The most celebrated contemporary Georgian musicians and performers
04 September, 2017
The most celebrated contemporary Georgian musicians and performers
Georgia has a rich in musical culture that counts over centuries. The fact that many prominent representatives of Georgian musical scene are internationally recognized serves as a proof to that.

Georgians sing almost at any occasion and it is not a surprise that singing and music helped them to get through the times of hardship. At present Georgia boasts many talented musicians who represent our country at the international scene at best. They are recognized and appreciated not only in
their homeland, but internationally as well.

Here would like to introduce to you the most successful and renowned Georgian musicians and singers who perform at most prestigious scenes.

Khatia Buniatishvili

Khatia Buniatishvili is an outstanding Georgian pianist. She is famous not only because of her great talent and distinctive playing technique, but of her unconscious beauty characteristic for typical Georgian woman as well.
geotv.ge
Her talent is expressed not only in music, but in languages as well. She speaks five languages fluently: Georgian, French, English, German and Russian.

Khatia Buniatishvili began studying piano at the age of three. She gave her first concert with the Chamber Orchestra in Tbilisi at the age of six. From the age of ten she gave concerts in Europe, Ukraine, Armenia, Israel and the USA. She graduated from the Tbilisi Central Music School, then entered the Tbilisi State Conservatory in 2004.

Buniatishvili has performed with other world’s leading orchestras, the Orchestre de Paris under Paavo Järvi, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France under Daniele Gatti and the Philharmonic Orchestra in London. She has also performed chamber music with musicians including Gidon Kremer and Renaud Capuçon.

In 2010 she received the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, and was included in the BBC series New Generation Artists. The Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus nominated her as Rising Star for the 2011–12 seasons, and in 2012 she was awarded Best Newcomer of the Year in the Echo Klassik awards.

Khatia Buniatishvili worked together with Coldplay, popular British rock band, on their album called Kaleidoscope. After their collaboration the rock band expressed their gratitude to her for the cooperation. Coldplay thanked Khatia publicly on its official Facebook page: “Thank you Khatia Buniatishvili for gracing our album with your magical piano-playing at the beginning of Kaleidoscope.”

As a reminder, Khatia Buniatishvili will be the main performer at the concert in Tsinandali, Kakheti, on September 14th. The classical music evening will be held in Aleksandre Chavchavadze’s house museum, in the newly built amphitheater,that has the capacity of 1000 guests. Khatia Buniatishvili will deliver concert together with Maestro Zubin Mehta and Israeli Philarmonic Orchestra.

Nino Surguladze

Nino Surguladze is a world-famous Georgian mezzo-soprano. Referred to as “Penélope Cruz of the opera” by the media and often compared to Audrey Hepburn and Anna Magnani. Nino is one of the leading mezzo-sopranos of modern generation, admired for her warm and velvety voice, incisive musicianship, excellent acting abilities, notable stage presence, and charm.
geotv.ge
Nino Surguladze’s discography to date counts nine titles and includes recordings of live performances from Milan, Barcelona, Glyndebourne, Verona, and Macerata.
Surguladze’s future engagements include: Romeo (role debut) in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Bergen, Marguerite in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust in Liège, and Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen at the New Zealand Opera on tour in Wellington, Christchurch, and Auckland.

In 2010, she was awarded the Presidential Order of Excellence by Mikheil Saakashvili (the third President of Georgia for two consecutive terms from 25 January 2004 to 17 November 2013).

In 2015, Italian President made a decision to grant Nino Surguladze the Star of Italy title. This honorary title is given to a person who makes great contribution to the development of friendly relationships between Italy and other countries.

On December 8, Antonio Enrico Bartoli, the Ambassador of Italy to Georgia, presented Nino Surguladze, with the title during the official reception at his residence. This was a surprise made by the Italian Embassy.

In spring 2016, for the role of Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco that she performed at the Arena di Verona, Surguladze was awarded the GBOSCAR of the 2014-2015 opera season in the category of the best mezzo-soprano.

Katie Melua

Ketevan "Katie" Melua (born 16 September 1984) is a Georgian singer, songwriter and musician. She moved to Northern Ireland at the age of eight and then to England when she was fourteen. Melua made her musical debut in 2003. In 2006, she was the United Kingdom's best-selling female artist and Europe's highest selling European female artist.
geotv.ge
Katie Melua has been compared to such female musical legends such as Joss Stone and Norah Jones. Her blend of jazz and blues styles, filtered through a folk acoustic guitar, has been making waves around the world.

In November 2003, at the age of nineteen, Melua released her first album, Call Off The Search, which reached the top of the United Kingdom album charts and sold 1.8 million copies in its first five months of release.

Her second album, Piece By Piece, was released in September 2005 and to date has gone platinum four times.

Melua released her third studio album Pictures in October 2007.

As it is widely known, Katie Melua is the favorite singer of England’s queen Elizabeth II. When they met each other in 2003, Queen Elizabeth told her, “I have heard your record on the radio; it is very nice.”

