Portraits of Georgian musicians
Many of you ask me the web-site address of the Georgian Composers' Union. Unfortunately they do not have web-site. If you wish to contact someone, here is their mail address:
Mr. Kakha Tsabadze - Chairman
Georgian Composers' Union
Mail address: 123 Agmashenebeli Av. Tbilisi 0112. Georgia
Tel.: +(995 32) 2954164 / +(995 32) 2967505 (speak in Georgian). E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: +(995 32) 2968678
Music Information Center +(995 32) 2968678, working hours - 13:00 - 17:00 local time. They possibly speak English
Meeting the interest expressed by some of your visitors let me introduce you the list of Georgian composers. I have some documents in Georgian containing information about their live, compositions and discography. Since nobody is financing creation of this web-site I will try to allocate some time to translate articles and documents to give you as much information as it will be possible in current circumstances. Some of contemporary composers are missed at the moment and will be included further.
Unfortunately the list lacks names of Georgian composers who are supporting pop-music and jazz genres which is so popular in today's Georgia. It will be great if some of you (Georgians) could provide me with additional information on this issue.
So, dear visitors of this website, any of your help in creation of this website (donations, documents, advises, information, resources, CDs, vinyl records etc.) are welcome.
Dimitri Arakishvili (1873 - 1953)
Composer, folk music collector, public figure, teacher. One of the founders of Georgian professional music. The People's Artist of Republic of Georgia honorary title holder (1929). Academician of the Academy of Georgia (1950). While working in Moscow (till 1918) headed four expeditions to different regions of Georgia to collect folk music resulting in 3 monographs. Editor of main music magazines of that time. Founder of the second conservatory in Georgia (the first one was headed by Hippolitov-Ivanov), In 1924 both conservatories were merged and Arakishvili was appointed as a director of conservatory (1926 – 1930). First Chairman of the Georgian Composers' Union (1932). Author of the opera “Tale on Shota Rustaveli” (1919), symphonic poem “Hymn Ornuzds”, opera-buffo “Live is Gladness” (“Dinara”, 1926), symphonic picture “Hymn to the New East” (1933). Romances and works for piano – “Georgian Dance”. Music for films (“Jurgai’s Shield”, 1944).
Vaja (Vajha) Azarashvili (1936 - )
Composer. Arts Honorable Worker of Georgia (1988), Honorable Citizen of Tbilisi (1999), professor (1991), Chairman of the Georgian Composers' Union (1997-). Graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatory (I. Tuskia composer master classes), postgraduate (under leadership of A. Balanchivadze). Carries out pedagogical activities at Tbilisi State Conservatory since 1971. Created:
1. Ballet “Hevisberi” (1982).
2. Operetta “mecxre talga” (Ninth Wave).
3. Operetta “cekvis mastsavlebeli” (The Dance Teacher).
4. Operetta “shvidi dzmani gurjanelni” (Nine Brothers from Gurjaani).
5. Operetta “bichuna” (A Guy).
6. Operetta “solomon isakich majganaushvili” (Solomon Isakich Majganaushvili).
7. Operetta “kahelebi bamze” (Kakhetians on the BAM).
8. Musical “mechekme gabo” (Shoemaker Gabo).
9. Two symphonies in 1966 and 1986.
10. Concertino for symphony orchestra (1963).
11. Pieces for orchestra (Nocturne and others).
12. Concertos for cello.
13. Two concertos for violin in 1972 and 1973.
14. Concerto for alto (1973).
15. Trio for piano (1959).
16. String quartet (1988 and second reduction 1999).
17. Quartet pieces cycles “Pictures of Native Side”. (1990).
18. Quartet pieces cycles “Pictures of Old Tbilisi”. (1990).
19. Two sonatas for cello and piano (1961, second edition 1999, 1976)
20. Sonata for 2 violins and piano (1975)
21. Vocal cycle for poems by I. Grishashvili and Sh. Nishnianidze. (1980)
22. Popular songs.
Shalva Azmaiparashvili (1902 – 1957)
Conductor, composer. Arts Honorable Worker of Georgia (1941), Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic Prize laureate (1947). Graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory in (1930) as composer and orchestra conductor. Postgraduate (1933). In 1923 – 1928 played wind instruments at the symphony orchestra. Conductor (1932) and principal conductor (1938 – 1952) at Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theatre. Head of Georgian Radio Symphony Orchestra (1954 – 1957). Main works: suite for orchestra “Picture of old Tbilisi” (1941), vocal-symphonic poem “Kartli” (1946), opera “Khvisberi Gocha” (after A. Kazbegi novel, 1951), musical “rac ginahavs vegar nahav” (You’ll Never See What You Saw”, 1952).
