1970 – graduated from the Almaty State Choreographic School (with M. Muntin as a tutor) and was referred to employment with the State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Abay, Almaty. At the theatre, worked as a leading ballet dancer until 2000.
2002 – graduated from the National Art Academy named after T.Zhurgenov with a degree in stage direction and choreography under the supervision of Z.M.Raibayev, a national artist of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic (hereinafter SSR), a laureate of the state prize of the Kazakh SSR. Degree project – B.Asafyev’ ballet “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai”.
2000-2013 – As a principal ballet master at the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after K.Baiseitova, Astana, directed such ballet as “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai” (2002), “The Nutcracker” (2004), “La Bayadere” (2007) as well as dancing part for opera plays (“Birzhan Sara”, “Kamar Sulu”, “Abay”).
From 2000 – a principal ballet master of government concerts. Cooperated with outstanding choreographers like Yury Grigorovich, Boris Eifman, Charles Jude (France), Sergey Vikharev, Shamil Teregulov, M. Parrilla (Italy) T.Candeloro (Italy).
From 2007 – a juryman of international ballet and choreography contests: “Shabyt” festival (2000-2014); “Bayterek” International contest of ballet artists (Astana); International contest of ballet artists and choreographs (Moscow); “Young ballet of the world” (Sochi); “Arabesques” (Perm); “Grand prix of Siberia” (Krasnoyarsk); “Prize of Rome” (Spoletto, Italy); “International Ballet Competition” (Varna, Bulgaria); International contest of ballet artists after Nureyev (Budapest); International contest of ballet artists and choreographs (Beijing, China); International contest of ballet artists (Seoul, Korea).
Member of the International Federation of Ballet Competitions.
Member of the International Union of Choreographers.
From 2013 – Ballet Art Director at the State Theatre of Opera and Ballet “Astana Opera”.
From 2015 – Ballet Director at the State Theatre of Opera and Ballet “Astana Opera”.
In cooperation with Galya Buribayeva and such artists as Ezio Frigerio (stagecraft) and Franca Squarciapino (costumes) produced an adapted version of the followings: “Swan Lake” and “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai” ballet, as well as dances for “Birzhan Sara”, “Abay”, “Aida” opera.
2014 – Director of dancing part for “Birzhan Sara” opera at the Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Samsun (Turkey).
Tursynbek Nurkaliyev raised an A-class ballet company including such leading dancers as Zh.Aubakirov, A.Spatayev, N.Korshunov, O.Makhambetaliyev, B.Mekimbayev, and R.Asanov, an honored artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Apprentices of Tursynbek Nurkaliyev – E.Sarsembayev, E.Rakhmatullayev, B.Adamzhan, T.Gatauov, - artists succeeded in international competitions and became ballet stars of Kazakhstan.
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