Sandro Nebieridze (2002 - )
Sandro is studying at Tbilisi Music Seminary of V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatory. His teacher is L. Sanikidze.Apart from piano classes, he attends composition class of M. Virsaladze. Sandro composes opera and piano music and music for other instruments.
Grand Prix in the Grand Piano Competition (30 April - 5 May, 2016). He is winner of Grand Prix in the Mariinsky International Piano Festival (St.-Petersburg, Russia) Participation in “Stars on Baikal” International Music Festival (Irkutsk, Russia). Participation in Denis Matsuev’s project of 2016/2017 concert season. Participatied in Vladimir Spivakov’s project of 2016/2017 concert season. Participating in the project of Moscow Philharmonic Society of 2016/2017 concert season. Special prize from Rosconcert – participation in International Tariverdiev music Festival in Tbilisi.
Inga Kashakashvili - classical pianist (1974 - )
She studied at Tbilisi V. Sarajishvili State Conservatoire (Georgia) and DePaul University (Chicago, IL). In 1991 she won a prize at the New Port International Competition for Young Pianists in Wales, UK. She appeared in the renowned Barbican Center in London as well as in Cardiff and Bristol. That same year, Ms. Kashakashvili was invited to perform as a guest artist in Newport's Tredegar House.
Inga Kashakashvili participated in the Leipzig Music Festival and toured in Germany in 2000. In 2001 she visits United States for the first time and participates at the Flier International Piano Competition where she wins the Third Prize. At the same she was invited to perform at the Piano Summer Festival in New Paltz, NY. In 2003 she appeared as a guest artist at the United Sounds of America Festival, dedicated to the 9/11 tragedy. Her recitals were recorded and broadcast by Chicago Classical Radio WFMT. In 2008 she won Artists International Debut Award and was presented at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall with a solo recital. Inga Kashakashvili lives in New York City.
Inga Kashakashvili won Artists International Debut Award and was presented at Carnegie Hall, New York (2008). She is a prizewinner of Jacob Flier International Piano Competition, New Paltz, NY (2001) and Newport International Competition for Young Pianists, Wales, UK (1991). Based on individual accomplishments and contributions to society Inga Kashakashvili was listed in the International Madison Who's Who (2006-2007).She received Mannes College the New School for Music Scholarship Award in 2006; DePaul University Full Scholarship Award in 2003-2005; DePaul University performance award in 2003; Festival Piano Summer at New Paltz Award in 2001, among others.
Giorgi Latso - classical pianist (born Giorgi Latsabidze, 1978 -)
He is classical pianist, composer and doctor of musical arts. He has won piano competitions and received awards in many countries. His concerts have been broadcast on radio and
television is Europe, Asia and America. He has been an American citizen since 2012.
Latso won prizes in the Yehudi Menuhin Federation Competition in Austria, at the Young Artist International Piano Competition in Los Angeles, at Ennio Porrino International Competition in Italy and Rubinstein International Competition in France. He received the Vladimir Spivakov Award (Moscow virtuosi) in 2001, the Georgian Presidential Prize in 1999/2002, the German Marion Dönhoff Trust Award in 2002, DAAD the German Academic Exchange Award in 2004, the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Academic Achievement Recognition of Excellence Award in 2004, Herbert Batliner Trust Award in 2005, the USC Keyboard Studies Department Award in 2007 and 2011, the American philanthropist Carol Hogel Music Scholarship in 2008,H.S.H. Princess Marie Aglaë of Liechtenstein Award in 2009. In January 2013, Latso was honored as a Steinway Artist by Steinway & Sons in New York City.
Tamriko Siprashvili - classical pianist (1963 -
Tamriko began piano studies at the age of 3. At age 5, she entered the Special Music School for gifted children in her home city of Tbilisi, Georgia. She graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1985. Tamriko is known for her romantic repertoire, especially that of Robert Schumann. She has recorded several albums for Nimbus Records, among them "Variations on a Theme by Chopin Opus 22, and Variations on a Theme by Corelli opus 42, by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Currently she lives in Pleasanton California, USA.
Irma Svanadze - classical pianist (1976 -)
Irma maintains an active performance schedule in both the US and Europe and is teaching in Eastern Europe, France, Belgium and the United States.
Initially trained in the Russian Piano Tradition, Irma continued her education in France at the Saint-Maur Conservatory, where in 2000 she was awarded two Gold Medals – in piano and chamber music
Ketevan Kartvelishvili - classical pianist (
Ketevan Kartvelishvili gave her first performance with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13, performing Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No.1, under the baton of Jansugh Kakhidze. During her studies at the Tbilisi Music School for Gifted Children she performed the following piano concertos with orchestra: Grieg, Mozart No.27, and Liszt No.1.
Ms. Kartvelishvili was awarded the Third Prize and a Laureate title in the 5th Marco Polo International Piano Competition held in Greece in 1999.
Ms. Kartvelishvili joined the Toradze Piano Studio at Indiana University at South Bend to pursue an Artist Diploma in the fall of 2009. On February 27, 2010, she performed in a live broadcast of Sergei Rachmaninoff's piano works on WFMT in Chicago. In December 2010 she was awarded a Performer Certificate for her solo recital at which she performed Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Prokofiev's Sonata No. 7.
On March 5, 2011, Ketevan Kartvelishvili won First Prize at the William C. Byrd Young Artists International Piano Competition held in Flint, MI. The following year on March 3, 2012, she won First Prize at the 36th Young Artists Piano Concerto Competition in Kankakee, IL. On January 26, 2013 Kartvelishvili won First Prize in the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Scholarship Competition.
On July 17, 2013 she won First Prize in the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition in New Paltz, NY. On January 28, 2012, she performed in "Whiting" Hall with the Flint Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Enrique Arturo Diemecke. The same year Ms. Kartvelishvili performed in "New Chapel"
Hall with the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with conductor Allan Dennis. In May 2012, she performed Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in the Toradze Piano Studio concert with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Tsung Yeh. On July 26th, 2013, she performed Liszt's Concerto No. 1 with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, conducted by Vladimir Feltsman.