Andrea Balanchivadze (1906 – 1992)
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He graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory in 1927 and then, in 1931, from
Leningrad Conservatory. He became the musical director of several theatres in
Georgia from 1931 to 1934 and then, professor at the Tbilisi Conservatory in
1942 and served as an artistic director of the Georgian State Symphony Orchestra
from 1941 to 1948. Chair (1953), and first secretary (1955-61, 1968-72) of of
the Union of Georgian Composer. He composed the first Georgian ballet "The Heart
of the Mountains" (1936). numerous symphonies, piano concerts, and other
compositions heavily contributed to Georgian classical music.
He carried the titles of the People's Artist of Georgia (1957) and People's
Artist of the Soviet Union (1968). He was awarded several prizes, including the
USSR State Prize (1944) and the Shota Rustaveli State Prize (1969).
Meliton Balanchivadze (1962 - 1937)
Liza Batiashvili - Georgian violinist (1979 - )
Elisso Bolkvadze - Georgian pianist (1967 - )
Alexander (Alexandre) Bukia (1906 – 1876)
The People's Artist of Republic of Georgia honorary title holder (1979). Main works: 2 operas for children: “Uninvited Guest” (1949), and “Three Blacksmiths”, opera “Arsen” (Georgian folk hero), symphony (D-Dur, 1947), songs, romances etc.
Archil Chimakadze (1919 – 1991)
The People's Artist of Republic of Georgia honorary title holder (1973). Director of Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Academy Theatre (1963- 1967). Professor of Tbilisi State Conservatory. Main works: symphony poem “Devleti” (1946), cantata “The Heart of Kartli”, drama-musical composition “Vephistkaosani” (1962 "The Knight in the Tiger's Skin" by Shota Rustaveli,), musical “Maya Tskhneteli” (1980), choirs. Romances, songs, music for theatre. Author of a handbook on polyphony.
Meri Davitashvili (1924 - )
The People's Artist of Republic of Georgia honorary title holder (1979). Shota Rustaveli Prize winner (1981). Main works: 2 operas for children “Kadjana” (1965) and “Natsarkekia” (1972), songs, music for theatre and films for children, symphonic music.
Viktor Dolidze (1890 - 1933)
Revaz Gabichvadze (1913 – 1999)
The People's Artist of Republic of Georgia honorary title holder (1967). Established the first jazz and popular music ensemble in Georgian in 1941. Main works: opera “Nana” (1957), ballet “Hamlet” (1970, after William Shakespeare, “Medea” (1975 after Euripides) “The Man Who Smiles” (1986 after Victor Hugo), operetta “Chrichina” (1952), oratories “Vephistkaosani” ("The Knight in the Tiger's Skin" by Shota Rustaveli, 1938), “Cantus Humanus” (1979), nine symphonies (1963 – 1984), symphonic poem “gamzrdeli” (1943), Overture (1975), concert for violin and symphonic orchestra (1946), concert for cello and symphonic orchestra (1950), works for folk instruments, string orchestra, chamber orchestra, popular songs, music for theatre and films.
Dini Virsaladze (1961 - )
Maya Virsaladze (1971 - )
Nodar Gabunia (1933 – 2000)
The People's Artist of Republic of Georgia honorary title holder (1982). Composer, piano player, professor of Tbilisi State Conservatory. Zakharia Paliashvili Prize winner (1985), rector of Tbilisi State Conservatory (1984 – 2000), secretary of Georgian Composers' Union (1973 – 1079), Chair of the Georgian Composers' Union (1996 – 1997). Graduated Moscow State Conservatory and postgraduate under Goldenveizer (piano) and Aram Khachaturyan (composition) leadership. Author of two musicals “Kvarkvare Tutaberi” (1973) “Khe” (“Tree”, 1979), two symphonies (1972, 1984), three concerts for piano (1961, 1976, 1986), sonatas for piano, organ, two string quartets, chamber-vocal compositions, music for films and theater.
Nunu Gabunia (1944 - )
Felix (Philippe) Glonti (1927 - 2012)
The People's Artist of Republic of Georgia honorary title holder (1988). Graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory in (1954). Professor. Author of operas: “Iverielebi” (1970), “Cleopatra” (1976). Ballet: “”Gantiadi” (1967), oratory “Galaktion” (1986), eleven symphonies (1961 – 1988), symphonic poem “Bedi Kartlisa” (1957), symphony concerto for jazz (1981), two concertos for cello, (1977, 1987), concerto for violin (1998), two string quartets (1954, 1985), music for drama performances, films.
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Otar Gordeli (1928 - 1994)
Graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory in (1951). Secretary of the Georgian Composers' Union (1968 – 1973). Author of cantata “Seasons of the Year” (1954), vocal-symphonic poem “On What is Murmuring Mtkvari-river” (1961), odes and songs for symphony-vocal orchestras, symphony (1964), symphonic poem “Motherland” (1953), “Youth Overture” (1956), two suites (1965, 1968), Pasakalia (1964), dance “Kartuli” (1958) for symphonic orchestra, conert for piano and symphonic orchestra (1952), concert for flute and symphonic orchestra (1958), quintet for piano (1950), chamber-vocal and choir compositions, operettas “Natvristvali” (1980), “My Beloved Uncle”, popular, films and theater music.
