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Saidaminova, Dilorom (b. February 27, 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 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 post-graduate studies with Yuri Fortunatov at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow in 1981, where she also had a few lessons with Edison Denisov.

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

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.


E-mail address: sdilorom@rambler.ru or tigran7@hotmail.com

Street address (Russia): Ms. Dilorom Saidaminova, Bolshaya Kosinskaya St. 12, Apt. 39, 111621 Kosino, Moscow, Russia

Telephone (Russia): + 749 5700 0117

Telephone (Uzbekistan): + 9987 1136 1036


STAGE: 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

ORCHESTRAL: 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)

CHAMBER MUSIC: Sonatina, chang (Uzbek string instrument), 1960; Variations, violin, piano, 1961; String Quartet, 1966; Concert Play, flute, 1980; Three Plays, trumpet, 1981; Five Plays, gijak (Uzbek string instrument), piano, 1985-87; Navrus, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 1990; Monologue, viola, piano, 1992; Poem-Improvisation, viola, piano, 1992; UmidHope, violin, piano, 1993; Fantasy, chang, piano, 1994; Sonata-Improvisation, 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, string quartet, double bass, 1998; To My Son, violin, ensemble (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 2 French horns, string quartet, double bass), 2001; Primum impe imperare sibi imperare, piano, percussion, 2003; Sonata No. 2, violin, piano, 2005; SaboMorning Breeze, violin, cello, piano, 2006

CHORAL: 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

VOCAL: Requiem, voice, piano, 2001; Through the Lines of Misty Dreams..., voice, double bass, synthesizer, folk ensemble (nay, koshnay [flute], chang, chang-kobuz [string instrument], 2 dutar prima [2-string lutes], 2 bass dutar, qanun [zither], 2 rubab prima [2-string instruments], 2 Kashgar rubab, 2 Afghan rubab, percussion), 2004

PIANO: 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

ORGAN: Dreams from Childhood, 1988

FILM SCORES (DIRECTOR): 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

(Last updated on April 15, 2006)

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