Khatia Buniatishvili - classical pianist (1987 -)
Khatia Buniatishvili was introduced to the piano at an early age by her mother, an enthusiastic music lover. She gave her first performance as soloist with an orchestra at the age of six. Then she was invited to give performances in Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Russia, Israel and the USA.
In 2003 Khatia won a special prize at the Horowitz International Competition for Young Pianists in Kiev as well as first prize at the Foundation to Assist Young Georgian Musicians competition set up by Elisabeth Leonskaya.
Since 2003 she studued at Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts. Winner of the Bronze Medal at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition in 2008, she was also distinguished as the Best Performer of a Chopin piece and as Audience Favourite.
In 2011 Khatia Buniatishvili made her first recording with a Liszt recital on Sony Classical, following with her first recording accompanied with orchestra for a Chopin album.
Khatia Buniatishvili speaks five languages.
Valerian (Vakuna) Shiukashvili - classical pianist (1975 -)
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.
Irma Gigani - classical pianist (1996 -)
Born in 1996 in Tbilisi. In 2001 enrolled Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili Central Music School At this age she played J.S. Bach f-moll piano concerto. In 2002 she became laureate and winner of Grand prize at Minerbio International Competition, Italy. Then she participated in the marathon of "Gifted Children" at Liana Isakadze's International Art festival. In 2003 at the 3rd Republican Competition of musician-Performers she was awarded a special prize by the Embassy of USA in Georgia. Since 2003 she participates in the festivals held by V. Spivakov Foundation. She is a scholar of V.Spivakov and UNESCO International Fund.
Ankara Simphony Orchastra in Ankara (Tuerkey), organized by V. Spivakov Fund and her recital at Nice Opera Theatre ( France, organized by UNESCO. Since 2009 Irma had been studying at Tbilisi V. Sarajishivli Musical Seminary under professor Tengiz Amirejibi. She issued her first CD with Israel Camerata (conductor Avner Biron). In 2010 she participated in F. Chopin Competition and won First Prize and Special Award for the best performance of the Georgian composer's masterpiece. Irma is 4th prize winner of Aarhus International Piano Competition (Denmark) 2015.
Elisso Bolkvadze - classical pianist (1967 -)
She performed her first concert with orchestra at the age of seven. She a winner of numerous international piano competitions such as:
Van Cliburn Competition (USA), Vianna da Motta (Lisbon), Axa International Piano Competition (Dublin), Marguerite Long Competition - special prize for the best interpretation of French music (Paris). Elisso Bolkvadze was awarded with "The Medal of Georgian Government” – one of the most prestigious national honors in her country of birth.
Alissa (Alice) Tavdidishvili - classical pianist (1984 -)
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 Pianists, 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.” (Vladimir Krainev).
At the age of just 15 she was selected from 600 pianists worldwide to be one of the 24 finalists to compete in the World Piano Competition, organized under the patronage of HRH the Prince of Wales in the Purcell Room in London. Alissa's performance, as one of the youngest players in this competition, won her a full scholarship to study at the Purcell School of Music.
She continued her studies in London at the Royal Academy and Trinity College of Music, where she graduated with a 1st class honours in 2007. She is currently studying at Trinity College of Music under Professor Martino Tirimo.
In 2000 she performed the Liszt Piano Concerto no 2 with the Georgian State Symphony Orchestra in the Big Hall of the Georgian State Conservatory, conducted by Roman Brogli. Other performances include solo recitals in the Georgian State Conservatory, Sweden, Purcell Room, Royal Opera House Linbury Studios, London Coliseum,Inn Chapel, Regents Hall, the Reform Club and the Wigmore Hall. Her future performances will include venues such South Bank Centre . She is much in demand for private recitals including a recent performance for the Prince of Monaco at the Ritz Hotel.
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
Mikheil Kiria (baritone)
Mikheil Kiria was born in Zugdidi (Georgia), graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatory in 2010. In 2005 he took part in Festivals in Russia and Georgia, and in 2007 obtained scholarship by the Paata Burchuladze International Foundation. In 2010 he won the First Prize at the Lado Ataneli International Competition and debuted at the Opera Studio of Tiblisi's Conservatory in as Germont in Verdi’s La traviata. In 2011 he appeared as Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro.
From 2011 to 2013 he was a member of the Academy of Lyric Opera of La Scala where he prepared the roles performed with Academy and repertoire with Renato Bruson. On the milanese stage he performed Blansac in La scala di seta, Bob in The Little Sweep and Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola and in Muscat within the Accademy tournèe Pistola in Falstaff.
Among his recent and future engagements: the cover of Poliuto at the Glyndebourne Festival where he will be back next Summer with the one of Harasta in The Cunning Little Wixe, Ping in Turandot at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana with the Cracow Philarmonic Orchestra, Geronimo in Il Matrimonio segreto in a Needherland tour, Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Deutsche Oper in Berlin. He will be Falstaff in the next Verdi Festival in Parma in 2017, Marco in Gianni Schicchi at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam and Don Magnifico in Cenerentola in Frankfurt.
Gocha Abuladze (1985 -) bariton
Gocha was born in Georgia. In 2004 he graduated from the Vocal Faculty of the Kutaisi M. Balanchivadze musical college and entered V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatory Academic singing faculty class Prof. Nodar Andghuladze. While at the conservatory he obtained the Makvala Kasrashvili, Maia Tomadze and Paata Burchuladze scholarships, and earned Master Degree in Vocal Performance. After Tbilisi State Conservatory graduation Mr. Abuladze continued education at the Osimo Academy. While studying there (2010-2011) he participated in master classes from Raina Kabaivanska, Lella Cuberli, Alessandro Benini, Carlo Morganti and Harriet Lowson (piano).
