Kadisha Onalbayeva

Pianist & Composer


About Kadisha

Steinway Artist Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva was born in Kazakhstan and began her musical training at the age of five.  She is the first pianist from Kazakhstan to be named a Steinway Artist.  She attended the Jubanov Special School for Talented Children in Almaty, Kazakhstan.  While at Jubanov she studied piano and composition, gave piano recitals and was involved in both piano and composition festivals and competitions.  Awards include the Soviet Union’s New Talent competition and various prizes in national piano competitions and Central Asia piano competitions. She also participated in international music festivals in Germany, Turkey, Russia, and Uzbekistan.  After graduating from the Jubanov School, Kadisha entered the Kurmangazy National Conservatory of Music.  She was awarded the President’s Award for Young Artists and Chevron’s Award for Talented Students in piano and composition.

Dr. Onalbayeva continued her performances as a recitalist, chamber musician, composer, and as an orchestral soloist. She received a Soros Prize for her work in development of international cultural exchanges.  She earned two M.M degrees in both composition and piano performance at the University of New Orleans.  She then received her Doctoral of Musical Arts in piano performance at Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Dr. Onalbayeva has been a strong supporter of new music and she has been particularly interested in introducing the music of Kazakhstan to the United States.  She has continued performances of her music and has participated in international new music festivals as composer, performer and organizer throughout Central Asia, Austria, England, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Uzbekistan.  While in the U.S. she has participated in new music activities and performances as piano soloist and chamber musician in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Georgia and California.


Dr. Onalbayeva is on the faculty at the University of Mobile. She currently serves as President of the Gulf Coast Steinway Society (Alabama, Mississippi and Florida).  She was recently commissioned to write a symphonic poem titled Zherym (My Motherland) which was premiered in May, 2014 by the Kazakhstan National Orchestra and she also performed the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 on the same concert.  Dr. Onalbayeva recently performed Piano Concerto No. 1 by Tchaikovsky with the Albany Symphony Orchestra in October and gave multiple performances of Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A with the Zhubanova String Quartet during their tour in the United States (September & October) and in Kazakhstan in May.  As part of her collaboration with the Zhubanova String Quartet they gave multiple performances of her composition Cycle for String Quartet in May, 2015 in Kazakhstan.  Dr. Onalbayeva also performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and premiered Artyk Toxsanbayev’s Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra with the Astana Philharmonic Orchestra in May, 2015. Toxsanbayev’s Rhapsody is dedicated to Dr.Onalbayeva.  The Minister of Culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan recently filmed a documentary on the life and musical career of Dr. Onalbayeva titled Independent National’s Heritage which will be released in both Kazakh and in Russian in 2015.

Announcing the
Gulf Coast Steinway Society!

I’m passionate about giving back to the music community.I’m proud to announce  the Gulf Coast Steinway Society. It has long been a dream of mine to afford young, gifted pianists some of the same opportunities I was afforded as a child. In the course numerous performances with school and civic orchestras, I found that Gulf Coast states are full of astounding, inspiring youthful talent. Please on click for more information about the Society and how YOU can get involved!



Sergei Rachmaninoff ” Daisies”.Op.38 Kadisha Onalbayeva, piano

Legendary Horowitz Piano D 503, Kadisha Onalbayeva, Steinway Artist.

F.Chopin, Scerzo No.2, Op.31 , Kadisha Onalbayeva, piano

Sergei Prokofiev Sonata No.7, op.83 III.Precipitato. Kadisha Onalbayeva, piano.

Spanish Rhapsody by F. Liszt, Kadisha Onalbayeva, piano, Kazakhstan, live

Zherym symphonic poem by kadisha onalbayeva, Conductor Karen Durgaryan

Kadisha Onalbayeva/String Quartet Gaziza Zhubanova Kazakhstan, Dvorak op 81 no 2

Kadisha Onlabayeva, Piano F. Liszt Concerto No.1

Legendary Horowitz Piano, Kadisha Onalbayeva Dumka Op.59, P. Tchaikovsky, Broussard’s Mobile,AL

ARMAN by Michael Coleman, Kadisha Onalbayeva, piano & Louisiana Sinfonietta

Kadisha Onalbayeva is the most famous pianist and composer from Kazakhstan…the first pianist from Kazakhstan to be named a Steinway Artist.

Ministry of Culture,
Republic of Kazakhstan
 : 01.12.2013

Kadisha, your performance of Gerschwin Rapsody in blue was just amazing! For the first time of my life, you made me love and understand this piece! It was so inspired and powerful, so intense, and we could feel the whole New York meaning into your playing! Congrats and thanks a lot!

Éliane Reyes
, Belgian pianist, 
Costa Rica : 10.28.2015

This is how angels sound in springtime. The audience simply wouldn't allow Kadisha to exit the stage. Encore after encore ensued, culminating in…

Will Fox Foundation, United States : 06.21.2014

…pianist of the highest caliber with powerful inner expression, bright temperament and artistry.

 Tatyana Suleimenova : 5.17.2014

Kadisha Onalbayeva is one if the great pianists of our time. Her playing deeply moves everyone who hears it, whether it is a true judge of art or an amateur listener. Her performance is marked with a high professional level, fiery temperament, generous array of colors and profoundly intelligent interpretation. Collaboration with the musician of this degree brings a pure enjoyment!