Nikoloz Gudiashvili (1913 – 1998)
The People's Artist of Republic of Georgia honorary title holder (1988). Graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory in (1954). Professor. Author of quintet for piano (1948), operas “Eliso” (after Al. Kazbegi), “Ketevan Tsamebuli” (1960), “Bloody Supra”, “Vengeance”, , “Viba Iveeria” (1971), two ballets “Dedis Madili”, (1951) “At the Narikala Caste” (1958), operettas “meeting at the Countryhouse” (1950), “A Gift” (1951), “Salkhinebeli” (1953), “At the Supper” (1959), four sympnies (1944, 1949, 1968, 1980), piano concertos (1941, 1946, 1948, 1961, 80), string quartets, [iano quintet (1948), sonata for piano (1950), 24 preludes and fugues, romances.
Giorgi (Gya, Gia, Gyia) Kancheli (1935 - )
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10 August 1935 in Tbilisi currently he live in Belgium
Considered as one of the most influential composer of the end of XX and in the
beginning of XXI centuries.
Works for Orchestra
Concerto for orchestra (1961)
Symphony No. 1 (1967)
Symphony No. 2: Songs (1970)
Symphony No. 3 (1973)
Symphony No. 4 "To the Memory of Michelangelo" (1974)
Symphony No. 5 "To the Memory of My Parents" (1977)
Symphony No. 6 (1978–1980)
Symphony No. 7 "Epilogue" (1986)
Mourned by the Wind (Vom Winde Beweint), liturgy for viola and orchestra (1989)
Trauerfarbenes Land (1994)
à la Duduki (1995)
Simi, for cello and orchestra (1995)
Morning Prayers for chamber orchestra and tape (1990)
Midday Prayers for soprano, clarinet and chamber orchestra (1990)
Night Prayers for string quartet (1992)
Caris Mere for soprano and viola (1994)
Magnum Ignotum for wind ensemble (1994)
Valse Boston for piano and strings (1996)
Instead of a Tango for violin, bandoneon, piano and double bass (1996)
In L'Istesso Tempo for piano quartet (1997)
Sio for strings, piano and percussion (1998)
Music for the living, opera in two acts (1982–1984)
Bright Sorrow Requiem (to the 40th Anniversary of the Victory over Fascism)
Evening Prayers, for eight alto voices and chamber orchestra (1991)
Psalm 23, for soprano and chamber orchestra (1993)
Lament, concerto for violin, soprano and orchestra (1994)
Diplipito, for cello, counter-tenor and chamber orchestra (1997)
And Farewell Goes Out Sighing... for violin, countertenor and orchestra (1999)
Styx, for viola, mixed choir and orchestra (1999)
Little Imber, for solo voice, children's and men's choirs and small ensemble
Amao Omi, for SATB choir saxophone quartet (2005)
Archil Kereselidze (1912 – 1971)
The People's Merited Artist of Republic of Georgia honorary title holder (1988). Zacharia Paliashvili Prize Laureate. Graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory (1934) in piano and composition specialties and Moscow Conservatory composition specialty (1939). Opera “Bashi-Achuki” (1945), ballet “Nazibrola” (1947), musicals “Under Tbilisi Sky” (1949), “Back from the Moon” (1963), “Cherry Blossoms” (1965), two concerts for piano (1941, 1945), symphony (1940), music for theatre and films (Keto and Kote adaptation), many famous songs.
Grigol Kiladze (1902 – 1962)
Composer, conductor, teacher. The Honored Worker of Arts of Republic of Georgia title holder (1941). Professor of the Tbilisi State Conservatory. Chair of the Georgian Composers' Union (1937). Director of Tbilisi State Conservatory (1938- 1941, 1945 – 1953). Conductor, Director of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Academy Theatre (1941- 1945). Head of the Tbilisi State Conservatory opera studio, Tbilisi Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Chief Director. Author of opera “Bakhtrioni”, (1936), “Lado Ketskhoveli”, (1940), ballet “Light” (1947), 2 symphonies, 2 suites, symphonic poem “Gandegili” (1937), music for films.
Bidzina Kvernadze (1928 -
Prof. Kvernadze graduated from Georgian State Conservatory in 1953 where he studied
composition with Andrey Balanchivadze.
