Ashir Hojatov, conductor of the student symphony orchestra of the National Conservatory named after Mai Kulieva and People's Artist of Turkmenistan, celebrates his 70th birthday. He made a great contribution to the development of the national musical art over half a century of his career.
In high school Ashir learned to play the dutar and perform folk songs. His passion for music led him to the Turkmen State Music College named after D. Ovezov. As a student, the future composer became interested in conducting, after which he was invited to work in the national symphony orchestra.
The conductor's experience in Russia and his acquaintance with the maîtres of the music world - Eduard Serov, Yevgeny Mravinsky and many others - are behind him.
The outstanding conductor now directs the student symphony orchestra and teaches the younger generation to feel music. Khodjatov's anniversary coincides with the anniversary of his alma mater, the National Conservatory of Turkmenistan.
Source and photo: orient.tm