Yearner Myntayev, 
Music Director National String Quartet of the Republic of Kazakhstan : 05.21.2015

"…Onalbayeva performs with an energy and excitement, which enthusiastically engages audiences…"

Maestro Claire Fox HillardAlbany Symphony, Georgia

My CD, “Music, My Soul”, is available online



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The Minister of Culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan recently filmed a documentary on the life and musical career of Kadisha Onalbayeva, Steinway Artist.

She is the first pianist from Kazakhstan to receive this honor. Onalbayeva also a composer and film titled “Independent National’s Heritage” which was released in both Kazakh and in Russian. Dr. Onalbyaeva is Professor of Music at the University of Mobile. Seen in the documentary is the premier of her symphonic poem “Zherym” (May, 2014) and her performance of the Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 with the National Philharmonic Orchestra (Almaty, KZ) under the direction of Maestro Karen Durgaryan (Armenia). All solo piano background in the documentary are from performances by Kadisha Onalbayeva.




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Performance Schedule



November 21, at 8:00

Chamber Concert with National String Quartet Republic of Kazakhstan, Carnegie Hall,  Weill Recital Hall, New York City, New York

November 15, at 7:30

Chamber Concert with National String Quartet Republic of Kazakhstan, Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, Georgia

November 14, at 4:00 pm

Chamber Concert with National String Quartet Republic of Kazakhstan, Fitzgerald , Georgia

November 13 at 2:00 pm

Albany Symphony, Premier in USA Rhapsody by Artyk Toksanby and Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, at the Charles H. Kirbo Center in Bainbridge College, Bainbridge , Georgia

November 12 at. 7:30 pm

Albany Symphony, Premier in USA Rhapsody by Artyk Toksanby and Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin,  Albany,  Georgia

October 28, 29, 30

JUDGE- Music Teachers  National Association, Mercer University in Macon, Georgia

October 14, 15

Gulf Coast Steinway Society ,2016  Music Competition for Piano and Voice
University of Mobile, Mobile Alabama

September 25 at 2:30

ComposerFest XII , Pensacola State College, Pensacola, Florida

August 8 , 9

Spirio Recording in Steinway &Sons, New York City , New York

April 28 at 6:00 pm

University of Mobile Leadership Banquet, Mobile Convention Center, Mobile Alabama

April 3 at 2:00 pm
Louisiana Sinfonietta : Premier “Arman” Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra by Michael Coleman
Louisiana State University, School of Music Evecital Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

February 28 at 4:00 pm
Chamber Concert “Emerald Coast Trio” Albany Symphony Chamber Concert Series
Albany Museum of Art, Albany, Georgia

February 11 at 7:30 pm
Chamber Concert ” Emerald Coast Trio”
Pensacola State College, Pensacola Florida


November 19, 20, 21, 22 at 6:45 pm.
University Of Mobile “Christmas Spectacular”
Dauphin Way Baptist Church, Mobile Alabama

November 6 at 1:00 pm
Master Class
Fairhope High School, Fairhope Alabama

October 28 at 7:00 pm
Solo Recital, The VII International Piano Competition Latina Americans Countries
University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica

October 26 – October 31, 2015
JURY – The VII International Piano Computation Latina Americans Countries
University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica

October 18 at 6:00 pm
Solo Concert, Gulf Coast Steinway Society Presents
Highland Baptist, Molina, Florida

October 8 at 11:30 am
Gulf Coast Steinway Society presents Master Class/Recital
Bayshore Christian School, Fairhope, AL

October 3 at 7:30 pm
Solo Concert
Sacramento State School of Music Piano Series, Sacramento, California


September 29 at 7:00 pm
Solo Concert
University of Mobile, Mobile Alabama

September 12th at 9:00 am
Gulf Coast Steinway Society Music Festival 2015
University of Mobile, Mobile AL

September 8 at 7:00 pm
Concert with vocalist Patrick Jacobs (baritone)
University of Mobile, Mobile, AL

August 30 at 2:30 pm
Solo Concert in Honor of Sid Kamerman
Pensacola State College, Pensacola, Florida

August 27 at 4:00
Solo Concert, Gulf Coast Steinway Society Presents Gwen
Fairhope Library, Fairhope, Alabama

August 22 at 6:00 pm
Solo Concert, Gulf Coast Steinway Society Presents
Fitzgerald, Georgia

August 16 at 6:00 pm
Solo Concert, Gulf Coast Steinway Society Presents
Citronelle Memorial Baptist Church, Citronelle, Alabama

May 24
S. Taneev Piano Quintet op.30 with National String Quartet Republic of Kazakhstan
Almaty, KZ

May 21, 2015
Premier Rhapsody by Artyk Toksanby and Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Academic Orchestra, Astana, Kazakhstan

May 18
S. Taneev Piano Quintet op. 30 with National String Quartet Republic of Kazakhstan
Astana , KZ

March 23
Piano Duo Concert with Lynne Lauderdale, Music Hall Artist Series
University West Florida, FL

March 21
Solo concert, Steinway Pianos
William Carey University, Hattiesburg, MS

March 1
Solo concert, Steinway  Piano Series , University of South Florida, Tampa , Fl,

February 15
Solo concert, The Legacy Concert Series , Trinity Presbyterian Church, Pensacola FL

Contact Kadisha

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Manager : United States

Miriam C.E.  Overton
email: management4ko@gmail.com

Contact US Manager

Manager : Kazakhstan

Dina Kasymova

email: dina.kassymova@gmail.com

Contact Kazakhstan Manager