15 TELAVI INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
“Keba Vazisa” – “In Praise of Vine” – the Telavi Seminar-Festival of Chamber Music was founded in 1984. Over its nine-year-long history it acquired many admirers and evoked an international response.
The founder and artistic director of the Telavi Festival was Eliso Virsaladze, an outstanding pianist and a great musician. The inspiration came from Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, every year held in the atmosphere of the beautiful nature of Finland.
Eliso Virsaladze was supported by her famous partners Natalia Gutman and Oleg Kagan; they took an active part in the life of the festival.
To participate in the festival Eliso Virsaladze invited famous musicians and ensembles. At different times Telavi hosted the Moscow Borodin String Quartet, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Saulus Sondetskis, the Estonian Ensemble of Early Music “Hortus Musicus”, headed by Andres Mustonen, the pianist and teacher Nathan Perelman, the clarinetist Eduard Brunner, the viola player Youri Bashmet with his chamber orchestra, the singers Zurab Sotkilava and Makvala Qasrashvili, the music critic Victor Youzefovitch, Sulkhan Tsintsadze State String Quartet of Georgia, the Telavi Music College Choir (conductor – Pavle Demurishvili) and many others.
In masterclasses the famous musicians shared their knowledge and experience with the younger generation.
The Telavi Festival stopped functioning in 1992 due the unbearable social and political situation in Georgia. Despite this it left an indelible trace in the history of Georgian musical culture.
Fortunately the Telavi festival begins a new life after a long pause at the initiative of its founder Eliso Virsaladze.
At this year’s festival too the tone is set by brilliant musicians who will present a multifarious programme to the audience and take part in the work of masterclasses.
The Telavi festival also embraces Dsinandali – Alexandre Chavchavadze’s estate, where Georgian Romanticism was born and the process of Europeanization of Georgian music began. This process abounds in remarkable events and the Telavi International Music Festival is one of them.