Alan Buribayev was born into a family of musicians. He graduated from the Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory, where he studied violin and opera and symphony conducting. He undertook further studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
In 1999, the victory at the International Competition of Young Conductors Lovro von Matačić in Zagreb brought him international acclaim and engagements with several European orchestras.
In 2001, he won a special prize of the Nikolai Malko Conducting Competition in Copenhagen, which recognized his “outstanding talent and promise”. In the same year, he won the first prize of the Antonio Pedrotti International Conducting Competition in Trento, Italy.
In 2001, Alan Buribayev staged Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of the Spades with the Opéra National de Lyon.
From 2002 to 2007, he was Principal Conductor of the Astana Symphony Orchestra, and at the same time worked as Music Director of the Meiningen Theatre (Germany).
From 2006 to 2011, he was Chief Conductor of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (Sweden) and the Brabant Orchestra (Netherlands).
Alan Buribayev constantly collaborates with such major orchestras as the Dresden Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester (Berlin), the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic and others. He has previously worked with many of Europe’s major orchestras, such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, as well as with the symphony orchestras of Melbourne, Baltimore, Oslo and Tokyo.
In 2011, he started collaborating with the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, where he conducted The Love for Three Oranges by Prokofiev, Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky and The Magic Flute by Mozart.
In 2013, Alan Buribayev conducted 10 performances of Eugene Onegin with the Bolshoi Theatre on tour at the Tel Aviv Opera.
In 2014, he participated in a tour of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He conducted the premiere performances of many Kazakh composers in Europe and Japan. In 2012, for the first time in Europe he staged the opera Abai by Zhubanov and Khamidi on the stage of the Southern Thuringia State Theatre (Germany).
Since 2014, Alan Buribayev has been the Chief Guest Conductor of the Japan Ñentury Symphony Orchestra in Osaka, Japan.
Since March 2015, he has been Principal Conductor of the State Opera and Ballet Theatre “Astana Opera”, where he has staged operas Abai by Zhubanov and Khamidi (2015), Madama Butterfly by Puccini (2016), Carmen by Bizet (2017), Turandot by Puccini, Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini (2018), as well as conducted the Second, the Fifth and the Eighth Symphonies by Mahler and the Solemn Ode Shine Astana by Jenkins.Laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the production of the opera Abai by Zhubanov and Khamidi (2018).
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