Mr. Abuladze sang several roles in the Conservatory Opera Studio. From 2005 to 2009 Abuladze sang the roles of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Figaro in Barbiere di Siviglia. His first appeared at the Z. Paliashvili Tbilisi State opera is dated 2009. In 2010 he made his debut in G. Verdi’s La Traviata as George Germont, which he also performed in Ferrara, Italy in 2011. In January 2012 he sang Tonio in Franco Zeffirelli’sproduction of Pagliacci at Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, conducted by Julian Kovachev. Abuladze also has an active career in concert performance.
Gocha Abuladze also took part in many festivals, including the International Festival of Chamber Music in Tbilisi (solo recital, 2010, accompanied by Vazha Chachava) and ArtGeni in 2006 organized by the Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II. In 2007-2008 he attended Montserrat Caballe's master class, after which he was selected to sing in a gala concert with Caballe in the Mozart Hall in Zaragoza.
While studying in Italy, he successfully participated in ten international vocal competitions and festivals. He was the winner of the international vocal competition “Citta di Ferrara" in 2011 and also received the special prize of Daniele Barioni. In 2012, competing with more than 200 singers, he won the Critic Prize of the Zandonai competition in Riva del Garda to his collection. He also participated in master classes from Mietta Sighele and Veriano Luchetti as 123 High Street, Town, County, Postcode 123-456-7890 part of the competition. Mr. Abuladze took part in a concert performance conducted by Maestro Marco Boemi. Mr. Abuladze won third prize for two consecutive years in the Magda Olivero international voice competition, receiving the awards from Mrs. Olivero herself in 2012 and 2013. Mr. Abuladze was given the opportunity to perform the role of Iago in the Ravena Festival, given by Mrs. Christina Mazzavillani Muti. He also earned the Bastianini special prize for the best baritone.
In 2015 Abuladze was named the season’s best singer of Theater Magdeburg. Past engagements include Masetto/Don Giovanni in Montpellier (2013), Tomsky/The Queen of Spades at Grange Park Opera (2014), Figaro/Le Nozze di Figaro, Figaro/Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Marcello/ La Boheme, Gugliermo/Cosi fan tutte, as well as Giorgio Germont/La Traviata at Theater Magdeburg, and Tonio/Pagliacci in Tirana, with Inva Mula in the role of Nedda.
In very successful 2016 he has successfully debuted four new roles: Renato/Un Ballo in Maschera, the title role of Rigoletto in the Tirana State Opera, Ondino/La Campana Sommersa by Ettorino Resphighi, where he had the great fortune of working with Maestro Donato Renzetti, and Schaunard/La Boheme. In September 2016 he made his fifth debut as Rodrigo in Don Carlos at the Teatro Regio in Parma Urna.
Otar Jorjikia - tenor
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 2003 - 2007 Otar Jorjikia studied in Austria, in Vienne Performing Arts College. In 2011 he took part in the young singers’ festival An International Opera Workshop in Sigriswil (Switzerland) and in 2012 he attended master-classes conducted by Renato Bruson and Edda Moser. O. Jorjikia graduated from the Vano Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire in 2013.
Mr. Jorjikia regularly appears at the Georgian Academic Paliashvili Opera and Ballet Theatre. His European debut took place back in 2004 at the Raimund Theater (Vienna). Since then the singer has appeared at the Teatro all’Antica (Sabbioneta), the Teatro Regio (Parma), the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi (Busseto), the Teatro Comunale (Bologna), and in Switzerland - the Paul Klee Centre.
His repertoire includes the roles of the Duke (Rigoletto), Don Alvaro (La forza del destino), Ernani (Ernani), Alfredo (La traviata), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Cavaradossi (Tosca) and Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly). He is prize-winner at the International Lado Antoneli Competition.
George Gagnidze –baritone (
He was born in Tbilisi and graduated from the State Conservatory. In the course of his career, George Gagnidze, who now masters the genre of dramatic heroic baritone, has worked with many renowned conductors and directors, including James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Fabio Luisi, James Conlon, Plácido Domingo, Mikko Franck, Jesús López-Cobos, Nicola Luisotti, Daniel Oren, Gianandrea Noseda, Kirill Petrenko, Yuri Temirkanov; Luc Bondy, Liliana Cavani, Robert Carsen, Peter Stein, Giancarlo Del Monaco, Henning Brockhaus, and Robert Sturua.
Mr. Gagnidze debuted as Renato in Un ballo in maschera in 1996 at the Paliashvili State Opera. He entered the “Concorso Voci Verdiane” in 2005 as an award-winner of the “Leyla Gencer Voice Competition” and the “Elena Obraztsova Competition”. The jury, (José Carreras and Katia Ricciarelli) awarded him first prize. In 2009 he made his sensational debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Rigoletto, and has since then ranked among the leading singers of his genre.
He is regularly invited by the most prestigious international opera companies, performances of the 2017/18 season include Tonio in Pagliacci at the Metropolitan Opera, Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana and Tonio in Pagliacci at the Hamburg State Opera, Amonasro in Aida at the Teatro Real Madrid and at the Teatro alla Scala, his role debut as Barnaba in La Gioconda at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Among his engagements of the 2016/17 season are his role debut as Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier and Amonasro in Aida at the San Francisco Opera, Aida at the Metropolitan Opera, Andrea Chénier and Tosca at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Nabucco in a new production at the Arena of Verona as well as Šakovlity in Hovanščina for his debut at the BBC Proms.
Other past highlights include the title roles in Rigoletto and Macbeth; Cavalleria rusticana (Alfio) and Hovanščina at the Metropolitan Opera, Nabucco (title role) and Tosca at the Vienna State Opera, Rigoletto, La traviata (Germont) and Aida at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Tosca at Opéra National of Paris, Simon Boccanegra (title role) at the Teatro Real di Madrid, Rigoletto at the Festival of Aix-en-Provence, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci at Gran Teatro del Liceu of Barcelona, La traviata at the Arena of Verona, and Otello (Iago) at The Greek National Opera of Athens.
