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Vajha Kalandadze - Guitar (1961 -)

Vajha Kalandadze

Born in 1961 in Tbi1isi, Georgia.

His repertoire includes the works of Classical, Spanish, Latin American, Georgian, and 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 the 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 KvitelashviliTemur Kvitelashvili - guitar

In 1994 at the International Guitar Competition held in Hollywood, CA.

Allan Holdsworth named him 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 took part in the project Acoustic Guitar Experiment. Since that time he has been a participant in various festivals in Georgia: "Amma", "Hands" and "Margarita".

In the pop music festival "Lira 96" as a member of the band AFTERNOON VERSION he was awarded three nominations: "Best Group", "Best Arrangement" and "Best

Live Performance” and won the 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, and blues. K. Vashalomidze effectively uses intonations and tunes of Georgian folk music. Being a professional engineer he successfully gets the necessary original sounds. Since 1996 he has played with various well-known bands and musicians, he is a composer in "Georgian Film Co.", and 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", and "From Retro to Rock".