Jamilia Jazylbekova

(b. 22 March 1971, Kaskelen).

Kazakh composer, now resident in Germany, of mostly chamber works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and North America.

Ms. Jazylbekova studied piano and transverse flute at the P. I. Tchaikovsky College of Music in Almaty from 1980–89. She studied composition with Nikolai Sidelnikov and Vladimir Tarnopolski at the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow from 1990–95 and analysis with Günter Steinke, composition with Younghi Pagh-Paan and voice with Maria Kowollik at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen from 1995–2002, on a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.

Among her honours are Second Prize in a competition for chamber music in Almaty (1987, for Quartett; First Prize was not awarded), an honourable mention in the competition Jiger in Almaty (1988, for TolgauReflection), an honourable mention in the competition of the Internationale Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Amsterdam (1998, for Uschar), the Franz-Liszt-Kompositionspreis from the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar (2000), the Kompositionsstipendium from the senate of Berlin (2000), and Zweiter Preis in the competition of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Flöte in Frankfurt am Main (2001, for NYR; Erster Preis was not awarded).


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Blocks, 1999


Tolgau, flute (+ voice), 1986

Duo, 2 flutes, 1987

Duo, French horn, trumpet, 1987

Quartett, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 1988

Quintett, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 1993

Streichquartett, string quartet, 1996

BetpakDesert of Hunger, flute, clarinet, viola, 1997

Si toutes les feuilles des arbres étaient des langues, string quartet, 1998

ötté-kjettégone, tenor recorder, 1999–2000

NYR, flute, 2001

Le Refus de l'enfermement I, string quartet, 2001

Le Refus de l'enfermement II, flute, oboe, bassoon, viola, cello, 2001

ZAMAN, flute (+ alto flute), oboe, clarinet (+ E-flat clarinet), bassoon, violin, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, 2002

Der Magier, die Tiere, soprano saxophone (+ tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone), trumpet, tuba, violin, cello, double bass, piano, accordion, percussion, 2002

Le Refus de l'enfermement III, flute, clarinet, bassoon, viola, cello, 2002


Men kördimI saw (text by Abai Qunanbaiuli), baritone, piano, 1988

Uschar (text from a 9th-century source in Kazakh, arranged by the composer), female voice, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, 1995–96

Al-Fana 1Infinity (text from the Bible [German translation]), female voice, 1996


Al-Fana 2, fixed media (8 tracks), 1997


Uschar. Barbara Stein, voice; Oswald Sallaberger/Ensemble Modern (Hochschule für Künste Bremen, 1999)

Betpak. Eric Drescher, flute; Martin Kratzsch, clarinet; Oksana Golovko, viola (Künstlerinnenhof Die Höge, 2001)

Le Refus de l'enfermement II. Ed Spanjaard/Vera Fischer, flute; Markus Deuter, oboe; Lorelei Dowling, bassoon; Patrick Jüdt, viola; Andreas Lindenbaum, cello (Stiftung Künstlerhaus Boswil, 2001)

ZAMAN. ensemble courage (en-avant: 00201.10, 2002)