Anita Rachvelishvili, opera singer, mezzo soprano (1984 - )
Born in Tbilisi (Georgia, country), June 28, 1984 Georgian mezzo soprano Ms. Anita Rachvelishvili studied piano at the Mukhran Machavariani School and then entered Tbilisi State Conservatory Manana Egadze’s class. She received scholarship from the President of Georgia, and in 2007 won the Paata Burchuladze Prize. While at the conservatory, she debuted as Maddalena in Rigoletto and as Olga in Eugen Onegin in at the Tbilisi State Opera house and joined the opera team in 2006. In 2007 she was invited to join the Accademia at the Teatro alla Scalla and was heard by D. Barenboim, who invited her to star Carmen in 2009/2010 La Scala Season.
On December 7th, 2009, she sang the Carmen opposite Jonas Kaufmann as Don José at opening night of the La Scala season in a production conducted by D. Barenboim and staged by Emma Date. Since then she has debuted as Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Bayerische Staatsoper München, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, San Francisco Opera, Staatsoper Berlin, Seattle Opera, Teatro Regio in Turin, at the Arena di Verona, with the Canadian Opera Company.
In Netherlands at the Concertgebouw Ms. Rachvelishvili made her debut when she sang her first Dalila in a concert performance of Samson et Dalila. She also sang Dulcinée in Massenet’s Don Quichotte at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari. In the end of 2011 A. Rachvelishvili debuted at Carnegie Hall alongside with Angela Gheorghiu and Jonas Kaufmann as the Principessa di Bouillon in Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur. Other roles also include Isabella in Rossinis L’Italiana in Algeri at the Scala, and the title role in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Festival de Peralada I. Anita also sang Lyubasha in the new production of Rimsky Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride staged by Dmitry Cherniakov and conducted by Daniel Barenboim at Staatsoper Berlin.
Performances in the 2013/2014 season include Konschakowna in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Borodin’s Prince Igor which was the first time the company had performed this work since 1917. Anita also made her debut at the Teatro all’Opera di Roma as Carmen, and performed same role at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. Earlier in the season, she sang as Carmen at the Staatsoper Berlin and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and at the Arena di Verona as Carmen and as Amneris in Aida.
The 2014/2015 season began with the title role of Carmen at Metropolitan Opera and at the Teatro alla Scala as Carmen and for a new production of Aida led by Lorin Maazel. She sang as Amneris in Aida at the Rome Opera, and gave an recital at the Mariinsky Theatre. Anita also performed extraordinary Verdi Requiem at the Salzburg Easter Festival.
2016 season included her return to Teatro alla Scala in performances of Verdi Requiem, the Dutch National Opera in the role of Marfa in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in the title role of Carmen, and her debut as Amneris in Aida at the Paris Opera.
He roles also include Paris Opera debut as Amneris in “Aida”, and Azucena in “Il Trovatore” at Covent Garden, “Samson et Dalila” in Berlin and Sao Paulo.
Lina Tetriani - opera singer, soprano (1977 -)
Lina Tetriani made her professional debut as Antonia Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Staatstheater Stuttgart, where Opernwelt hailed her as “one of Europe’s most exciting young talents.” Later, while a member of the ensemble at Oper der Stadt, Köln, Lina appeared as Micaela Carmen, Antonia, Mimi La Boheme, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Arminda La finta giardiniera, and sang a critically-acclaimed Nedda in Christopher Alden’s production of I Pagliacci. She spent the 2003/04 season in Stein Winge’s new production of La Boheme for Norwegian Opera, alternating in performances of Mimi and Musetta.
Recent successes include her interpretation of the role of Lora in Wagner’s rarely heard first opera, Die Feen, under the baton of Marc Minkowski at Theatre du Chatelet, Paris. She returned to the Chatelet for Cronenburg and Shore’s world premiere of The Fly, and later, in the title role of Norma in a long-anticipated new production conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi, for which she was warmly received. Previous engagements include the role of Magda La Rondine and Violetta La Traviata at Sarasota Opera, and Kupava The Snow Maiden for Wexford Festival Opera.
Lina currently lives in Brooklyn (USA).
Ketevan Kemoklidze - opera singer (
Ketevan Kemoklidze (mezzo-soprano) studied at Tbilisi Conservatory and at Teatro alla Scala Academy. She is a winner of Placido Domingo's Operalia and other prestigious competitions. Ketevan has been invited to the world's leading stages: Teatro alla Scala, Covent Graden and Arena di Verona, as well as in Barcelona, Washington, Madrid, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Venice, Palermo, Graz, Toulouse, Turin, Parma, Marseille, Monte Carlo, Montpellier, Santiago, Leipzig, Basel, Thessaloniki, Bilbao and Ancona, and the Wexford and Macerata Festivals. She recently made her outstanding film debut in Carlos Saura’s "Don Giovanni".
Nino Machaidze - opera singer, coloratura soprano (1983 -)
Nino Machaidze began piano and vocal lessons at a school affiliated with her hometown’s State Conservatory when she was seven. Once she “graduated” to the Conservatory itself, her talent developed so significantly that, at just 17, she was assigned Norina in Don Pasquale at Tbilisi’s Paliashvili Theatre. Two other important roles followed, Zerlina and Rosina.
Her successes in those three roles led to a crucial audition – for the world-renowned academy for young artists at La Scala. Chosen from among hundreds of competitors, Machaidze gratefully took every advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to refine her artistry. Living in Milan gave her complete ease in the Italian language, and her studies honed the bel canto style that is second-nature in her performances today. After winning the 2006 Leyla Gencer Vocal Competition, she received an enormous challenge from La Scala – the title role of La fille du régiment. Her reprise of that portrayal at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma led to much “buzz” about a marvelous new soprano. Salzburg was then urgently needing to replace the pregnant Netrebko. A festival official was impressed by Machaidze’s Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at La Scala under Riccardo Chailly, she was engaged as Juliette, and suddenly the pressure of a huge, potentially life-changing debut loomed large.
