Dilorom Saidaminova

(b. 27 February 1943, Tashkent).

Uzbek composer, now resident in both Russia and Uzbekistan, of mostly orchestral, chamber and piano works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and North America.

Ms. Saidaminova initially studied composition with Boris I. Zeidman and piano with Abraham M. Litvinov at the Uspensky Academic Lyceum in Tashkent from 1950–61. She then studied composition with Boris I. Zeidman and piano with Abraham M. Litvinov at the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, where she graduated with her MMus in piano in 1966, MMus in composition in 1967 and DMA in composition in 1971. She later had postgraduate studies with Yuri Fortunatov at the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow in 1981, where she also had a few lessons with Edison Denisov.

Among her honours are the Special Prize for Most Outstanding Young Composer (Tashkent, 1977, for Symphonic Poem), Second Prize in a state-sponsored competition in Tashkent (1982, for her popular song Uzbekistan), Second Prize in a song competition in Tashkent (1983, for a children's song), First Prize in a state-sponsored competition in Tashkent (1983, for Holiday Overture), the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Culture and Music (Tashkent, 1991), Zweiter Preis in the competition GEDOK in Mannheim (1998, for By the Sound of Francesca), and a grant from the Open Society Institute/Soros Foundation in Tashkent (2002). Her music has been performed in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, the UK, the USA, and Uzbekistan, including portrait concerts in Tashkent in 1992, 1998, 2000, and 2002.

She is also active in other positions. She worked as musical editor-general of the Uzbekistan State TV Company in Tashkent from 1985–88.

She taught as a professor of composition, music history and piano at the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan from 1967–85 and again from 1988–95.

In addition to the works listed below, Ms. Saidaminova has composed many children's songs.

She is the mother of the violinist Tigran Shiganyan.


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A Girl Who Has Made Magic (incidental music, play by Shukur Sagdulla), 1965

An Inflammable Stone (ballet, scenario by Oleg Uzakov), 1971

My Sweetheart Does Not Notice Me (incidental music, play by Yusuf Shamansurov), 1974

Magic Cage (incidental music, play by Zakhid Khaknazarov), 1975


Symphonic Overture, 1963

Symphony No. 1, 1967

Concerto No. 1, piano, orchestra, 1971

Symphonic Poem, 1977

Concerto No. 2, piano, orchestra, 1981

Holiday Overture, 1983

Symphony No. 2, 1988

Poem (ballad), 1994

A Short Novel, string orchestra, 1994

In Memory of My Friends, 2000

The Garden of My Childhood, 2 pianos, orchestra, 2002

Festival Overture, symphonic band, 2003

Concerto, tenor saxophone, symphonic band, 2004 (also longer version for tenor saxophone, orchestra, 2005)

The Shadows, saxophone, small orchestra, 2010

Amir Timur, percussion, orchestra, 2011

The Smell of the Night, small orchestra, 2013

The Dance of the Rain, small orchestra, 2013


Sonatina, chang (hammered dulcimer from Central Asia), 1960

Variations, violin, piano, 1961

String Quartet, 1966

Concert Play, flute, 1980

Three Plays, trumpet, 1981

Five Plays, ghijak (spike lute from Central Asia), piano, 1985–87

Navrus, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 1990

Monologue, viola, piano, 1992

PoemImprovisation, viola, piano, 1992

UmidHope, violin, piano, 1993

Fantasy, chang, piano, 1994

SonataImprovisation, cello, piano, 1994

A Prayer in the Night, tenor saxophone, 1994

Maskaraboses, alto saxophone, 1994

By the Sound of Francesca, flute, violin, cello, percussion, 1997

Sonata No. 1, violin, piano, 1997

Lost in Eternity, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, 1998

To My Son, violin, ensemble (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 2 French horns, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass), 2001

Primum impe imperare sibi imperare, piano, percussion, 2003

Sonata No. 2, violin, piano, 2005

SaboMorning Breeze, violin, cello, piano, 2006

Where There Is No Time, clarinet, violin, piano, 2010

The Sounds of the Ney, ney, percussion, ensemble, 2012

Saraton, zurna (oboe from Central Asia), chang, rababa from Kashgar, 2 violins, 2013 (version of vocal work)


To You, Homeland (rock oratorio, text by Oman Mukhtarov), tenor, guitar (+ electric guitar), bass guitar, synthesizer, percussion, 1985

Strong with Brotherly Friendship (ode, text by Rakhim Farkhadi), bass, mixed chorus, orchestra, 1986

Azon (text from Muslim prayers), mixed chorus, violin, piano, organ, 2002


Requiem, voice, piano, 2001

Through the Lines of Misty Dreams..., voice, double bass, synthesizer, folk ensemble (ney [flute from the Middle East], koshnay [flute from Central Asia], chang, 2 dutar [2-string lutes from Central Asia], 2 bass dutar, qanun [zither from the Middle East], 2 rababa [2-string bowed instruments from the Middle East], 2 rababa from Kashgar, 2 rababa from Afghanistan, percussion), 2004

West-East Divan (text by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe), 2009

Saraton, voice, zurna, chang, rababa from Kashgar, 2013 (also version for zurna, chang, rababa from Kashgar, 2 violins)


Plays for Children, 1966

Étude, 1968

Polyphonic Piece, 1969

Lyric Waltz, 1969

Lullaby, 1969

The Races, 1969

Fantastic Dance, 1970

Hide-and-Seek, 1970

Nocturne, 1971

Reflection, 1971

Rondo, 1972

The Walls of Ancient Bukhara, 1973, revised 1988

Sayora, 1974

Toccatina, 1974

Sonatina, 1974

Poem, 1980

Dedication to a Poet, 1981

Waltz, 1989

Three Plays, 1991

Three Preludes and also..., 1994

Frescoes of Afrasiab, 1997

Play with Batman, 2003

Dialogue with Khayyam, 2012


Dreams from Childhood, 1988


Magic Carpet (animation; Malik Kajumov), 1973

KhamrakulAta, 1976 (Melis Abzalov)

Khiva, 1977 (Malik Kajumov)

There is a Kind City in the East (Malik Kajumov), 1977

Meeting with Tashkent, 1979 (Malik Kajumov)

The Junior (Raano Kubayeva), 1994