The Most Acknowledged Georgian Musicians

Georgia is a country with a very old, highly developed musical culture. In Georgia, music and singing has played a very important role since ancient times. Georgian instrumentals and performance has absorbed its national traditions and here are five of the top performers and composers who continue that tradition.

Khatia Buniatishvili

SIBELIUS Violin Concerto●bis | L.Batiashvili, OS.Cecilia, A.Pappano | video 2015 ®

The outstanding Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili is recognizable not only because of her perfect technique, irresistible emotion in the music and works of great virtuosity she performs, but also because of her beauty and femininity. Khatia Buniatishvili  is deeply convinced that one of the sources of her musicality and artistic nature is Georgian traditional music, emotionally rich and generous. Thanks to this music, she learned to express warmth, sadness, and melancholy across the piano keys.

Lisa Batiashvili

SIBELIUS Violin Concerto●bis | L.Batiashvili, OS.Cecilia, A.Pappano | video 2015 ®

Appreciated by both the public and her fellow musicians for her virtuosity, Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili is one of the most requested violinists in the world. She says that during her childhood she learned to play violin by imitating her father’s pupils. Lisa’s one of the most remarkable performances, among others, stays concerto Broken Chant, composed by Giya Kancheli and interpreted  by Lisa Batiashvili and her husband the well known french oboist François Leleux in february 2008 in London with BBC Symphony Orchestra

Beka Gochiashvili

The Chick Corea Trio with Christian McBride and Brian Blade. Special Guest Beka Gochiashvili

«Beka Gochiashvili is a brilliant young piano prodigy. You’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the next few years. » – Chick Corea, 2010. The 20 years old Georgian musician became the master of jazz in a very early age. The most accurate assessment of  Beka’s talent and creativity can be heard from his former idols and currently  his own colleagues, the most internationally renowned jazz musicians.  Gochiashvili’s musical talent is based on improvisation, great sense of swing, and unusual courage. Beka fell in love with jazz at age of 4 in Georgia, became one of the youngest students at the Julliard School.

Katie Melua

Katie Melua & Gori Women’s Choir – The Little Swallow

With her velvet eyes, exceptionally voice, and poetic ballads Katie Melua radiates kindness, softness and tenderness. Katie was revealed at the age 15. She is a Georgian-British songwriter and musician who was only 19 years old when she released her first album «Call of the Search » (2003) and three years later she had become the biggest selling female artist in Europe. Since that Katie Melua has sold over 11 million albums and over 1 million concert tickets around the world. Influenced by Queen, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Eva Cassidy she admits being a bit nostalgic for 50’s and 60’s, but her wonderful music is still very trendy and modern. For her fifth album «Secret Symphony» Katie was accompanied by a symphony orchestra and for her seventh album «In Winter», released in october 2016, she performed  with the Gori Women’s Choir, a native Georgian all-woman singing troupe, centered around the Georgian unique polyphonic sound.

Alexander Korsantia

Alexander Korsantia plays Haydn Sonata Hob. XVI:49 and Minuet (Live)

«The most striking memory, that always lives in me and always makes me smile is my first performance on stage of the Musical School for Gifted Children, in Tbilisi. I was five years old and played some small pieces. And I vividly remember the incredible pleasure that I got from the moment when I bowed in front of the clapping audience, after the performance.» – says the well known Georgian pianist Alexander Korsantia. This way began Korsantia’s career, that took him to many of the world’s major concert halls, collaborating with renowned conductors such as  Gianandrea Noseda, and Paavo Jarvi and orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Kirov Orchestra and Israel Philharmonic.

Alexander began his musical studies at an early age. In 1992, he moved his family to the United States and joined the famed piano studio of fellow Georgian, Alexander Toradze, at Indiana University. The winner of the First Prize and Gold Medal of the Artur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition and the First Prize at the Sidney International Piano Competition gains audience and critical acclaim with his great sense of style and virtuosity of the highest class. Korsantia explains: «When I’m working on a piece, I try to create something that not only brings pleasure to the listener, but will be able to move it somewhere else, to reveal something new on it. Otherwise – what all we musicians have to do? Otherwise – it is senseless.”

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