He carried titles of People's Artist of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic
(1979), the Z. Paliashvili Prize (1981, for My Entreaty, Old Georgian
Inscriptions and Vocal-Symphonic Poem) and the Shota Rustaveli State Prize
(1985, for And it was in the eighth year). He was also named as honorary citizen
of Tbilisi (1995). He was Professor of Composition at the Georgian State
Conservatory since 1988. He taught composition and instrumentation there since
To the dawn (symphonic poem), 1953; Concerto No. 1, piano, orchestra, 1955;
Concerto, violin, orchestra, 1956; A fancy dance, 1959; Symphony No. 1, 1961;
Seraphita, 1964 (section of Choreographic Stories; may be performed separately);
Concerto No. 2, piano, orchestra, 1966; Expectation, string orchestra, 1968;
Ceremonial Overture, 1977; Symphonic Overture, 1984; Symphony No. 2, string
Immortality (cantata, texts by L. Chubabria, Peter Gruzinsky), speaker, mixed
chorus, orchestra, 1971; Cantata about Georgia (text by Peter Gruzinsky),
baritone, mixed chorus, orchestra, 1971; My Entreaty (vocal-symphonic poem, text
by Nikoloz Baratashvili), mixed chorus, orchestra, 1974, revised 1977
Choreographic Stories (2 act ballet, scenario by Zurab Kikaleishvili, Guram
Meliva, Chukurtma Gudiashvili, after Lado Gudiashvili), 1964 (one section may be
performed separately: Seraphita); Wives and Husbands (2 act operetta, libretto
by R. Lezgishvili), 1970; Berikaoba (1 act ballet, scenario by Giorgi Aleksidze),
1973; And it was in the eighth year (2 act opera, libretto by Robert Sturua,
after Jakob Khutsessi), 1982; Happier than we (2 act opera, libretto by Robert
Sturua, after Ilya Chavchavadze), 1987
Old Georgian Inscriptions (text by Giorgi Leonidze), tenor, orchestra, 1978;
Vocal-Symphonic Poem (texts by E. Tataraidze, folk poems), mezzo-soprano,
orchestra, 1979; Pray, Child (triptych, text by Jakob Gogebashvili), soprano,
piano, 2001, revised 2002
In addition Kvernadze has composed much incidental and popular music for movies,
theatre, vocal groups.
Revaz Lagidze (1921 – 1981)
Alexi Machavariani(1913 - 1995)
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He is the author of 5 symphonies. The 1st symphony was created in 1947 and dedicated to the tragedy of the II World War.
Concert for piano an violin, two operas - "Mother and Daughter" and "Hamlet", musical-show
"Funny Comedy", two ballets: "Othello" and "The Knight in a Tiger's Skin" (after Shota Rustaveli's poem), four string quartets, two sonatas for piano, sonata for violin, pieces for different instruments and choir works.
Nodar Mamisashvili (1930 - )
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N. Mamisashvili graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatory (under Andrea
Balanchivadze) in 1956. He has been Professor of Composition at the Conservatory
Prof. Mamisashvili is vice-president of the National Academy of Georgia, a
corresponding member of the Engineering Academy of Georgia and president of the
Holostudio. He was awarded “Georgia’s honored cultural worker” title. He is a
member of the Georgian Composers Union since 1956 (board member since 1973 and
serving as chairman in 1990-91) and was a member of the Soviet Union Composers
Union since 1959 till 1990. The Honored Worker of Arts of Republic of Georgia title holder (1967). Vice-president of the state National Academy of Science, member of Engineering Academy.
Author of a number of technical inventions, author of a book “Three-phase musical composition system” (1978), opera for children “Bakia Bachia” (1965), seven symphonies, four concertos for piano, ballet “Three Keys”, choirs, chamber music, music for theatre and films.
STAGE: Three Keys (ballet), 1963; Boaster Hare (children’s opera), 1965;
Khorumi (ballet), 2000
ORCHESTRAL: Fantasy, piano, orchestra, 1955; Tales (symphonic fantasy),
1956; Ice Obelisk (symphonic picture), 1959; In Guria (watercolor), 1961;
Concerto, oboe, orchestra, 1961; Small Suite, small orchestra, 1961; Concerto,
trumpet, orchestra, 1962; Three Pieces, small orchestra, 1963; Piano Concerto
No. 1, 1964; Impression and Blue Dancers (symphonic drawing), 1966; Concertino,
violin, small orchestra, 1967; Two Pieces, 1971; Solemn Overture, 1972; Concerto
No. 2, piano, small orchestra, 1973; High Ravine (symphonic drawing), 1976;
Concerto, wind ensemble, small orchestra, 1979; Symphony No. 2, The Man Gives Us
Peace, mixed chorus, orchestra, 1986; Symphony No. 4, Spectrums, 1990; Concerto
No. 3, piano, small orchestra, 1992; Symphony No. 6, Cain’s Sons, 1993; Image,
small orchestra, 1993; Piano Concerto No. 4, 2001
