People’s Artist of the Tajik SSR.
Was born on April 12, 1912 in Samarkand.
Shamsi Dzhuraev is considered a pupil of Khomid Makhmudov. From an early age, Shamsi showed a deep love for music and art.
Even in early childhood, he lost his parents and was brought up by his uncle Turdykul.
His uncle really wanted Shamsi to choose the profession of a doctor and that is why his nephew entered the Medical Institute of Samarkand. But his desire and great love for art made Shamsi leave the medical institute after the first year.
In 1929, young Shamsi was invited to the Music and Drama Theater, now the Khomid Narzikulov Drama Theater in the city of Samarkand.
In 1930 he was invited to the Drama and Musical Theater of the city of Bukhara, which at that time was famous in Central Asia. Many talented artists worked in this Palace of Arts, who did their best to support their young colleagues. Thanks to just this kind of help and support, young Shamsi “hardened” on the stage of the theater.

In 1930, Shamsi Juraev, along with 22 artists, was invited to Dushanbe, then Stalinabad. At that time, the Musical and Drama Theater of Tajikistan felt a shortage of creative people. Shamsi Juraev got to know better composers S. Balasanyan, S. Urbakh, A. Lensky, who wrote musical works for the Tajik theater. Staying with them until late at night, he studied music, composing new works. Also, the young Shamsi Dzhuraev spent a lot of time with the music teacher S. Prokofeev and with the director R. Korokh, thanks to whom he comprehended the art of opera and ballet.
The young artist made his first steps onto the big stage, having appeared on the stage of the theater at the premiere of the national musical performance “Lola”, along with professional artists T. Fozilov, B. Turaev and others.
In 1939, the first opera by S. Ulugzade “Vose Uprising” was staged.
In this opera, Shamsi Juraev played the role of Sharif and received positive reviews from colleagues and a standing ovation from the audience.

In 1941, the tenth anniversary of Tajik art and literature was celebrated in Moscow, where the theater staff went with performances – “Vosse revolt”, “Lola”, “Two flowers”. Shamsi Juraev played the role of the collective farm chairman in the musical performance “Lola”, Rajab in the ballet “Two Flowers” and Sharif in “Vos Revolt”.
The central press highly appreciated the artistry of Shamsi Dzhuraev, in particular, in the Izvestia newspaper dated April 13, 1941, it was written: “Vosse revolt” is the first opera performance of Tajik theatrical art and is a vivid example of the talent of young performers. The performances and dances of the third act are a priceless gem, each of which has its own distinctive features. “

Shamsi Juraev is the first performer of a role in a Tajik sound film. On the recommendation of the director M. Dostal, he played the main role – the engineer-geologist Said. Then Shamsi Juraev starred in the films “My friend-Navruzov” (as Odil-ota), in the film “The fate of the poet” (Amir Nasr) “High position” (the role of a simple collective farmer), “Nasreddin in Khujand” (the role of Komilbek) ” There will be no silence ”(the role of the collective farm foreman),“ Dohunda ”(the role of Yasavul) and in many other films. In addition, Honored Artist Shamsi Juraev excelled in dubbing: more than 60 main roles, voiced by him from Russian into Tajik, are an invaluable contribution to the history of Tajik dubbing. Shamsi Dzhuraev played many different roles at the Tajikfilm film studio. His talented roles in many films of “Tajikfilm” were included in the golden fund of Tajik cinematography.
For a huge creative path, most of which was given to the Lokhuti Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, Shamsi Dzhuraev played many main and episodic, positive, tragic and satirical roles.
“Attempt of Prisoners” (the role of Costa Vara), “Behind the Rear Front” (Major Markov), “Unforgettable 1919” (Sailor Shibaev), “Honor” (Bayram), “Treachery and Love” (President), “Rudaki” (Amir Nasr), “Dohunda” (Ibrohimbek), “Innocent criminals” (Dudnik), “Wedding” (Rustam), “King Lear” (Carnauel) and others.