Memorial complex of Ahmet Zhubanov is located on one of the busiest squares in Zhilgorodok, Aktob, opposite to Regional Philharmonic named after the composer's daughter - Gaziza Zhubanova.
The memorial was opened in 2006, which was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the outstanding Kazakh composer. At the opening ceremony of the monument were musicians of Academic Orchestra of Kazakh folk instruments named after Kurmangazy, one of the founders of which is Ahmet Zhubanov. Famous politicians and artists participated at the ceremony.
The Vice-Minister of Culture and Information Arystanbek Aliyev, poet Fariza Ongarsynova, Honored Worker of Culture and Professor Kayrgali Kozhambaev, professor of the Moscow State Conservatory named after Tchaikovsky and National Artist of Russia Vladislav Agafonnikov, son of Kudaibergen Zhubanov Akrab-aga gave speech to audiences.
Ahmet Zhubanov - composer, conductor, musicologist, ethnographer, National Artist of the Kazakh SSR, the conductor of the Kazakh SSR Academy of Sciences, owner of State Prize of the Kazakh SSR. He was born on 29 April 1906, in Kosuaktam, which is part of the Aktobe region today. Father of the future composer Kuan was an enlightened man in the village. He dreamed to educate their children. A.Zhubanov graduated from Historical and theoretical faculty of the Leningrad Conservatory in 1932. He was a graduate student at the Academy of Arts in 1932-1933.
A.Zhubanov returned to Kazakhstan after graduating his tuition in 1934. Then he organized orchestra of Kazakh folk instruments (now the Kazakh State Academic Orchestra of Folk Instruments named after Kurmangazy). Zhubanov led the Alma-Ata State Conservatory, and he had a mission to open the Kazakh State Philharmonic named after Zhambul. He was one of the founders of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic. He organized the Art sector, which today is in the Institute of Literature and Art after M.Auezov.
Composing activity years of Zhubanov in 1938-40 was developed in two directions - he edited folk songs and kyuis, and wrote his own works. He created music for the play of G.Musrepov- "Kozy Korpesh - Bayan-Sulu" in 1939. In addition, he worked together with composer M.Gnesin on music for "Amangeldi" film. Afterwards, he composed music for dramatic performances "Issatay-Mahambet" by M.Akynzhanov and "Abay” by M.Auezov.
An important aspect of Zhubanov’s work was an organizational work on the preparation of national departments. He headed the department of Kazakh folk instruments in Alma-Ata State Conservatory, where he created a special course on the history of Kazakh folk music. Nowadays, most of popular musicians are students of Ahmet Zhubanov. They are N. Tlendiyev, Shamgon Kazhgaliyev, Rustembek Omarov and others.
Zhubanov wrote «Abay» opera in creative collaboration with the composer Latif Hamidi in 1944. It was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Abay Kunanbayev and to the 10th anniversary of opening the Kazakh Theater of Opera and Ballet, which has become a new word in the Kazakh music.
The authors of the memorial were the sculptor and professor of National Academy of Arts of Zhurgenov Esken Sergebaev, and architect Zheksen Ainabekov. Their project had been approved by a special committee according to results of the art competition, which was held for several years.
The sculptural bust of his daughter and student Gaziza Zhubanova was opened opposite to the monument of Ahmet Zhubanov in 2007.
The place was ideally selected for resting to local people. There are square, fountain and playground. The monument was done in monumental style - with columns and in open platform, which can afford to provide concerts and evenings in summer. Today Memorial complex of Ahmet Zhubanov is a decorative place in Aktobe, and it is added to the list of major attractions.