CHAMBER MUSIC: Two Pieces, violin, piano, 1962; Two Pieces, ensemble (9
players), 1964; 6 Miniatures, string quartet, 1964; Three Pieces, cello, piano,
1965; Three Pieces, harp, 1966; Concertino, string quartet, piano, 1972;
Triptych, violin, piano, 1987; Sonata, violin, piano, 1993; Triplex, violin,
cello, piano, 1994; Virtual (inconstant, seeming) Visions, violin, piano, 2002
CHORAL: 9 Moods, 4 male voices, 1953 (also arranged for mixed chorus,
1966); Three Children’s Songs, mixed chorus, 1968; Poem, mixed chorus, 1986;
Passions, mixed chorus, 1989; The Blessed Virgin, Rejoice, mixed chorus, 1990
PIANO: Sunrise and Blue Dancers, 1956; 7 Preludes, 1957; 24 Preludes,
1958; Lad from Tavpharavani, 1961; Two Children’s Pieces, piano 4 hands, 1964;
Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, 1964; Pioneers’ Concerto, 1964; Improvisation in the
Form of Variations, 1970; Three Children’s Pieces, 1970; The Pages of the Lyric
PIPE ORGAN: Demon (poem), 1999
HARPSICHORD: Three Pieces, 1963
ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC: Resonance, 4 tapes, 1982; Symphony No. 1, Dream, large
orchestra, tape, 1985; Symphony No. 3, Visions of the Abyss, orchestra, tape,
1989; Symphony No. 5, Triptych, baritone, piano, tapes, 1990
Shalva Mshvelidze (1904 – 1984)
The People's Artist of Republic of Georgia honorary title holder (1958). Georgia State Prize winner (1941, 1947). Zacharia Paliashvili Prize winner (1971), India. J. Neru Prize winner (1973). Graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory (1930) in composition. Professor of the Conservatory (1942). Head of department, Dean of the Faculty and Director of the Theory-composition Department at the Conservatory. Head of the State Ensemble of Song and Dance (1947 – 1050), Director of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Academy Theatre (1950- 1952). Chair of the Georgian Composers' Union (1941 - 1951). Author of symphonic poen “Zviadauri” (1940), choir and opera “Story on Tariel” (1946, after Shota Rustaveli poem), “A Magic Hand of a Master” (1949, after K. Gamsakhurdia novel, “Maradi Tkhmuleba” (1970), “Mindia” (1950), “Indian Suite” (1955), “Juvenile and a Tiger” (1962), music for theater, films. Author of the research work “Orchestration” (1965).
Vano Muradeli (1908 – 1970)
Zurab Nadareishvili (1957 – )
Sulkhan Nasidze (1927 - 1996)
Levan Paliashvili (1895 – 1976)
Composer. Music historian, teacher. The People's Artist of Republic of Georgia honorary title holder (1967). Author of operas: “Mother and a Child” (1922), “A Knight in a Tiger's Skin” (1925, after Shota Rustaveli's poem), “Iavana” (“Lullaby”, 1933). Cantata (1938), pieces for orchestra and piano, choirs and romances. Author of textbooks in music theory.
Zakharia (Zacharia) Paliashvili (1871 - 1933)
Alexander Shaverzashvili (1919 - 2003)
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Graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatory the faculty of composition (A. Balanchivadze classes) in 1944 and postgraduate in 1947. In 1946 - 1955 he worked for the Georgia Film factory as composer and music designer of the news-reel department. From 1947 he carried out pedagogical activities and from 1955 at the Tbilisi State Conservatory as a professor (from 1971) and in 1968 - 1978 he was appointed as a Head of Composition Department at the conservatory. In 1972 he was appointed as a vice-rector of the Tbilisi State Conservatory. Among his students were well-known composers Bidzina Kvernadze and Vajha Azarashvili. From 1958 till 1959 he headed the Chamber Department at the Georgian Philharmonic. In the 1982 he was awarded the Georgian State Artist's title. He has composed:
Marine (1954), King Oedipus (1964), Towards New Shores 1967 operas.
Three Symphonic Trios (1952, 1968, 1979).
Vocal-symphonic cycle "khma idumali" ("Mysterious Voice", according to N. Baratashvili verses).
Three symphonies (1945, 1962, 1976).
Symphony Poem "To The Fighters of the 1905 Revolution". (1955).
Symphonic picture "Mtkvari" (river in Georgia and Tbilisi) in 1958
Oratory. "Gza ukdavibisgen" (The Way To Deathless) in 7 parts.
Cantata "chemi samshoblos simgerebi" (The Songs Of My Motherland).
Concerto for Voice and Symphony Orchestra.
Trios and quintet for piano
and other small compositions.
Nikoloz Sulkhanishvili (1871–1919)
Composer, singer, collector of Georgian folk songs. Graduated from Tbilisi Music College (1902). Headed choirs and church choir “a capella” at the Philharmonic. In 1912 – 1914 collected plenty of Kakhetian (Eastern region of Georgia) folk songs. Founded contemporary Georgian choir and created the first Georgian folk music templates.
