Erik Kurmangaliev was born in 1959 in Kulsary, West Kazakhstan. He graduated from the Moscow Gnessin Pedagogical Institute and then studied as a post-graduate at the Moscow State Conservatoire named after Tchaikovsky, in professor Nina Dorliak's class. He also took masterclasses under the singers I.Bjoner, Ph.Curtin and A.Reynolds.

He was a laureate of the International Competition in the Netherlands (1987).

He debuted as a concert singer in 1980, in the Grand Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic named after Shostakovich.

Kurmangaliev gave concert in many countries, performing on the best stages of Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia, Lethuania, Kazakhstan, Tatarstan, in the Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Yugoslavia, France, Grece.

He performed with prestigious orchestras conducted by well-known musicians - Rozhdestvensky, Kitayenko, Mansurov, Sondeckis, Bashmet, Tretiakov.

When he was on tour in Boston, the press declared him a phenomenon and compared his voice and singing with the legendary Fedora Barbieri's.

Sviatoslav Richter, the founder of the classical music festival being held every December at the Pushkin Fine Art Museum, invited him many times to take part in concerts.

Pierre Cardin invited him to make appearances in Paris. Kurmangaliev was the first performer of some Schnittke's works: Second Symphony, Forth Symphony and Faust Cantata.

Erik was awarded as a best actor of the year (1992) for the role of Song Liling in "M.Butterfly" piece by David H. Hwang, where he sang two arias from "Madama Butterfly" by Puccini.

Erik died on 13th November 2007.


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