In 1981 he decided to become a musician. He studied with Alfred Rippe. While training he repeatedly won the regional competitions of pianists (Alma-Ata, Frunze).
He authored a piano suite for the ballet Shurale of Fareed Yarullin, published in Moscow in 2005 and 2011 Kompozitor publishing house.
He recorded eight compact disks and records on Radio of Russia, Tatarstan and Kazakhstan.
He was the founder and art director of the musical festival Names of Petersburg.
He performs concerts in Russia and abroad. He cooperates with many orchestras and conductors, including Fuat Mansurov, Ravil Martynov, Alexander Kantorov, Mikhail Sinkevich, Dmitry Hokhlov, Fabio Mastranzhelo, Sergey Stadler, Alexander Sladkovsky and Rustem Abyazov.
Shakirov participated in international musical festivals such as Geteborg Art Sound, Europe-Asia, The Petersburg musical spring, Other space, Japanese spring in Petersburg, The Panorama of music of Russia and others. He serves on juries of various international piano competitions.
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