Performance / Poetry / Drama
It is no exaggeration to say that 28-year-old Kazakh singer Dimash Qudaibergen is widely viewed as one of the world’s greatest vocalists. He is unrivaled in vocal range and technique, plays several musical instruments, and has performed songs in thirteen languages. A genre-defying musical artist, he was born into a family of professional musicians and a culture steeped in music. He began his classical training at the age of five and has a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance, a Master’s in composition, and a PhD in musicology in progress.Now emerging in the West, Dimash is already a superstar in the East, known as an electrifying stage performer who has an intense emotional impact on his audience. He has won some of the top awards available to musical artists in several countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Russia, and China. He regularly performs on television and has sold out arenas from New York to London to Dubai to Shenzhen. Nearly 30,000 people from 68 nations attended his most recent concert in his home country of Kazakhstan. He is best known in the United States for appearing on the CBS “The World’s Best” competition where, as the front-runner for the million-dollar grand prize, he withdrew at the semi-finals to allow younger competitors a chance to move forward.This choice reflects Dimash’s deeply held philosophy that we are put on this earth to be human, not to be artists or stars. His millions of ardent fans admire him for his voice but adore him for his humility and devotion to family, culture, and the cause of peace. He endorses several global and local charities and goes to great lengths to encourage the development of young talents by supporting music festivals and vocal competitions, as well as regularly inviting young people to perform at his own concerts.In September of this year, Dimash premiered his latest song, “The Story of One Sky,” at the Seventh Congress of the Leaders of the World and Traditional Religions. Over one hundred global religious leaders attended his performance and responded with a standing ovation, and thereafter referred to “One Sky” as the unofficial anthem of the event.