Tamar Iveri - opera singer, lyrical soprano (1971- )
She was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Her father was singer Avtandil Javakishvili who was also her first teacher. Tamar made her debut in 2011 at the La Scala in Milan, as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni under Daniel Barenboim. She has since performed with the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra Bastille, at the Salzburg Festival. She has sung Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito, Elettra in Idomeneo, Elisabetta in Don Carlos, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Desdemona in Otello, Mimì in La bohème, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and the title roles in Adriana Lecouvreur and Suor Angelica.
Nino Surguladze - opera singer, mezzo soprano (1977 -)
N. Surguladze made her debut at the Gran Theatre de Liceu in Barcelona at the age of 22 as Sonjetka Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. Her other roles at the Liceu have included Federica Luisa Miller opposite Samuel Ramey and Maddalena Rigoletto, a role she has also sung at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and at the Teatro Real in Madrid (with Leo Nucci in the title role). Elsewhere in Spain, Nino had a particular success as Dorabella (opposite Barbara Frittoli) at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia. In the UK, Olga and Dorabella Cosi fan Tutte at Royal Opera House and Clara In Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery at the Glydnebourne Festival, for which she received wide critical acclaim. In Germany she has also sung Sesto La Clemenza di Tito, Niklausse, Carmen and Idamante in Hamburg and Polinesso and Ariodante in Ariodante in Frankfurt. Nino made her debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2009 as Sinaid in Moise et Pharaon (cond. Muti), a role she then sang in Rome. In Tokyo, Ms. Surguladze has sung Suzuki Madama Butterfly, Dorabella and Carmen and, in the USA, Carmen in San Diego and Olga to great acclaim in Chicago.
Teona Dvali - opera singer, soprano (1984 -)
2002-2006 — has successfully finished the conservatoire under Vano Saradgishvili, the faculty of Music Theory (Bachelor’s Degree).
2003-2007 — has finished the faculty of Accademic Singing in the same conservatoire (Bachelor’s Degree).
2007-2009 — has finished the faculty of Accademic Singing (Master’s Degree) in the same conservatoire.
2004 — has performed the part of the First Lady in W.A. Mozart’s opera “Tha Magic Flute” in the conservatoire of Tbilisi.
2005 — has performed the role of Pamina in the same opera of Mozart.
2007 — she has sang the part of Soprano in the vocal cycle of I. Brahms “Liebeslieder”.
2007 — has performed the three Madrigals for Soprano and five instruments of Alfred Shnitke on the modern Music Festival “Contra-point #1” in Tbilisi, Georgia.
2007 — sang the part of Violetta Valery in G. Verdi’s opera “La Traviata” in the Big Hall of the conservatoire of Tbilisi.
2008-2011 — has been a student of World’s famous Soprano Renata Scotto on the courses of perfection “Opera Studio” in the Accademy of Santa Cecilia, Rome, Italy.
2009 — performed the part of Violetta Valery in G. Verdi’s opera “La Traviata” in the national Opera House of Georgia.
2009 — has performed the part of Norina in the opera of G. Donizeeti “Don Pasuqale” at the Opera Theatre of Tbilisi, Georgia.
2010 — won the special prize for best performance of aria Belcanto on the First International singing competition of Arturo Toscanini, Manfredonia, Italy.
2010 — sang the part of Gilda in G. Verdi’s opera “Rigoletto” in the Theatre Traiano, Civitavecchia, Italy.
2010 — won the First prize in the International competition for singers and accompanists “Rolando Nicolosi”, Rome, Italy.
2010 — sang a concert on the Circle of Opera with Young Tenor Giordano Luca’ in Parma, Italy.
2011 — in February has sang the role of Aspasia in the opera of W.A. Mozart “Mitridate, Re di Ponto” (“Mitridate, King of Ponto”) in the Theatre of Rustaveli, conductor — Gianluca Marciano, Tbilisi, Georgia.
2011 — in March has sung the part of Aspasia in the opera of Mozart “Mitridate, Re di Ponto” at Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, Lebanon.
2011 — has made her debut as Gilda in the opera of G. Verdi “Rigoletto” at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2011 — has performed the part of Adina (has changed Anna Netrebko) in the opera of G. Donizetti “Elisir d’amore” the production of Laurent Pelly at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2012 — has performed the role of Lucia In the opera of G. Donizetti “Lucia Di Lammermoor” in the opera theatre of Batumi, Georgia.
2012 — has partecipated in the concert with orchestra of the Ravenna festival.
2013 — sung the role of the Spirit in Henry Percell’s opera “Dido and Eaneas” in the Theatre Ristori, Verona (conductor: Stefano Montanari).
2013 — has sung the role of Gilda in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Rigoletto” in Gdansk, Poland (Foundation of Arena di Verona), conductor : Massimiliano Caldi.
2013 — sung the role of Lucia in Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “Lucia Di Lammermoor” in the big hall of the conservatoire of Tbilisi, Georgia.
2013 — sung three romances by Giuseppe Verdi with ballet in the Theatre Filarmonico, choreographer: Renato Zanella, Verona.
2013 — has sung two concerts of the Tribute to Giuseppe Verdi in Ravenna (Ravenna Festival) and Mirandola, conductor: Riccardo Muti.
2013 — sung concerts of “Cercando Verdi” with ballet at the Theatre Romano, choreographer: Renato Zanella, conductor: Julian Kovatchev, Verona, Italy.
Sofia Koberidze - opera singer, mezzo-soprano
Ms. Sofia Koberidze, mezzo-soprano, was born in Tbilisi (Georgia). He began studying piano as a child, graduating at the musical school in Tbilisi very young with the highest marks. Later he brilliantly graduated singing "School of Talants", preparatory school for entrance to the conservatory and another diploma in hand Dimitri Arakishvili Institute of Tbilisi, always with the highest marks. Later he began to study singing at the State Conservatory of Tbilisi where he received his undergraduate Singing first degree.
