On May 2-4, the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan hosted the second edition of the International Festival ‘Navruz Sadolari’ (Melodies of Nowruz), a celebration of polyphonic ensembles and orchestras of folk instruments. The three-day juried fest featured over 700 young performers from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, who presented a variety of music renditions at the Conservatory.
At a press conference held prior to the start of the festival, Professor Feruza Abdurakhimova, the mind behind the project and festival coordinator, told those gathered about the goals of ‘Melodies of Nowruz”, the primary goal being to stimulate children’s professional growth as well as developing polyphonic performance on folk instruments among students of secondary and higher music education institutions. The project also seeks to enrich the repertoire, boost young musicians’ performing mastery, encourage national instrumental groups, and foster international ties and exchange of repertoire.
Abdurakhimova said that unlike last year’s festival, which featured participants aged 4 to 15, this year’s performers are 15 to 20 years of age. This choice of age categories, she said, will help cover children of all age groups. The participants of the current festival are amateur groups, children’s ensembles and orchestras of folk instruments from the music and art lyceums and colleges and higher music education institutions of the four countries.
The festival included concerts, conducting master classes, workshops for solo instruments, and a conference that focused on the tasks of the secondary music education system.
At the awards ceremony the organizers presented first-, second- and third-degree diplomas to 18 teams (six for each category) as well as participation certificates and prizes. The festival concluded with a gala concert staged by the festival participants.