Ermek Serkebayev

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Ermek Serkebayev
Ермек Бекмұхамедұлы Серкебаев
Born(1926-07-04)4 July 1926
Died16 November 2013(2013-11-16) (aged 87)
EducationAlmaty Music College named after Tchaikovsky, Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatoire
Occupation(s)chamber and opera singer, actor, music teacher
Years active19472006
AwardsHero of Socialist Labor

Ermek Serkebayev (Kazakh: Ермек Бекмұхамедұлы Серкебаев; 4 July 1926 — 16 November 2013) was a Soviet and Kazakhstani chamber and opera baritone singer,[1] actor, and educator. People’s Artist of the USSR (1959).[2] A laureate of the USSR State Award (1977) and Kazakh SSR State Award (1972). Hero of Socialist Labor (1986).[3]


Ermek Serkebayev was born in Petropavlovsk on July 4, 1926. His father Bekmukhamed Khusainovich Serkebayev was a Kazakh language teacher, editor of Kedei Sozi newspaper; he also wrote articles and scripts for Kazakh plays.[4] Ermek’s mother Zylikha Sabirovna Serkebayeva was a primary school teacher, she had a sharp ear for music and a beautiful voice.[5] Ermek was fond of music from an early age, and balalaika was the first instrument he learned to play.[6]

When the family moved from Kokchetav to Alma-Ata in 1937,[7] parents sent Ermek to Tchaikovsky Alma-Ata Music Academy to study violin.[8] In 1951 he graduated from the singing course led by Kurganov, himself an alumnus of the Italian vocal school, at the Kurmangazy Kazakh Conservatoire.[9] Ermek Serkebayev worked as an anchorman at Kazakhstan Radio and a soloist at the Abay Kazakh Opera and Ballet Theater.[10]

Ermek Serkebayev also performed as a chamber and stage singer, singing Kazakh folk songs, compositions by Russian and foreign composers.[11] He toured a lot and performed in over 50 countries, including Belgium, China, Cuba, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland.[9][12] He repeatedly served on and chaired juries of renowned music competitions, including Tchaikovsky International Competition and Glinka International Music Competition.[13]

In 1973 he started teaching singing at the Kazakh Conservatoire and became a professor in 1982.[14]

Ermek Serkebayev had been the chairman of the Kazakhstani Republican Union of Musicians and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Music Professionals (Moscow) since 1988. In his autumn years, he combined these roles with that of advisor to the President of Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater (where he also continued to perform as a singer).[15]

Ermek Serkebayev died in Almaty on November 16, 2013.[16]


Serkebayev was married four times; his son of the first marriage Baigali Serkebayev became a well-known musician and leader of A-Studio, a popular band.

Alfia Baizhanova was Ermek’s fourth and last wife.

Ermek’s brother Murat and niece Jamilya Serkebayeva are other worthy successors of the Serkebayev musical dynasty.[17]

Awards and honors[edit]




Year Title Original title Role
1957 Our Kind Doctor Наш милый доктор Taken
1959 This Festive Evening В этот праздничный вечер
1961 The Song’s Calling Песня зовёт Dosay Nurlanov
1968 Angel Wearing Tubeteyka Ангел в тюбетейке Chingiz
1976 Meeting at Medeu Встречи на Медео Jayran’s father, musician


  • A memorial plaque was installed in the Almaty house where Ermek Serkebayev lived (at the intersection of Jeltoqsan and Bogenbay Batyr streets) in 2014;[22]
  • In June 2022 Chamber Hall of the Kazakh National Opera and Ballet Theater was named after People’s Artist of the USSR Ermek Serkebayev;[23]
  • A 30-meter tall mural of Ermek Serkebayev (designed by Aydar Munaitbasov) was painted in Astana in July 2022.[24]


  1. ^ "Король баритонов". (in Russian). 2018-10-01.
  2. ^ "Народными артистами СССР стали 22 казаха. Много это или мало?". (in Russian). 2022-10-14.
  3. ^ "Birthday of Yermek Serkebayev – outstanding Kazakh opera singer". Retrieved 2023-06-15.
  4. ^ "Беспокойная «Галия»". (in Russian). 2020-10-09.
  5. ^ "Ермек Серкебаев". (in Russian). 2020-07-04.
  6. ^ "В Алматы скончался Ермек Серкебаев". (in Russian). Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  7. ^ "Ермек Серкебаев: Москва меня очень любила". (in Russian). 2013-11-19. Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  8. ^ "Ермек Серкебаев: «Надо мной небо синее»". (in Russian). 2013-12-26. Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  9. ^ a b "Музыка сердца". (in Russian). 2021-08-03.
  10. ^ "Серкебаев Ермек Бекмухамедович (1926-2013гг.)". (in Russian). Retrieved 2023-06-15.
  11. ^ "95 лет исполнилось бы выдающемуся казахстанскому певцу". (in Russian). 2021-08-06.
  12. ^ "Ермек Серкебаев Бекмухамедулы (1926 - 2013)". (in Russian). 2016-11-27. Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  13. ^ "List of famous Kazakhs and popular Kazakh people". 25 January 2021. Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  14. ^ "Умер певец Ермек Серкебаев". Радио Азаттык (in Russian). 2013-11-16. Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  15. ^ "С ЮБИЛЕЕМ!". (in Russian). 2012-08-28. Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  16. ^ "Выдающийся оперный певец Ермек Серкебаев ушел из жизни". (in Russian). 2013-11-16. Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  17. ^ "New music video by Jamilya Serkebayeva «Someday»". (in Russian). Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  18. ^ "Ермек Серкебаев". (in Russian). Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  19. ^ "Серкебаев Ермек Бекмухамедович". (in Russian). Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  20. ^ "Имя народного артиста СССР Ермека Серкебаева увековечено в театральной летописи Казахстана". (in Russian). 2022-06-08.
  21. ^ "Президент РК Н. Назарбаев: «Труд Ермека Серкебаева навсегда останется в истории песенного искусства страны, а его имя - в сердцах народа»". (in Russian). 2013-11-16. Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  22. ^ "В Алматы увековечили память Ермека Серкебаева". (in Russian). 2014-08-22. Retrieved 2023-06-16.
  23. ^ "Имя народного артиста СССР Ермека Серкебаева увековечено в театральной летописи Казахстана". (in Russian). 2022-06-08.
  24. ^ "Mural of renowned opera singer Yermek Serkebayev appears in Kazakh capital". 2022-07-20.