Beka Gochiashvili

Beka Gochiashvili is an amazingly talented 21-years-old prodigy jazzman and pianist-improvisator from Tbilisi, Georgia. He has lived and performed in New York over last several years.
geotv.ge
He started playing piano at the age of three. When Beka was 10-years-old, he was already playing in different jazz clubs. Since 2008, he has been studying in the ART School of the US Juilliard Academy with Frank Kimbrough and taking private classes with Fred Hersch and Danilo Pérez.

Beka has taken part in many jazz festivals throughout Georgia and United States. In 2015, he held a charity concert in Tbilisi to help the victims of the flooding.
The most important international awards of Beka are as follows:

2008 - Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), I Prize
2007 - The Festival of the Saulkrasti (Latvia), Laureate
2004 - Classical Music Festival (Germany) 

Mr. Gochiashvili has played a few times at Birdland and the Blue Note, and competed well in the 2011 Thelonious Monk Piano Competition.

Nicolas Namoradze

Young Georgian prodigious pianist Nicolas Namoradze’s exceptional talent is spreading as fast as his fingers run on a piano. Although, the Georgian born gifted musician is only 24 years old, his name is already known to the classical music enthusiasts around the globe.
geotv.ge
Apart from being a genius performer, Nicolas is a progressive composer who gets inspiration from black holes, gravitational waves and Einstein’s special theory of relativity.

The musician, who has delivered concerts in many prestigious venues in various countries and received wave of applauses, has been featured by such famous publications as New York Times and Wall Street Journal. His performances have been hailed by critics as “sparkling… sensitive and coloristic” (New York Times) and “simply gorgeous” (Wall Street Journal). “I must admit, never have I heard such a Liszt B-minor Sonata as I did from Nicolas Namoradze. It’s not only due to the technical perfection, but more importantly to the strength of the conception … and the sheer level of artistic realization that I take my hat off to him” – This is how outstanding composer Zoltán Kocsis describes Georgian pianist.

Paata Burchuladze

Paata Burchuladze (born on 12 February 1955) is a Georgian operatic bass. After his debut in his native Tbilisi in 1976, he embarked on a 35-year-long musical career during which he made appearances at leading opera houses across Europe and the United States. Through his foundation, he became involved in children charity in Georgia in 2004.
geotv.ge
He graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatoire and continued his studies at the Bolshoi School. He made a student debut in Tbilisi in 1976 and then took part in several singing competitions.

During his career, which spanned more than three decades, Burchuladze made appearances across the world's leading opera houses. He debuted at the Covent Garden in 1984 as Ramfis (Aida) and then appeared as Don Basilio (The Barber of Seville), Khan Konchak (Prince Igor), Boris Godunov, and the Inquisitor (Fiery Angel). His United States debut was at Philadelphia, in 1987, as Boris. He also sang Basilio, Boris, and the Commendatore (Don Giovanni) at the Metropolitan.
His other notable roles are Silva (Ernani), Ficso (Simon Boccanegra), Philip II, Boito's Mcfistofele, and Dosifey (Khovanshchina). Additionally, he also made several recordings.

Burchuladze has also been described by classical music critics as acting "sly, gravelly", being "imposing", and "wonderfully menacing". The singer announced he was leaving music to focus on his new political career in May 2016.

Temur Kvitelashvili

Temur Kvitelashvili is a famous Georgian guitarist. He started to learn how to play the guitar independently, at the age of 11.
geotv.ge
He studied different musical styles including classics, jazz, rock, popular music, flamenco, as well as his native traditional Georgian national music.

Temur was the first guitarist in Georgia, who started to make arrangement and transposition for a guitar of Georgian classics and Georgian modern music. Also he has made much transposition for a guitar of world classics and compositions of the most miscellaneous styles.

In 1994 at the International Competition of the Guitarists in Hollywood, he was named as "the Best Guitarist of Year" in nomination "Fusion".

After competition in Hollywood, Temur gained more and more success. He performed together with the American guitarist - virtuoso Michael Angelo. In 1996 he was named as "The Best Instrumentalist of Georgia ".

In 1998, Temur Kvitelashvili was the first Georgian guitarist, who gave the biggest solo guitar concert at the Georgian Philharmonic Music hall.

