CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF GERMAN-GEORGIAN DIPLOMACY
Christmas Trilogy and other compositions performed by the Tbilisi Symphonic Orchestra, the conductor Vakhtang Kakhidze, Dudana Mazmanishvili on the grand piano, the men's choir "Rustavi" and the boy's choir "Mdzlevari"
When: January 7th 2017 - celebrating Orthodox Christmas
Where: At the Berlin Philharmonic Hall
COMPOSER, CONDUCTOR, PIANIST
Artistic Director of Djansung Kakhidze Tbilisi Centre for Music and Culture
Vakhtang Kakhidze was born into a family of musicians in 1959 in Tbilisi, Georgia He began to study music when he was 6 years old, as a pianist. In 1975 he finished choir conducting department of Music High School. In 1981 he graduated from Moscow State Conservatory as a composer, and in 1983 he finished the post graduate courses of the same institute. His teachers were such famous musicians as Nikolai Sidelnikov - composition, Edison Denisov - art of instrumentation and others. In 1988-89 he studied conducting with his father, world famous Georgian conductor Djansug Kakhidze.
In 1989, Vakhtang Kakhidze has begun his activity as a conductor. His debut took place in Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, where he has conducted several performances of his ballet “Amazons”. From 1993 he worked as conductor of Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra. Beside concert performances he recorded 25 CDs for famous international sound-recording companies.
In 2002 Vakhtang Kakhidze was appointed a chief conductor of Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of Djansug Kakhidze Tbilisi Centre for Music & Culture. Also, he leads annual International Music Festival “Autumn Tbilisi”, which hosts famous musicians all over the world.
In 2004 he had concert tour with Tbilisi Symphony orchestra in Russia and Italy performing in such leading concert halls as Moscow Conservatory Big Hall and St. Petersburg Philharmony, Milan Conservatory Verdi Concert Hall, Santa Cecilia Music Academy new concert hall in Rome, Merano, Bari and other cities.
As a composer, Vakhtang Kakhidze works in different musical genres. His pieces are performed in Moscow, Petersburg, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary, Finland, UK, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Turkey, Israel, India, the USA and Japan. He is an author of soundtracks for films and drama performances, several jazz compositions and pop songs.
Vakhtang Kakhidze is holder of several prizes:
- 1981 - First prize at the former USSR competition of young composer
- 1997 - Special prize “Spring”, instituted by Tbilisi Municipality for achievements in the art
- The prize instituted by Georgian Cinema Academy for the best film music
- 1998, 2005 and 2013 - Prize of the Georgian Theatre Union for the best music composed for drama performance
- 2000 – “Order of Honour” - The State award of Republic of Georgia
- 2010 – “Shota Rustaveli prize” - The supreme award in Art of Republic of Georgia
"..magnificently ...staggeringly virtuosic and powerful..."
Merkin Hall Recital, Harris Goldsmith for the New York Classical Review
"…struck by Ms. Mazmanishvili's gift of making traditional repertoire feel new."
Recital, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York Concert Review
"..most memorable qualities..."
Rachmaninoff Cto. 2, Jacque Lacombe and New Jersey Symphony, The Star-Ledger