Shalva Taktakishvili (1900 – 1965)
Composer, conductor and violin player. The Honored Worker of Arts of Republic of Georgia title holder (1949). Graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory (1928) in composition. Professor of the Conservatory (1941). One of the founders of the “Association of Young Georgian String Orchestra” and then - of the Georgian Symphony Orchestra. He has founded Georgian chamber-folk instrumental music together with I. Tuskia. He also is the author of the first string quartet in Georgia. Operas: “Deputy” (1939), “Otaraant Kvrivi” (1942), Ballet: Maltakva” (1932), two string quartets (1931, 1933). Three single act operas for children: “The World of Flowers”, “The 1st of May”, “Autumn”. Pieces for cello and piano “Nana”, “Urmuli”, “Tale”, romances and songs.
Otar Taktakishvili (1924 - 1989)
Davit (Guguli) Toradze (1922 – 1983)
The People's Artist of Republic of Georgia honorary title holder (1982). Graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory (1928) in piano and composition. Moscow conservatory (1941) - composition. Tbilisi State Conservatory postgraduate (1952). Professor of the Conservatory (1973). Deputy Chair of the Georgian Composers' Union (1962 - 1968). Author of operas: “Mtebis dzakhili” (“The Call of Mountains”, 1947), “Chrdiloetis patardzali” (The North's Fiance 1958), ballet “Gorda” (1949), “For Peace”, “Mtsiri” (after M. Lermontov's poem), two sympnonies (1946, 1968) musicals, choir with symphony orchestra (Georgian Folk Songs” (1974), overture “Rokva” (1944), concerto for piano (1983), songs and music for films.
Giorgi Tsabadze (1924 – 1086)
The Reputable Citizen of Tbilisi status holder(1983). The People's Artist of Republic of Georgia honorary title holder (1973). Graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory (1956). Director of Popular Music Department of the Georgian Philharmonic (1956 – 1975). Author of about 20 operettas - “Song About Love” (1949), “Magnificent Trio” (1963), “Kurka's Wedding” (1969), “Ietim Gurji” (1976), “The Shadow of Metechi” (1984),, musicals “My Fair Brother” (1965), “Italian Affair” (1977). He is the author of more then 200 songs, music for films (Melodies of Vera District” by G. Shengelaya, 1972).
Sulkhan Tsintsadze (1925 - 1992)
Iona Tuskia (1901 – 1963)
The People's Artist of Republic of Georgia honorary title holder (1962). Graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory – composition and violin, Leningrad Conservatory (1931). . Chair of the Georgian Composers' Union (1935 - 1937). Professor of the conservatory (1950), Rector of the Tbilisi State Conservatory (1952 – 1962). Author of operas “Motherland” (1939), string quartet “Chela” (1926), symphonic pictures “gvelismchameli” (“Snake-eater” after V. Pshavela's poem, 1927), “Keenoba” (1930), concert for violin (1944), “March-grotesque” (1927) and others. Songs, romances, choirs, music for theater and films (“Dariko”, 1937, “Narinjis veli”, 1937 by N. Shengelaya).
Valerian (Vakuna) Shiukashvili - Georgian piano playert
Pianist Valerian (Vakuna) Shiukashvili is a winner of several international competitions and festivals and the owner of ten grand prizes. The 30-year-old pianist lives alone in his house. His parents sometimes visit him from Moscow. Recently, his first video appeared and it was a success. He played part of Victor Dolidze's opera, "Keto da Kote”, called "Georgian Dance" Nino Lapiashvili, director of the video, said that Shiukashvili's style of playing is so fast and unusual that she had to think a lot how to arrange the video. "I realized that something unusual should be done. I showed only his fingers and the keyboard. The goal for us was to show his dynamics while playing. It was done in general," said Lapiashvili. Traducing the video was important, I think. People can see and hear me only at the concerts. Now I'm introduced to the wide audience," said Shiukashvili.
Shiukashvili's favorite composers are Bach and Mozart. These two, and also Scarlatti and Chopin, were in his performance at a concert in Tbilisi Conservatory on January 19, 2007. "It was a special concert for me. It was dedicated to Natlisgeba (Orthodox Christian's holiday) and the great honor for me was that the Patriarch attended the concert," said Shiukashvili. He said his relationship with the Patriarch is very special. He was invited to the New Year's dinner at the Patriarch's apartment, with only those who are closest to the religious leader.
Nino Khutsishvili, a college friend of Shiukashvili, emphasized his skills and ability to communicate: "As a professional, his technique of playing is excellent. What distinguished him from others is his unique sound. And as a friend, I can tell that he is always available for us, everybody loves his sense of humor. He has lot of friends with different profession and mentality.
Georgian State Piano Trio
Georgian State Piano Trio was established in 1992. The Trio drew the attention of Georgian musical society both audience and reviewers from the very date of its foundation. The Trio participated in various concerts, international festivals and became an inseparable part of Georgian instrumental music raised the ensemble to new heights. The Trio continues to tour regularly. They have already performed in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Holland, Russia etc. the repertoire of the Trio generally includes classical music as well as pieces by modern Georgian composers. Their popularization is of high importance for the ensemble. Georgian State Piano Trio's refined performing manner received high appraisal from mass media all around the world.
"...the Trio has got a really wonderful staff', who not once made the Georgian music famous...".