Following the assignment of the scholarship, he got a two-year diploma in second level at the Conservatory Vincenzo Bellini in Italy. She debuted in the role of the third lady in the "Magic Flute" and in the role of Cherubino in "The Marriage of Figaro" by Mozart at the Opera Studio of Tbilisi. She has performed in several concerts and recitals for the State Conservatory of Tbilisi. In June of 2012 was winner of the "International Contest Simone Alaimo" for which she debuted in the role of Maddalena in "Rigoletto" by G. Verdi in March of 2013. In April 2013 she was a finalist of the contest "Voices Lyrical 2013-O.M.E.G.A." In Florence. In July 2013 he made his debut as Rosina in the "Barber of Seville" alongside Simone Alaimo for "Opera Festival Mediterranea", which has got a great critical acclaim. In August 2013 he won first prize in the "Bel Canto Vocal Competition" in Austria, with the presence in commission of Christa Ludwig and Kirchlager Angelica, with whom he also won a masterclass.
In September 2013 he was in the "Bellini - Verdi -" the Ancient Theatre of Taormina Wagner Festival alongside Pero Giuliacci and Chiara Taigi. In October 2013 was a finalist in the International Singing Competition "Neue Stimmen" in Germany and made his debut with the role of Lola in "Cavalleria Rusticana" at the Rudolfinum in Prague, invited by ' "Umbria Music Festival." In March 2014 he made his debut at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa with the role of Marcellina in "Le Nozze di Figaro" and the Teatro del Giglio in Lucca with the role of Suzuki in "Madamma Butterfly".He sang in "Westside Story" at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa directed by Wayne Marshall. In June 2014 he made his debut in the role of Rosina always at the Carlo Felice in Genoa, with director Filippo Crivelli.
Since September 2014 is part dell'LTL Opera Studio, with here play the role of Rosina in the following theaters: Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, Teatro Goldoni of Livorno and the Teatro Coccia in Novara. In November 2014 will be Laura in "Luisa Miller" by G. Verdi, Director Battistoni, at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa alongside Leo Nucci, who also will direct. Mozart always debut in 2014 in "Requiem" in Zliín (Czech Republic) with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Prague. In 2015 he sang the role of Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel Opera production at the Teatro Regio in Turin; Dorotea in the production StifFelio Opera by G. Verdi at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
Lisa Batiashvili - violinist (1979 - )
Lisa Batiashvili is one of the world’s most sought-after violinists. She frequently works with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Staatskapelle Berlin, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the major London orchestras. In the US, she performs every season with the New York Philharmonic and regularly returns to the other top orchestras.
Lisa gained international recognition at age 16 as the youngest-ever competitor in the Sibelius Competition, where she took second prize. She was named winner of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival's 2003 Leonard Bernstein Award and was awarded the Beethoven Ring Prize from the Beethoven Festival Bonn.
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.
DAVID MAZANASHVlLI (Jazz piano)
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 - jazz pianist (1996 -)
Beka Gochiashvili was just two and half years old, barely reaching his upright piano claviature, when he suddenly surprised his father by playing some of Scott Joplin’s Ragtime tunes he heard on radio. Then at age 4 he watched Standards II by Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette - the video recording that triggered his devotion and passion for this sophisticated trio and their performance style.
By age five, Beka was playing several piano compositions already. In 2002 Valeri, his father, a musician himself, took him to Zurab Ramishvili, the most prominent jazz piano professor in Georgia. The child’s ability to play a few complicated jazz compositions impressed him. Notwithstanding, he advised them to enroll Beka in classical music classes at a school headed by Tengiz Chitaishvili.
By age nine, Beka began jazz studies under the direction of Zurab Ramishvili. A year later, he was already playing at various jazz clubs in Tbilisi. In 2007, Beka participated in Saulkrasti Jazz Festival in Latvia where his performance skills were highly assessed by Lenny White and Victor Bailey. In the same year he played at the 10th International Festival “Georgians Play Jazz” held in Grand Hall of Tbilisi State Conservatory.
In April 2008, the US Embassy in Tbilisi hosted two State Department sponsored cultural envoys – jazz pianist Dan Tepfer and Joel Harrison, Artistic Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Pianists Association, who performed with Beka. Both of them highly praised Beka’s unique talent.
“Beka is one of the best jazz pianists I’ve heard anywhere,” said Condloleezza Rice, then Secretary of State and an accomplished pianist herself, in her remarks.
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 "
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".
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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Vajha Kalandadze - Guitar (1961 -)
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.
Temur Kvitelashvili - guitar
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”.
Zura Dzagnidze - guitar
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.
Kako Vashalomidze - Guitar
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".
Many of you ask me the web-site address of the Georgian Composers' Union. Unfortunately, they do not have a website. A Facebook page is available. If you wish to contact someone, here is their mail address: Composers’ Union of Georgia.
Mr. Giorgi Shaverzashvili - Chairman (bio)
Mail address: 123 Agmashenebeli Av. Tbilisi 0112. Georgia
Meeting the interest expressed by some of your visitors let me introduce you to the list of Georgian composers. I have some documents in Georgian containing information about their lives, compositions and discography. Since nobody is financing the creation of this website 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 the 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 could provide me with additional information on this issue.
So, dear visitors of this website, any of your help in the creation of this website (donations, documents, advice, information, resources, CDs, vinyl records, etc.) are welcome.
Mr. Kakha Tsabadze - Vice-chairman
Born in Tbilisi (Georgia) on 14 September 1959. Graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory in 1982 composition department (prof. A Balanchivadze class). Was a teacher at the First Music College and at the Palace of Youth. From 1997 up to 2008 served as the Deputy Chairman and from 2008 up to 2017 was the Chairman of the Union of Composers of Georgia, From 2017 he is the Deputy Chairman of the Union of Composers of Georgia.