Related stories:

Top Georgian songs of all time

Great Georgian composer Gia Kancheli


“Beyoncé of Piano” - Georgian pianist on her collaboration with Coldplay at France24
Print
Other Stories
Ari Roland Jazz Quartet’s online video concert for Georgia
Ari Roland Jazz Quartet held a special online concert for the Georgian people under courtesy of the US embassy in Tbilisi.
Classic British suits made in Georgia
Classic suits and outfit are yet again becoming trendy worldwide and Georgia, of course, is not excluded.
Georgian national ballet holds online lessons amid lockdown
Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet started giving lessons online after the group’s popular dance schools closed their doors due to the coronavirus, Reuters reports.
Exclusive interview with Aurélia Thierrée, Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter
Aurélia Thierrée is the daughter of Victoria Chaplin and Jean-Baptiste Thierrée and the sister of James Thierrée. She is the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin and Oona O'Neill.
Lithuanian Library Advices To Watch Georgian Movies While In Self-isolation
A library in Lithuanian city of Klaipeda advices readers to watch Georgian movies. Their call was also posted on Facebook page.
Georgian Films Being Screened in Strasbourg
Georgian movies are being screened in Strasbourg to mark the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
The Art Life of Brother Valetovs
Brother Valetovs, Temo, and Anzor are self-taught artists
Georgian Eurovision 2020 Contestant Releases a Music Video
The music video of the Georgian contestant on Eurovision Tornike Kipiani was published yesterday on Youtube
Georgian Artist's Phenomenal Work
Guram Dolenjashvili is a Georgian artist who has been working overseas for 20 years
R.O x Konoba's New Music Video Shot In Georgia
The famous Belgian duet R.O x Konoba releases a music video shot in Georgia
Celebrate Mother's Day at Courtyard by Marriott Tbilisi Hotel
Celebrate this wonderful day with you beloved children at Courtyard by Marriott Tbilisi Hotel!
Levan Gelbakhiani receives European Shooting Stars Award
The main actor in the movie "And Then We Danced", Levan Gelbakhiani received the European Shooting Stars Award 2020 on February 24 at Berlin International Film Festival
“Georgians for Georgia” - Campaign initiated by “Kart-Valley Corporation”
“Georgians for Georgia” is a Campaign initiated by “Kart-Valley Corporation”, which serves to select and gather Brand Ambassadors from all over the world.
"New museum in Georgia uses technology to bring art to life"-Euronews
Recently Euronews has published an article about the new Museum of Holograms, called Holoseum, in Tbilisi
Georgian-Born Singer Beloved Artist of Azerbaijan
PalitraNews publishes an interview with Georgian-born singer in Azerbaijan, Manana Japharidze
"Georgian Wine is a Great Discovery"- Andrew Jefford
Georgian wine producers participated in the international wine and spirits exhibition held in Paris, France.
Apollo Magazine about State Silk Museum Tbilisi
The English language monthly magazine Apollo covering visual arts of all periods from antiquity to present day publishes an article about the State Silk Museum in Tbilisi.
"The film has certainly picked up acclaim"-Vogue about "And Then We Danced"
Fashion and lifestyle magazine Vogue publishes an article about the Swedish-Georgian movie titled "And Then We Danced" directed by Levan Akin.
Shopping Hotspot in Barcelona Created by Georgian Designer
Metal Magazine publishes an article about a shopping hotspot Darial created by a Georgian fashion designer Djaba Diassamidze, who has also established his own atelier there.
Georgian Actress taking part in New York play festival
According to Georgian media holding Kvira Georgian actress, Anna Cherkezishvili participated in New York ten minute play-festival.
Tbilisi takes third place in the best destinations of Europe 2020
Tbilisi, the capital city of Georga took third place in the international competition "The Best Destinations of Europe 2020."
Story of Winery that received first Bio Certificate in Georgia
It is said Iago’s Wine is one of the few wines which makes you admit that wine can be red, white, pink and now amber as well.
New virus is to strengthen our faith, says Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia
"A new virus has emerged and many people are scared of this virus. Some have called it the "deadly virus."
Top 5 must-listen Georgian folk songs
The folk music of Georgia consists of at least fifteen regional styles. Georgian folk music is predominantly vocal and is widely known for its rich traditions of vocal polyphony
Hotel Heritage Hotel & Suites opens in Tbilisi
Hotel Heritage Hotel & Suites was opened in Tbilisi, Saint-Petersburg street 6.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
29.09.2020
30.09.2020
USD
1
USD
3.3203
3.3203
EUR
1
EUR
3.8708
3.8708
GBP
1
GBP
4.2819
4.2819
RUB
100
RUB
4.2140
4.2140
Other Stories
The success story of Georgian musicians goes beyond the country’s borders.
Gelati Monastery, a medieval monastic complex near Kutaisi, in the Imereti region of western Georgia,
Georgian Prima Balerina Nino Ananiashvili will perform the main part in Romeo and Juliet
Promising Georgian actor Irakli Kvirikadze has been featured in a trailer
National Georgian Ballet Sukhishvili (also known as Sukhishvilebi) have recently presented their new program
The European Film Promotion (EFP) presented the 10 best emerging actors from Europe
It is an ancient tradition in Georgia, yet very alive.
My Georgian Reality is the illustration series inspired by everyday life.
Many distinguished persons such as Alexandre Dumas, Knut Hamsun traveled to Tbilisi and were captivated by its diversity and beauty.
Georgia’s latest and one of the most successful Georgian films My Happy Family is already available on Netflix.
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
3.3203
EUR
1
EUR
3.8708
GBP
1
GBP
4.2819
RUB
100
RUB
4.2140