Winner of the All-Union State Choir competition, the Kazakh State Capella joined to the Philharmonic in 1935. Starting as a small mixed choir, directed by composer Dmitri Matsutsin, but has since grown to include close to 300 singers.
The Philharmonic Choir was reorganized into the State Choir in February 1939 by the Government of the Kazakh SSR. The choir has been led by Boris Lebedev, Latif Hamidi, Boris Orlov, Bakhytzhan Baikadamov, and Galina Vinogradova. USSR People’s Artist, laureate of the State Prize, Anatoly Molodov was head of the choir from 1959 to 1991. Today, Beimbet Demeuov
, Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, is the artistic director and principal conductor of the choir.
The choir’s repertoire includes choral arrangements of folk songs and kyuis, as well as large works, including suites, poems, cantatas and oratorios by composers from around the world. They also regularly perform works by modern composers of Kazakhstan, including M.Tulebaev, B.Baykadamov, E.Rahmadiev, G.Zhubanova , M.Sagatov, S Muhamedzhanov, K.Kozhamyarov, M.Mangitaev, Zh.Tursunbaev. The choir has performed in successful concerts in Kazakhstan and abroad. This is their fourth performance with the Symphony Orchestra of India.