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Dr. Gulimina Mahamuti

Professor and Concert Pianist

Bowdoin College

GULIMINA MAHAMUTI is the first Uyghur from China to receive a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the United States, where she studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. At age 15, she was admitted as a gifted high school piano major to Northwest University for Nationalities (China), later becoming a faculty member. She received two Masters of Music degrees, one in piano performance and pedagogy from Harbin Normal University School of Music and the other in Piano Performance with the highest distinction of the Graduate Dean Academic Honors from Pittsburg State University. Because of her life experience as a concert pianist, she was frequently interviewed by Chinese newspapers and television. Her life story was the subject of a Chinese documentary on the Gansu Province Public Television Network. The two-part series, “Conversations with Dr. Gulimina Mahamuti,” was broadcast on Karamay City’s Public Television Network. Dr. Mahamuti made her Carnegie debut in New York City at Weill Recital Hall and performed internationally in Montreal, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Budapest (at the invitation of the Turkish Ambassador), and across the U.S. and China, broadcasting on these nations’ radio and TV programs. She performed piano concerti with the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, and Harbin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and was featured on the radio in San Francisco, Queens College/CUNY podcast, China Touch Radio, and Istanbul Technical University Radio. Dr. Mahamuti teaches at Bowdoin College and previously at Ohio Wesleyan University, Capital University, and the School of Music of Northwest University for Nationalities in China. She published articles in Clavier Companion and released her CD, Xinjiang Piano Music from Western China. Currently a two-term member of MTNA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, she organized the Pedagogy Saturday’s DEI Track at the 2024 National Conference in Atlanta and recently accepted the nomination as the Vice President of MTNA DEI Committee. Visit

Dr. Gulimina Mahamuti
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