Dimitri Arakishvili (1873 - 1953)
Composer, folk music collector, public figure, teacher. One of the founders of Georgian professional music. The People's Artist of the 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 the 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 the 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-Andrea Balanchivadzesymphonic 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)
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 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 the 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)
He began his career at the Tbilisi Opera House in 1880. In 1882, he founded a Georgian folk ensemble and organized the first-ever folk concert in Tbilisi in the next year. From 1883 to 1886, he traveled to various parts of Georgia, collecting folk songs and training folk choirs. From 1889 to 1895, he studied at St. Petersburg Conservatory where one of his teachers was the composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Between 1895 and 1917, he toured Russia giving concerts of Georgian folk music. After 1917 he returned to Georgia. He is the author of the first original Georgian opera Tamar the Wily, later renamed into Darejan the Wily —first performed at the Hall of the Russian Nobility Council in 1897 — as well as numerous choral works, as mass, and other church services.
Alexander (Alexandre) Bukia (1906 – 1876)
The People's Artist of the 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,), the musical “Maya Tskhneteli” (1980), choirs. Romances, songs, music for theatre. Author of a handbook on polyphony.
Meri Davitashvili (1924 - 2014)
The People's Artist of the 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 theater and films for children, symphonic music.
Viktor Dolidze (1890 - 1933)
Viktor Dolidze born on July 18, 1890, in Ozurgeti and spent his childhood in Guria (Western region of Georgia). He revealed music abilities at an early age and learned to play guitar and mandolin when he was a child. He was awarded the First prize on the mandolin players competition hold in Tbilisi in 1910. He graduated from Tbilisi commerce college and then the Kyiv (Ukraine) Commerce University. Simultaneously he was taking violin lessons at Kyiv music college from violinist M. Erdenko. He also took the music theory classes.
He returned to Georgia in 1917 and in 1918 he composed his main work, buffo opera Keto and Kote. He also composed operas LEILA (1922) and TSISANA (1929), symphony AZERBAIJAN (1931 – 1932), symphony-fantasy IVERIADA (1925) and a number of romances. He visited some Georgian regions in Ossetia and collected folk songs which he intended to use in his new opera ZAMIRA (1931), but he did not finish it. He died May 25, 1933 in Tbilisi.
Revaz Gabichvadze (1913 – 1999)
The People's Artist of the 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 - )
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia. Composer, piano player. She studied at W. Sarajishvili State Conservatoire, the piano faculty (professor Tina Gogolashvili) and organ faculty (Ethery Mgaloblishvili) classes. Graduated with a diploma of honor. Worked in Tbilisi with Chamber Orchestra (pianist and cembalo player). From 1993 performed as a jazz pianist and composer. Ms. Virsaladze became a laureate of the jazz festival in Novosibirsk (1993). She succeeded in 1995 in Tbilisi Music Festival and International Jazz Festival in Tbilisi (1999). Since 1995 she has been working with her group in "David's jazz-soul club", she also works in Art-club "Gircha”. Ms.Virsaladze regularly participates in jazz concerts. Georgian TV and broadcasting companies often record her compositions.
She paints from 1990. She had solo exhibitions at Museum of Tbilisi history – “Karavan Sarai” (1998, 2000), Arts Salon “Gircha” (1999), Jazz Club “Ati Nati” (2000), Art Club “Lost Paradise” (2001), Art Club “Theater Sailor” (2002). Her works are kept in private collections in Georgia and abroad.
Maya Virsaladze (1971 - )
Nodar Gabunia (1933 – 2000)
The People's Artist of the 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 the 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. Listen to his music
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, concert 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 the 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 symphonies (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 - 2019 )
Born 10 August 1935 in Tbilisi.
Considered as one of the most influential composers of the end of XX and at 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), a 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) (1984)
Evening Prayers, for eight alto voices and chamber orchestra (1991)
Psalm 23, for soprano and chamber orchestra (1993)
Lament, a 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 (2003)
Amao Omi, for SATB choir saxophone quartet (2005)
Archil Kereselidze (1912 – 1971)
The People's Merited Artist of the 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 - 2010)
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 an honorary citizen of Tbilisi (1995). He was Professor of Composition at the Georgian State Conservatory since 1988. He taught composition and instrumentation there since 1963,
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 orchestra, 1986
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)
After graduating from the musical school, Revaz Lagidze entered the Conservatory and was enrolled in Andrea Balanchivadze's class. It was a time of war, a time of hardship. In the morning he played in the Symphony Orchestra and worked at the Radio Committee, while in the afternoon he attended lectures. He won the Chaikovski scholarship. In the Symphony Orchestra, he was an assistant concertmaster. Here he studied reading from a score and orchestral art. Being a first-year student, he wrote music for the string quartet, variations, and two songs.
Revaz Lagidze worshiped folk songs. He said that nothing equal to "Khasanbegura" and "Chakrulo" had ever been created In Georgia. "In spite of the great folk poetry and numerous grand monuments of architecture and monasteries that have been built, I can find nothing comparable with the Georgian song...". And today when all the borders are open when you can say all you have to offer when you are seen and listened to, you tend to think more and more about his words.
He has a unique way of understanding a folk song. Those who have heard "Lile" in Svaneti, "Chakrulo" In Kakheti or "Krimanchuli" in Guria - not in a concert hall but somewhere amidst the nature - at the river bank or at the edge of the forest or even at the Georgian table, will understand why Revaz Lagidze did not want youth to study Georgian folk songs from music and why he himself was always obsessed by wandering or going hiking. "I've never been a great singer but, honestly, I know the songs of almost all parts of Georgia. I've hiked a lot in the broadest sense of the word. I've wandered with a rifle, with a dog, with a fishing net; I've thrown the fishing net into every river of Georgia. I'm crazy about water. I love water desperately, probably because I am Lagidze ..." ("Lagidze" is a surname of a very famous Georgian businessman of the past century who produced very popular soft drinks in Georgia. Nowadays these waters are called "the Lagidze waters").
