GUZEL - the stage name for Guzel Akhmetshina.



Guzel is a Tatar, born in Kazan the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, on the banks of the great Volga River.

She has been singing since her childhood, studying folk music at conservatory and social history at Moscow University where she gained a PhD.

During her student years she became a well-known talent at many cultural festivals. First prize in a student singing competition was followed by professional appearances with the Kazan Philharmonic.

In addition she performed with the Philharmonics of Kiev, Moscow and Odessa. At 21 years old she won 2nd prize in the All Russia Song Festival.

This was her launch to a professional singing career in the Soviet Union. She combined her artistic career with her academic work as a teacher of government at Moscow University.




In 1991 Guzel came to the Netherlands to continue her academic work and to establish singing links with the West. She made important contacts with the Dutch music world, i.e. the well-known jazz pianist and conductor Lex Jaspers who, impressed by her talents, helped her to develop a jazz repertoire.

And with musicians such as Jan Meiborg and Jan Wolfkamp she has also developed a repertoire of world music and recorded various CD's. She has performed in many musical crossover projects, using her roots in the Tatar culture as well as her knowledge of modern folk and jazz.

Guzel is a woman of exceptional personality, and, coupled with her amazing voice, with its exceptional timbre and range, makes any appearance a pleasure to experience.





Map of Kazan in 1630

Kaart: Kazan on the Volga

Musa Djahl

Opera and Ballet Theatre