Eduard Shevardnadze - President Of Georgia.
"... magical temperament and brilliant performing of the brilliant ensemble... "
" NRZ Niderrhein " Germany.
"...feeling and music in harmony, exploring the beauty of Georgian instrumental music. .."
"Die Sudostschweiz " Switzerland.
"...the group is characterized by an emotionally strained, great orchestral sound and convincing phrase....
"Corriere della Serra Italy
"...the Trio performed Azarashvili 's music with colossal expression and fiery temperament..."
"Muzikalnaia Jizn" Russia
VAJA KALANDADZE (Guitar)
Born in 1961 in Tbi1isi, Georgia.
His repertoire includes the works of Classical, Spanish, Latin American, Georgian, Russian composers, also has a program with orchestra.
V. Kalandadze has interesting interpretations of Georgian folk music; he is the author of many interesting works. He is a soloist of Georgian State Philharmonic. (high category).
Since 1989 he has been a head of the guitar class at Tbilisi State Conservatoire. His students are performing in many countries of Europe.
ALICE TAVDIDISHVILI (piano)
Alice Tavdidishvili is only 16 years old and it is a bit unbelievable that such a young girl is already a professional musician with such technique and musical intuition. Alice had a tremendous success in Italy, UK, Germany, and France. She transformed the greatness of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, and showed fantastic technique and talent. Now Alice studies at the PURCELL SCHOOL in the UK.
1996 October, 71h International Piano Competition For Young Piat:1ists, Rome. Italy - 3rd Prize.
1998 September, 2nd International Music Competition Monterosa -Kawai -Varallo Sesia (VC) Italy - 2nd Prize.
1998 September, VI International Music Competition Premio Vittoria Caffa Righetti, Italy- 1st Prize
2000 April, World Piano Competition London under the patronage of HRH Prince of Wales.
"Alice is a very gifted pianist and deserves every assistance."
Paul Badura Skoda
Alice Tavdidishvili seems to be one of the most gifted young pianists. Professional education, excellent manual technique and sensitive ear that allow her to create a wide spectrum of the piano tone colors.
THE GROUP NIGHT CITY
The group works in the genre of modern jazz. They had tours in Japan, England, France, Germany, and Denmark. Many famous artists performed with the group, among them are Michel Petruchiani, John Abercrombie, Philip Catherine, and Antoine Herve.
JAZZ SEXTET OF GEORGIA
Jazz-Sextet of Georgia was founded on the initiative of three members of the group in 1996. At first the group was lead by the director of the State Georgian Orchestra - Ilia Kalandadze.
At this time the repertoire of the ensemble contained only classical jazz compositions. Later the original interpretations of the compositions of Georgian composers of different periods and styles appeared in the sextet program. But the main direction of the creative work of the group developed when the sextet was collaborating with the young Georgian professional composer and pianist Nika Memanishvili, whose name was entered in the Gold Book of UNESCO. Such branches of Georgian Culture as folklore and ancient professional music as well as the church hymns represent the sphere of interests of the group.
The creative principle of the group is the synthesis of Georgian folk and jazz music. Sextet is the sole Georgian jazz-folk ensemble. The ensemble first came on the stage at the student's festival in 1997, when it won the "Modern Song" nomination. In April 1999 the ensemble participated in the international festival "Suklegos" in Kaunas (Lithuania), where the group had very successful concerts. In June of 1999 the Jazz-Sextet of Georgia became the prizewinner of "Tampere Choir Festival" in Finland.
Nowadays the group works intensively in the direction of jazz-folk and Georgian classical music.
The founder and leader of the group Lali Beradze is a former soloist of the "Jazz Choral" which has toured all over Europe, winning a wide recognition among their audiences as well as musicians and jazz connoisseurs.
The nucleus of the "Jazz Septet" is also composed of the former "Jazz Choral" soloists and this determined the take over of the best traditions of the once well known ensemble. Their wide-range repertoire includes world jazz, classical and jazz compositions based on Georgian vocal polyphony and intonation. This is the only ensemble in the country, which due to the splendid talent of each performer has created an exquisite sound of big band.
Born in 1972 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Has played piano from the age of 6. He performed with his trio in Germany, Switzerland, France and USA.
Now he performs solo programs with his own compositions.
OTAR MAGRADZE GROUP
Jazz Trio "Tbilisi" was established in February 1999, and is headed by Otar Magradze. In 1988-1989 jazz quartet of Otar Magradze participated in the Saarbrucken Jazz Festival. The collaboration of Otar Magradze with Dato Odzelashvili has started in 1998 while recording a CD. They recorded the compositions "Tatris Meidan" and "Gurian Sketches". In 1999 the current staff of the jazz trio participated in the Music Festival dedicated to the lOOOth Anniversary of Saarbrucken, where they were rewarded a special memorable medal for successful performing. The repertoire of the trio generally contains the compositions on Georgian themes, which have a high importance meaning for the ensemble.
