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EVGENI MIKELADZE GEORGIAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA 
GEORGIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WAS OFFICIALLY ESTABLISHED IN 1925 AND ITS FIRST ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR WAS IVANE PALIASHVILI. IN 1933 THE ORCHESTRA WAS AWARDED WITH THE STATE STATUS AND ITS PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR BECAME EVGENI MIKELADZE - LEGENDARY CONDUCTOR, WHO WAS A VICTIM OF 1937 REPRESSIONS. IN 1971 GEORGIAN STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WAS AWARDED WITH THE STATUS OF HONORED ORCHESTRA AND IN 1994 - IT WAS NAMED AFTER EVGENI MIKELADZE. 
AT DIFFERENT TIMES THE ORCHESTRA WAS DIRECTED BY THE CONDUCTORS: ALEKSANDRE GVELESIANI, GRIGOL KILADZE, ALEKSANDR GAUK, SHALVA AZMAIPARASHVILI, ODISSEY DIMITRIADI, JEMAL GOKIELI, ZAKARIA KHURODZE, JANSUGH KAKHIDZE, DAVID DEL PINO KLINGE, VAKHTANG MATCHAVARIANI; ALSO, MUSIC DIRECTORS: COMPOSERS ANDRIA BALANCHIVADZE AND ALEXI MATCHAVARIANI. 
IN 2005 GEORGIAN STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, TOGETHER WITH OTHER STATE STATUS COLLECTIVES, WAS UNITED IN NEWLY ESTABLISHED GEORGIA NATIONAL MUSIC CENTER AND 25 YEARS OLD COMPOSER NIKOLOZ RACHVELI WAS INVITED FROM VIENNA UNIVERSITY OF MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS AS AN ARTISTIC DIRECTOR. FROM 2007 HE HAS COMBINED THE POSITION OF PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR OF THE ORCHESTRA. 
THE ORCHESTRA HAS IMPLEMENTED LOTS OF SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCES. AMONG THEM ARE CONCERT TOURS ABROAD IN VARIOUS WORLDWIDE FAMOUS VENUES, SUCH AS THE MOSCOW CONSERVATORY GRAND HALL, BERLIN PHILHARMONIC CONCERT HALL, AMSTERDAM CONZERTGEBAU, ATHENS AND FRANKFURT CONCERT HALLS, PARIS LES INVALIDS, PIERRE CARDIN CENTER, UNESCO HALL & SALLE PLEYEL, ST. PETERSBURG SCHOSTAKOVICH PHILHARMONIC HALL, ETC. 
DURING 92 YEARS OF ITS EXISTENCE, THE ORCHESTRA’S REPERTOIRE INCLUDES ALL THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES OF THE GEORGIAN SYMPHONY MUSIC AND NUMEROUS MASTERPIECES OF THE WORLD’S SYMPHONY AND OPERA MUSIC. THE ORCHESTRA IS THE FIRST PERFORMER PRACTICALLY OF ALL IMPORTANT NATIONAL SYMPHONY MUSIC PIECES, AS WELL AS PERFORMS GEORGIAN PREMIERES BY NUMEROUS FOREIGN COMPOSERS.
IN 2013, DUE TO THE REFORM AT THE NATIONAL MUSIC CENTER OF GEORGIA, THE YOUNG TALENTED MUSICIANS OF THE NEW GENERATION, SUCCESSFULLY PERFORMED IN THE VARIOUS ORCHESTRAS OF GEORGIA AND ABROAD, JOINED THE EVGENI MIKELADZE GEORGIAN STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. THEREAFTER THE RENEWED ORCHESTRA IS CALLED GEORGIAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AND THE OUTSTANDING GEORGIAN MUSICIANS: GIYA KANCHELI, ALEXANDER TORADZE, PAATA BURCHULADZE, JOSEF BARDANASHVILI AND SHALVA MOSIDZE WERE ELECTED AS AN ARTISTIC COUNCIL OF THE NATIONAL MUSIC CENTER OF GEORGIA. IN THE SAME YEAR, GEORGIAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA BECAME THE INITIATOR OF THE HISTORIC REFORM IN GEORGIA, THE RESULT OF WHICH IS A RIGHT - GIVEN TO THE MUSICIANS TO CHOOSE ITS CREATIVE DIRECTOR (BEFORE THIS POSITION WAS APPOINTED BY THE GEORGIAN MINISTER OF CULTURE). IN DECEMBER 2013, MAESTRO NIKOLOZ RACHVELI WAS CHOSE AS AN ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR OF THE EVGENI MIKELADZE GEORGIAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AND THE ORCHESTRA CONTINUES SUCCESSFUL CONCERT ACTIVITIES WITH THE WORLDWIDE GEORGIAN AND FOREIGN MUSICIAN-PERFORMERS.

