Tbilisi Chamber Orchestra – Chamber, Symphonic and Baroque Music
18 March, 2013
Tbilisi Chamber Orchestra  – Chamber, Symphonic  and Baroque Music
Back in 1964, Georgian State Chamber Orchestra was founded. Since then, it had several directors and conductors. In 1991, under the leadership of outstanding Georgian female violinist Liana Isakadze, they went to Germany where they still work. Just 5 years ago, Tbilisi State Chamber Orchestra – Georgian Sinfonietta was founded under the patronage of Sandra Elisabeth Roelofs, the First Lady of Georgia, and the Ministry of Culture of Georgia. Georgian Journal met with its Director Constantine Kasradze to learn about
their present-day activities.
G.J: What has changed after re-branding? 
C.K: We are Tbilisi State Chamber Orchestra; Georgian State Chamber Orchestra was re-founded by Liana Isakadze in 2000, but today it does not exist. It was supposed to be operating under the aegis of Tbilisi Music Center. Our orchestra is organized in the same way as Georgian Chamber Orchestra – two groups of violins, group of alts, that of cellos and a contrabass. 
G.J: What are the venues of your performance? 
C.K: The orchestra regularly holds concerts in the best halls of Tbilisi, as well as in different regions of Georgia: Batumi, Kutaisi, Chiatura, Borjomi, Gori, Rustavi, Bolnisi, Signagi, Telavi. Georgian Sinfonietta participates in different festivals: Tbilisi Wind Festival, Tbilisi Chamber Music Festival, Telavi Music International Festival, New Year Music Celebrations, From Easter to Ascension, Autumn Tbilisi. Together with the Tbilisi Wind Festival Georgian Sinfonietta established a Chiatura Music Academy.
G.J: What is your repertoire? 
C.K: As all sinfonettas, we perform chamber plays as well as symphonic plays. Since 2009, Georgian Sinfonietta regularly holds concerts at different foreign halls such as Konzerthaus Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Grand hall of Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Munchen… The orchestra closely collaborates with festivals in Germany: Young Euro Classic, Opernfestival Gut Immling. Since 2012, Georgian Sinfonietta performs also as the baroque orchestra. It is the first baroque orchestra in the whole Caucasian region.
G.J: Could we say something about your success abroad?
C.K: On May 1, 2011, the concert delivered by the orchestra was recorded by French music television channel “MEZZO”, which is the outstanding TV channel in Europe. This is unprecedented event for the Caucasus.
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