Alexi Machavariani(1913 - 1995)
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 - )
Nodar MamisashviliN. Mamisashvili graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatory (under Andrea Balanchivadze) in 1956. He has been Professor of Composition at the Conservatory since 1962.
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 from 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 Diary, 1979
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
Mamuka Megrelishvili (1967 - )
Shalva Mshvelidze (1904 – 1984)
The People's Artist of the 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 poem “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)
Sulkhan Nasidze (1927 - 1996) was one of Georgia's leading composers. A teacher and a prominent figure in public life he holds the chair of the composition at the Tbilisi State Conservatory; he is also chairman of the Georgian Composers' Union, a People's Artist of Georgia and holder of the Shota Rustaveli Prize. His major works include eight symphonies, the ballets Orpheus and Eurydice and King Lear, concertos and a large number of chamber works, including five string quartets.
Dedicated to the memory of Sulkhan Tsintsadze and subtitled "Con Sordino" - the outer sections are performed with muted strings — Nasidze's Fifth Quartet of 1992, though written in one uninterrupted movement, nevertheless is of perceptibly tripartite structure. The first and third episodes are linked by a recitative-like theme played on the viola, whilst the overall narrative mood of meditation is underscored by special harmonic thinking that creates the effect of "weightlessness", of "unsupportedness". The middle episode, by dint of the richness of its dynamics, serves as a contrast to the two outer sections, whilst the third and final episode is again of an elegiac mood, though, unlike the opening episode, immanent with hidden anxiety.
Tsintsadze's quartet miniatures, composed at different points in his life, are exemplary transcriptions of Georgian folk tunes, where the composer skillfully carries the polyphonic structure of folksongs over into the quartet mode, whether it be in the lyrical Indi Mindi, Suliko, Sisatura or the humorous Tsoli Gamididgulda (A Nagging Wife), or where, as with Sachidao (the tune that accompanies sports competitions) or Mtskemsuri (Shepherd's Dance), he creates masterfully written sketches of folk scenes, imitating the harmonic colors of folk instruments.
Sulkhan Nasidze was one of Georgia's leading composers. A teacher and a prominent figure in public life: People's Artist of Georgia (1980) and holder of the Shota Rustaveli Prize (1973). His major works include eight symphonies (1957 - 1992), 2 concertos for piano (1955, 1961), concertos for violin (1968) and for two violins (1979), for violin and cello (1982), for fagot (1994). He is the author of 5 string quartets (1968 - 1992), 2 trios for piano (1960 - 1995), vocal cycle "From Georgian Poetry" (1969), oratory "chemo samshoblo" (My Motherland, 1967), the ballets Orpheus and Eurydice (1973) and King Lear.
Levan Paliashvili (1895 – 1976)
Composer. Music historian, teacher. The People's Artist of the 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)
Z. Paliashvili was born on 16 August 1871 in Kutaisi. His first tutor was his brother Ivan, who later became a conductor. Paliashvili moved to Tbilisi in 1887 as a chorister in the St. Mary Assumption Catholic Church of Tbilisi, eventually entering the music school there, studying French horn and composition. During 1900-1903, he studied composition under Sergei Taneyev at the Moscow Conservatory. Upon returning to his native land, Paliashvili began to play a strong role in developing national music in Georgia. He collected Georgian folk songs, co-founded the Georgian Philharmonic Society, and became head of the Tbilisi Conservatory.
Paliashvili composed works for symphony orchestra (e.g., Georgian Suite on Folk Themes), but is probably best known for his vocal music, which includes choruses and songs. His major works in this regard are the operas Abesalom da Eteri (Absalom and Eteri) (premiered 1919, although a version of Act III was performed in 1913; based on a folk tale "Eteriani"), Daisi (Twilight) (1923), and Latavra (1927).
Alexander Shaverzashvili (1919 - 2003)
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. He 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)
Otar Taktakishvili graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatory, while still a student he composed the official anthem of the Georgian SSR. By 1949 he became a Professor of the Tbilisi Conservatory and the conductor and the artistic director of the Georgian State chorus. In 1951 he received his first Stalin Prize (USSR State Prize) for his First Symphony. In 1962, Taktakishvili became Chairman of the Georgian Composers' Union; and in 1965 the Minister for Culture of the Georgian Republic.
He was awarded the title of People's Artist of the USSR in 1974, the Lenin Prize in 1982, and the USSR State Prize in 1951, 1952 and 1967.
Taktakishvili's works include operas, two symphonies, four piano concertos, two violin concertos, and two cello concertos, the symphonic poem Mtsyri and the oratorios In the Steps of Rustaveli and Nikoloz Baratashvili. Probably his best-known work in the West is his sonata for flute and piano.
Davit (Guguli) Toradze (1922 – 1983)
The People's Artist of the Republic of Georgia honorary title holder (1982). He 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 symphonies (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 – 1986)
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 than 200 songs, music for films (Melodies of Vera District” by G. Shengelaya, 1972).
Sulkhan Tsintsadze (1925 - 1992)
He began his musical career in the 1940s as the cellist in the Georgian State String Quartet. His first composition, based on Georgian folk songs and is a collection of miniatures for string quartet, was an immediate success. He also wrote several operas, ballets, symphonies, and concertos, but it was his compositions for string quartet which came to take pride of place amongst his works and which made a notable contribution to Georgian music. Tsintsadze's compositions are based on the traditional forms as well as styles and characteristics used by composers such as Shostakovich and Shebalin. Georgian folklore is ever-present in his music.
Sulkhan Tsintsadze was one of Georgia's leading composers. He was awarded the People's Artist of Georgia (1961) and People's Artist of the USSR (1987) titles and was a holder of the USSR Stalin Prize (1950), Shota Rustaveli Prize (1981), Z. Paliashvili Prize (1977).
Iona Tuskia (1901 – 1963)
The People's Artist of the 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), a 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).