Giya Kancheli

Composer


Alexander Toradze

Pianist


Paata Burchuladze

Opera Singer


Josef Bardanashvili

Composer


Shalva Mosidze

Choirmaster


Nikoloz Rachveli

MUSIC DIRECTOR AND PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR

Music Director and Principal Conductor of Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra, Laureate of the Rustaveli Prize
His first teachers - Lili Gabunia and Mikheil Shughliashvili have contributed much for his music education. In 2005 he has graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatoire Composition Department under direction of Georgian composer Bidzina Kvernadze. In 1999-2003 studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. Nikoloz Rachveli has passed master classes with such composers, as Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, Michael Jarrell, etc. 
In the various years he has collaborated with the Opera and Ballet State Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra, Rijeka Opera Symphony Orchestra and Choir (Croatia), Ingolstadt Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Parnu Symphony Orchestra (Estonia), State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Moscow Symphony Orchestra MCO (Russia), Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine), Kremerata Baltica, Georgian State String Quartet, Tbilisi Opera Choir, Batumi State Music Center Choir, Kutaisi State Opera Theatre C​​​​​​​hoir, Children's Choir Schedrik (Ukraine). . . composers and musician-performers: Alexander Toradze, Liana Isakadze, Paata Burchuladze, Marine Iashvili, Nodar Gabunia, Bidzina Kvernadze, Jansug Kakhidze, Nodar Mamisashvili, Natela Svanidze, Josef Bardanashvili, Vazha Azarashvili, Tigran Mansurian, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Michel Legrand, Kim Kashkashian, Nino Ananiashvili, Khatia Buniatishvili, Lisa Batiashvili, Sting, Yuri Bashmet, David Geringas, Gidon Kremer, Alexander Korsantia, Michele Crider, Dudana Mazmanishvili, Katia Ricciarelli, Giuseppe Giacomini, Lado Ataneli, Makvala Kasrashvili, Anita Rachvelishvili, Nino Machaidze, Tamar Iveri, Giorgi Gagnidze, Iano Tamar, Katia Skanavi, Alexander Markovich, Valerian Shiukashvili, Maxim Risanov, Giorgi Zagareli, Andres Mustonen, Giorgi Kharadze, Ariel Zuckermann, Sergei Nakariakov, Rusher Saxophone Quartet, Federico Mondelci, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, Avi Avitali, Chris Botti, Nani Bregvadze, Nato Metonidze, Nino Katamadze and many others. 
His music was performed at the Carnegie Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Petersburg and Kiev Philharmonies, etc. His recent vocal-instrumental piece "The Rest is Silence", dedicated to the world known Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili was premiered at the Teatro alla Scala in December 2016. Nikoloz Rachveli is the founder of the Contemporary Music Festival KONTRAPUNKT, an original concept of which is a meeting of a Georgian and foreign composer’s pieces of various genres. He closely cooperates with the Georgian composers. An exclusive place in the creative life of Nikoloz Rachveli belongs to Giya Kancheli and his works. During the last years, the young conductor is the first performer of Kancheli’s pieces with the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra in Georgia. Nikoloz has conducted the premiere of Gyia Kancheli’s “Angels of Sorrow" first at the Kronberg Festival and in a few days at the Berlin Philharmonic; Kancheli’s "Little Imber" and "Amao Omi", conducted by Nikoloz Rachveli, was recorded in UK by MATRIX Chamber Orchestra, London and published by ECM records. Nikoloz Rachveli is an initiator of a historic reform in Georgia, the result of which is a right which is given to the musicians of the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra to choose their Creative Directors. Before these positions were appointed by Minister of Culture. For nowadays, Nikoloz Rachveli is the first elected Music Director and Principal Conductor in Georgia.


