Kamilya Akhmetova was born in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan. She started playing the piano
when she was 7 in Pavlodar music school (teacher Nataliya Yerissova). In 2010 she
won III prize on “44th Republican festival-competition of young musicians” and was
invited to the Republican Kazakh specialized music school named after Akhmet
Zhubanov in Almaty to continue her education (teacher Gulnara Zhakeyeva). At the
age of 18, Kamilya made her debut with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the
Republic of Kazakhstan playing L. Beethoven’s Concerto No3 c moll. In 2014 she
finished school with honors and was entered to the Kazakh National University
of Arts in Nur-Sultan (Astana) to study piano in the class of professor Sara
Assabayeva. There she started to have elective organ lessons in the class of assistant
professor Saltanat Abilkhanova.
In August 2015 she attended during the 5th European Organ Academy Leipzig
masterclasses of Prof. James David Christie (USA), Prof. Lorenzo Ghielmi (Italy),
Prof. Stefan Engels (Germany/USA), Leipzig, Germany. In 2016 she received
Diploma on “III Siberian International Chopin Piano competition” Tomsk, Russia,
and became a stipendiary of the First President Foundation of the Republic of
Kazakhstan. In the last year of study, she passed the selection of academic mobility
program and one semester studied at the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory
(Conservatorio di musica Benedetto Marcello Venezia), Venice, Italy (piano – prof.
Gabriele Vianello, Daniela Donaudi, Muriel Chemin, organ – prof. Roberto Padoin).
After finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance with honors in 2018 she
became a teacher at school and college at the Kazakh National University of Arts.
Kamilya is a Diploma-recipient at the XX Open Festival-Competition of Organ Music Gatchina – St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia (2019) and Diploma-recipient of the Second International Competition for Young Composers and Organists “Baikal Toccata”, Irkutsk, Russia (2019). She currently is a Master’s Degree student at Southern Methodist University in the studio of Stefan Engels.