BACHA MDZINARASHVILI JAZZ QUINTET
BEKA GOCHITASHVILI SEPTET
THE GROUP GREEN ROOM
The GREEN ROOM was founded in 1999. Members of the group are: Achiko Guledani -guitar, vocals; Beka Japaridze -keyboards; Valeri Piltakian -trumpet; Kaha Jagashvili - saxophone; Nodar Ekvtimishvili - bass; David Aduashvili -drums; Maka Gamkrelidze and Tamuna Magalashvili - back vocals. At present the group is working on its first album in the studio "Georgian Records".
"We studied together at the jazz college. We've been together since 1996 and our four-year partnership bears fruits, which gives us strength to go on. We love what we are doing and we hope this is just the beginning. We would like to express gratitude towards everybody who helps us on the stage and beyond it."
"Green Room "
Kako Vashalomidze - Guitarist, composer, arranger. Kako works in Rock style. His beloved styles are classical music, jazz, blues. K. Vashalomidze effectively uses intonations and tunes of Georgian folk music. Being a professional engineer he successfully gets necessary original sounds. Since 1996 he has played with various well-known bands and musicians, he is a composer in "Georgian Film Co.", also has a pedagogical practice. At present K. Vashalomidze 'is the soloist of Georgian TV Corporation Orchestra.
Prizes and awards: "The Best Group ", "The Best Composition ", and "The Best Rock Guitar Player".
CD's: "Sixth Feeling", "You Again", "Night and Day", "From Retro to Rock".
The Group SHIN
The Georgian word "shin" meaning "homeward". "Tseruli" is the name of the musical accompaniment remarkable duo "The Shin" has chosen for this spiritual kind of journey home. Tseruli stands for a kind of rhythmic, polyphonic improvisation, which takes its origin in early Georgian, culture. Tseruli takes this tradition into our modern times, adds music from the East, adds music from the West, adds Jazz - the African factor. What we finally hear is the world music at its very best. The masterminds behind "The Shin" are Zurab Gagnidze and Zaza Miminoshvili, who have gained a most brilliant reputation back home in Caucasus for many years. But "The shin" are on their way to international success: Switch on your TV set, walk over the Frankfurt music fair - and be prepared to meet "The Shin".
In 1994 at the International Guitar Competition held in Hollywood, CA.
Allan Holdsworth named him as the "Best Guitarist of the Year" in "Fusion" nomination. Following the competition in Hollywood, Temur went on to even greater heights and performed with the Virtuoso American guitarist, Michael Angelo (1995). Later in 1996 he was named "Best Instrumentalist of Georgia". In 1998 Temur received the biggest appreciation from the legend of our days Mstislav Rostropovich who called him "...great musician". As a reward for his invaluable contribution to the development of the art of guitar and commitment to his music, the Georgian President, Edward Shevardnadze, awarded Temur Kvitelashvili with "The Order of Honor" in 1998. Temur's name is also included in the second edition of the Georgian encyclopedia Who Is Who.
Born in Tbilisi in 1977. Composer, guitar player. Began to play at the age of 11. His first tutor was Vahtang Mahniashvili. In 1992 he was invited to the
renaissance and baroque ensemble IBERIA CONSORT. In 1993 he became a member of the alternative band AFTERNOON VERSION. In 1994 he takes part in the project Acoustic Guitar Experiment. Since that time he has been a participant of various festivals in Georgia: "Amma", "Hands" and "Margarita".
In the pop music festival "Lira 96" as a member the band AFTERNOON VERSION he was awarded in three nominations: "Best Group", "Best Arrangement" and "Best
Live Performance and won Grand Prix.
In 1996 he entered the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Vazha Kalandadze's class. During this period he performed solo concerts and became a participant of the First International Guitar Festival in Tbilisi in 1998.
In 2000 Zura Dzagnidze graduated from the conservatoire; after that he was invited to the US, at the Berkley Music College.
The Group SOFT EJECT
There are several ways of gaining popularity in the contemporary rock. The easiest one is conquering hearts and minds through attracting the public attention by all sorts of scandals, the most difficult by creative work. Soft Eject chose the latter and attained its objectives.
At one time Soft Eject was far better known in Germany than in Georgia. They gave their fIrst concert at Tbilisi Medical Institute in 1989 (4 years after the group members met). A year later they performed at Batumi Rock Festival and in 1993 participated in the Greens rock-action. This was followed by several tours in Germany.
Several contemporary rock-artists draw inspiration from folklore today. Soft Eject has proved its originality once more by utilizing Irish, European and Oriental melodies. The new works represent short pieces and the interesting thing is that a conventional rock quartet is definitely not enough to perform them. This is why there are plenty of musicians, far from the rock music scene, who have been invited by the group - Irakli Chelishvili (guitar, vocal), Gia Karchkhadze (guitar), Vaho Babunashvili (bass) and Nodar Manchkhashvili (percussion) - to assist in the creative process.
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