Georgian Strings

THE YOUNG MUSICIANS OF GEORGIAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA HAVE ESTABLISHED STRING ORCHESTRA IN JULY, 2015. THE PRESENTATION OF GEORGIAN STRINGS TOOK PLACE IN BRUSSELS PALAIS DE BEAUX ARTS - BOZAR, BELGIUM, IN THE FRAME OF THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT-SERIES OF WORLDWIDE GEORGIAN COMPOSER - GIYA KANCHELI. IN 2016, GEORGIAN STRINGS WERE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE AT THE AL BUSTAN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, WHERE THEY PERFORMED SEVERAL VERY SUCCESSFUL CONCERTS.
GEORGIAN STRINGS COLLABORATE WITH THE FAMOUS GEORGIAN AND FOREIGN MUSICIAN-PERFORMERS, AMONG THEM: LISA BATIASHVILI, ALEXANDER TORADZE, ANITA RACHVELISHVILI, RENAUD CAPUCON, SACHA SOUMM, VICTOR JULIEN-LAFERRIERE, NIKOLOZ RACHVELI, GIANLUCA MARCIANO, VAKHTANG MATCHAVARIANI, MARIO STEFANO PIETRODARCHI, LUCA LUCINI, YURY REVICH, GIORGI ZAGARELI, LEVAN TSKHADADZE, ETC.

Georgian Brass

Georgian Brass was founded by a group of outstanding young musicians. The goal of the ensemble is to promote brass music in Georgia and reach wide audiences. Georgian Brass regularly participates in the various festivals in Georgia and has concert tours abroad. The musicians of Georgian Brass have developing careers, are attending master classes of the famous brass players, playing in the various orchestras as an invited musicians, appear as a soloists and perform chamber music.
For nowadays the musicians of Georgian Brass are the members of Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra and have successful concert seasons organized by the National Music Center of Georgia

GEORGIAN STATE STRING QUARTET

Sulkhan Tsintsadze Georgian State String Quartet, consisting of Konstantin Vardeli, Tamaz Batiashvili, Nodar Zhvania and Otar Chubinishvili, is the most well-known professional music collective of our country. It was created in 1966. The high professionalism of the each soloist of the Quartet, brilliant performing skill and the vivid individualism, connected with the National Music Roots - ensured the big success of the ensemble and the recognition of the virtuosos in their own and many foreign countries. From 1973, when the ensemble became the Laureate of Leo Vainer International Quartet Competition in Budapest (First and Special Prizes for the best performing of the Contemporary Music) their performing life represents the continuous link of concerts, radio and TV programs, concert-tours and recordings. Georgian musicians are systematically invited for the participation at the various prestigious International Festivals. Their activity is highly appreciated in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Italy… and of course in Germany, where the ensemble acted during the years. The rich performing repertoire of the Quartet includes the masterpieces of National and World Music. The Quartets of SulkhanTsintsadze, Sulkhan Nasidze, Nodar Gabunia, Ioseb Bardanashvili were created especially for them. In 1991 the Quartet was named after SulkhanTsintsadze. For the concert activities and creative achievement in the field of Quartet Art the collective was conferred with the Paliashvili Award (1975) and Rustaveli Premium (1992), the dignities of People’s Artists of Georgia (1980), Orders of Honour (2001). In 2006 by the initiative of Georgia National Music Center the Quartet finally returned from Germany and continues the active creative and pedagogical activities in its own Country