The Kazakh National Academy of Music (KazNAM) was established on March 31, 1998 with the support of the President of Kazakhstan N. A. Nazarbayev. Education at the Kazakh National Academy of Music includes primary (1-4 grades), secondary (5-9 grades), higher (1-4 courses) and postgraduate (master’s and doctoral) education. According to the decree of the Government of Kazakhstan dated October 12, 2009, the Kazakh National Academy of Music received a new status and was renamed the Kazakh National University of Arts, in the same year the university moved to a new building located in Nur-Sultan.
Representatives of KazNAM were winners of music competitions in Austria, Italy, Russia. Since 2000, the Akimat of Astana and the Kazakh National Academy of Music held an international competition “Shabyt-Inspiration”. KazNAM graduates work in educational institutions and musical groups in Astana (K. Baiseitova National Opera House, the State Philharmonic Society, the Presidential Orchestra of the Republican Guard, symphony, wind, chamber orchestras, folk instrument orchestras, LN Gumilyov ENU, music schools and many others), as well as in other cities of Kazakhstan, near and far abroad. In 2019, the Kazakh National University of Arts took 1st place among the best universities of art in Kazakhstan.