Two Worlds” in its sister port city of Charleston, South Carolina - but even more to give Wilmington’s festival the unique distinction of offering young and emerging artists from around the globe opportunities to establish important careers by their participation in the Festival’s various training programs conducted by world-renowned performing artists, teachers and entrepreneurs.
Wilmington’s potential for realizing this ambitious goal is obvious: it is one of the most charming and picturesque cities on the southeastern coast. Its infrastructure and hospitality accommodations are well established to handle large-scale influxes of visitors. The region, with its pristine beaches and world-class restaurants, is already nationally recognized as a preferred center for summer vacations. Enhancing the “Wilmington Appeal” with an annual world-class music festival, while also establishing the city as site of an important career-building step for aspiring professional musicians, would most certainly contribute to the increased popularity and prosperity of the community. 
While developing an internationally recognized musical tradition in the Wilmington community, WMF will also endeavor to enhance both cultural diversity and the over-all quality of music education in the region by offering low-cost or gratis educational benefits to the area’s public and private schools and to various other community organizations in the region. 
Aza performs at A Love Story in Music at Beckwith Recital Hall at UNC-Wilmington
Aza performs at the Bernstein Centennial Gala at Thalian Hall Center of the Performing Arts
The Outreach Program is designed to serve children, young adults and the elderly of the Wilmington community by bringing uniquely interactive concerts to local schools, universities and retirement centers. These events, offered by first-class musicians and teachers, are carefully planned to be educational experiences as well as performances. 
 
Since 2016, the Outreach Program has organized lecture-concerts and master classes at UNC-Wilmington, Snipes Academy of Art and Design and various retirement centers in the community. These events have served over 1,000 local residents.
Aza visiting with students from Snipes Academy of Art and Design in Wilmington, NC at the conclusion of WMF's educational outreach program
The WMF Emerging Artists Program offers opportunities for talented musicians from all over the world to showcase their artistry with appearances in the beautiful port city of Wilmington, North Carolina and to receive instruction in career development from experienced professional artists and entrepreneurs. 
The Festival reaches out to artists of all nationalities and ethnicities – to composers and performers of classical, jazz, blues, country and folk music genres. Opera singers and scat crooners – country fiddlers and concert violinists – classical string quartets and bebop combos – all are welcome to make music together in a relaxing and charming setting at the mouth of the majestic and mysterious Cape Fear River.
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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 
WILMINGTON MUSIC FESTIVAL
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 
EURASIA FESTIVAL
PRESIDENT
KYRGYZ AMERICAN FOUNDATION
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