After completing her studies at the Moscow Institute of Culture, Süzükei began teaching at the Kyzyl Art College, where she was the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs. Since 1985, she has worked at the Tuvan Research Institute for Languages, Literature, and History, where she served as Chief Academic Secretary between 2002 and 2003. She completed her musical training at the Novosibirsk State Conservatory.
In 1995, she completed her PhD at the Russian Institute of Art History in Saint Petersburg, where she studied the role of overtones in Tuvan traditional instrumental music. She later performed research on the modernization of Tuvan folklore in the 20th century at the Kemerov State University of Culture and Art.
Süzükei is known for her innovative methodological approach to the study of nomadic music. Her research is a comparative study of the music of Central Asian nomads, with an emphasis on the theory of overtone music. While she has studied the music of various Turkic-Mongolic people, she focuses on the musical folklore of Tuva, including its traditional instrumental music and the art of khoomei.
Her research has appeared in publications and conferences around Tuva and around the world (Novosibirsk 1986; Moscow 1988, 2010; Alma-Ata 1988, 2000; Bishkek 2000; Yoshkar-Ola 1989; Yakutsk 1991, 1998, 2011; Ulan-Ude 2002, 2010; Barnaul 2011; Gorno-Altaisk 2012, Kyzyl 1992, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2011, 2013, 2014; Saint-Petersburg 2003, 2006, 2011, 2013; Almaty 2010, 2013; Kazan 2012; Holland 1993, 2009; Taiwan 2005; Germany 1993, 2010, 2012, 2013; United States 2001; Italy 2003; France 2005, 2008, 2012; England 1993, 2010, 2012, 2013; Turkey 2006, 2014; China 2014).
Singing My Life
Valentina Süzükei takes readers on a journey through the life of legendary throat singer Kongar-ool Ondar. When he came onto the scene in 1989, Ondar was one of the pioneers of Tuvan throat singing in the West. Süzükei tells stories of his childhood, his first travels abroad, his collaborations with Frank Zappa, and his work on the Genghis Blues motion picture.
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