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Rem Khabibullin was born in 1972 in the village of Aktuba in the Republic of Tatarstan (today, a constituent republic of the Russian Federation), and began his musical studies at age 10, studying guitar with his father. In 1987, he moved to Moscow and entered the Gnessin’s Musical College, and later the Gnessin’s Academy of Music – where he studied under Professor N. Komolyatov. Since then he has been a laureate of several competitions, including the 5th All-Russian Guitar Competition (1st Prize, Voronezh, 1994), the 1st International Guitar Competition in Cherepovets (1995), and the “Guitar in Russia” Competition in Voronezh (1996).

Rem regularly performs in some of the best concert halls in Russia, both as a soloist and with such esteemed ensembles as the Russian Symphony Orchestra, the Credo Ensemble of Ancient Music, among others. He has likewise collaborated with such outstanding soloists as harpsichordist Elena Butuzova, violinist Eduard Takhalov. He possesses a wide repertory, ranging from guitar transcriptions of keyboard works by Baroque composers such as Bach and Scarlatti, to guitar works of Spanish masters such as Rodrigo and Ponce, to more contemporary works, such as those of Argentinean tango master Astor Piazzola.

In 2010th, while living in Granada, Spain, Rem began composing his own pieces for solo guitar, which were recorded and published in 2014 by GuitarMag Records (Moscow, Russia). The name of the album is “Granada-Svistukha”, its style is a mix of classical, flamenco and world music.

“Rem’s performance is always hypnotizing. Sometimes the audience witnesses a true sacrifice of a genius.”Guitar Magazine Russia