Gulrukh Shakirova won top prizes at the Republican Piano Competition, Uzbekistan, the International Piano Competition “Nena Wideman,” USA, the Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition, France, and the International Piano Competition in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She has received the Presidential State Scholarship for Culture and Art in Uzbekistan, and the Certificate of Achievement from Kansas City’s International Relations Council for fostering international understanding between Uzbekistan and the United States.
Gulrukh has performed throughout Uzbekistan, France, and the United States. In Uzbekistan she soloed with the National Philharmonic Orchestra. She was featured in the IU Starling Chamber Players Series, performing with violinist Alexander Kerr and cellist Eric Kim. In summer 2012 she was an Artist fellow of the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival. Gulrukh won the Jacobs School of Music’s Mozart piano concerto competition and performed Mozart concerto K.466 with the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra, David Effron conducting. Recently she had the honor of playing a solo preconcert performance to Menahem Pressler’s recital at the Chamber Music Society of Detroit.
Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Gulrukh graduated with honors from both the Uspensky Music School and the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan receiving her Master’s in piano performance. Her teachers there were Marina Sultanova and Marat Gumarov. She continued her studies with Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch at the International Center for Music at Park University, Kansas City earning a Graduate Certificate in piano performance and Master of Music degree. Gulrukh has played in master classes with Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, William Grant Naboré, John O’Conor, Gilbert Kalish, Robert Levin, Martino Tirimo, Dang Thai Son and many others. She also has been studying harpsichord with Elisabeth Wright.
As a composer Gulrukh studied with distinguished Uzbek composer Ikram Akbarov. Her works have received multiple awards. A performance of her own compositions made her a Laureate of the Days of the International Meeting of Young Musicians Festival in Moscow. Her two vocal pieces were performed by the International Vocal Ensemble of the Jacobs School of Music on their concert “Love on the Silk Road: Music of Central Eurasia” in Bloomington.
Gulrukh graduated from the prestigious Artist Diploma program at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and is presently a Doctoral candidate in piano performance. Since 2010 she has been studying with teacher and mentor, the legendary Menahem Pressler. For the past five years she has been an Associate Instructor of piano at the Jacobs School Music.