Aliya Turetayeva was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and received her first piano lesson at the tender age of five. She was soon accepted into a special music school for gifted children in Almaty, and during her first year of studies there,
she gave her debut performances, both as a recitalist and as a soloist with orchestra. During her early education,
she performed at many festivals, and performed at masterclasses, including those given by Professor
Vladimir Krainev in Kiev and by Professor Yuri Slesarev in Almaty. She appeared on several occasions as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra and State Symphony Orchestra at the State Philharmonie and at the Kazakh Concert Hall in Almaty. After graduating from the specialized music school, Aliya was accepted into the Dresden University of Music at the age of 16.
Two years later, she moved to Cologne and continued her studies at the Hochschule fuer Musik und Tanz Köln as a student of Professor Pavel Gililov. She was awarded her Masters degree in 2010.
During this time, Aliya played at many festivals, including the Dresden Music Festival, Ruhr Piano Festival, European Classical Festival Ruhr, International Holland Music Sessions, Gstaad New Year Music Festival, Switzerland, Festival Pianistico di Spoleto, Aurora Classic Festival Sweden, Ars Haliaeti Festival Slovenia, International Chamber Music Festival Stavanger, Norway, XIV Festival de Musica International Tenerife, Spain. She also performed at many prestigious venues such as the Steinway-Haus in Düsseldorf, WDR Funkhaus Kleiner Sendesaal, Bechstein Centre Cologne as part of the Young Professional Series, Alexander Girardi Hall during the Academy Artists Series at Dino Ciani Festival (Italy), St.Martin-in-the-Fields/Pianists of the World Series London UK, Carole Nash Recital Room RNCM, Auditorium Joseph Jongen Bruxelles, Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen, Centro Cultural de Belem Lisboa, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center NY, Weill Recital Hall/Carnegie Hall New York, Elgar Room Royal Albert Hall London, Gesellschaft für Musiktheater Vienna, Villa Medici Giulini Italy, Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Grande Salle du Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, Arthur-Rubinstein-Saal Steinway Hall Munich, Theater Vorpommern, Kaisersaal Vienna and Billrothhaus Vienna, Austria.
Aliya was a prizewinner at the V. Krainev International Piano Competition for Young Pianists, at the International Piano Competition
in Almaty, at the London ”Grand Prize Virtuoso” International Competition, at the Feurich International Piano Competition in Vienna, Austria, at the North International Music Competition, at the American Fine Arts Festival, at the Concert Artists International in New York /2nd Prize and Outstanding Performance Award/ and 3rd prizewinner at the Verao Classico Festival in Lisbon, Portugal. She was also awarded the Meissen Rotary Club Award at the Meissen International Music Academy, Honorary Diploma at eMuse International Competition in Greece, Beethoven Piano Master Best Participant Award, Honorable Mention Award at Rising Stars Grand Prix International Competition as a soloist and chamber musician in Berlin, the Brueser Berger Musikpreis 2018 in Bonn, Germany,
Golden Classical Music Award in New York, USA and Honorable Mention Award at
Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York, USA.
She has worked with many celebrated musicians including Dmitri Bashkirov, Mikhail Voskresensky, Imogen Cooper, Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro, Andrzej Jasinski, Gottlieb Wallisch, Vladimir Krainev, Solomon Mikowsky, Graham Scott, Jiri Hlinka, Christopher Elton, Mats Widlund, Aleksandar Madzar, Florian Hoelscher, Ilan Rogoff, Christian Hadland, Jan Michiels, Karl-Andreas Kolly, Hamish Milne, Jerome Rose and Jeffrey Swann. She also participated at masterclasses at the Mozarteum Summer Academy, Turku International Festival Masterclasses, Sommerclassics Summer Masterclasses, London Master Classes, Wiener Meisterkurse, Europäische Akademie für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Montepulciano and Beethoven Piano Master.
As well as her work as a soloist, Aliya is a dedicated chamber musician. She recently recorded chamber music works by G. Crumb and A. Schnittke for WDR Radio Cologne. She was also supported through the bursary and scholarships, kindly donated by the London Masterclasses and Playing for Gold International Summer Academy in Norway.
She will join the piano faculty of the Internationale Akademie für Musik Köln / Cologne from the next academic year.
Aliya completed her Konzertexamen postgraduate studies at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg under the tutelage of Professor Gililov with the highest mark and has continued her studies at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in Belgium. She has additionally studied with Professor Norma Fisher und Professor Ronan O’Hora in London.