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Encore Series: Kaisar Anvar | Asian society

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In December 2021, the pianist Kaisar Anvar presented a recital that took guests on his personal journey as a Uyghur artist from Xinjiang, China, to the United States, celebrating the music that shaped him along the way. The program included pieces by Beethoven, Scarlatti, Chopin, Charles Vine and popular Uyghur tunes. Here, Anvar plays his transcription of “Sherq Güzili” (“The Beauty of the East”) by Uyghur composer Quddus Khojamyarov.

This program was presented as part of the Asia Society Texas Muslim Series.

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About Kaisar Anvar

Pianist Kaisar Anvarborn and raised in Karamay, Xinjiang, China, began playing the piano at the age of seven, studying with renowned piano teacher Ms. Tumris Musabayov, then continuing his studies with world-renowned Russian pianist and teacher Svetlana Abdukarimova from the Tashkent Conservatory in Uzbekistan.

In 2006, in Urumqi, he had the opportunity to perform in a master class given by acclaimed pianist Dr. Richard Mercier, who was then on tour in Xinjiang. This experience opened Kaisar to new perspectives and levels of understanding on the classical piano repertoire composed by European masters. Encouraged by Dr. Mercier, Kaisar applied and was accepted to the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.

Kaisar continued his musical journey with intensive training when he accepted a full scholarship offer from the Yale School of Music in 2015, where he studied with one of the famous pianists of the 20th and 21st centuries, Boris Berman. Berman’s teaching method allowed Kaisar to fill gaps in different areas of his performance practice, and the institution itself allowed him to become a more mature and analytical musician. After graduating from Yale University in 2017, Kaisar stayed in beautiful New Haven from 2017-2019 and excelled in teaching while conducting independent research on Uyghur music. He currently lives in Falls Church, Virginia.

About Muslim Series

Through a multidisciplinary approach that utilizes Asia Society’s breadth of programming possibilities, this series explores the artistic talents and stories of American Muslims to inspire our community to better understand each other.

For more information about sponsorship of the Muslim Series and other programs like it, please contact Jenni Rebecca Stephenson, Director of Development, at or 713.496.9909.

Series Sponsors

Eddie Allen and Chinhui Juhn
Shaista Khan and Shahzad Bashir
Tariq and Dr. Uzma Iqbal
Sania and Hyder Kazimi
Drs. Basheer and Saleha Khumawala
Drs. Monira and Azam Kundi
Shazma and Arshad Morning
Fakhrouddine Sabir | FS Group Architects and Developers
Cartha and Nameer Siddiqui | Goldman Sachs
Selma and Mustafa Tameez

The Asia Society Texas performing arts and culture programs are presented by Syamal and Susmita Poddar. Major support comes from Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment and The Brown Foundation Inc. Generous funding also provided by AARP, The Anchorage Foundation of Texas , The Clayton Fund, and the Miller Theater Advisory Board. Additional support provided by the Wortham Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, United Airlines, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to providing programming and exceptional exhibitions at Asia Society Center texan.

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