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Al Bustan Festival 2016
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Anita Rachvelishvili: mezzo soprano - Anita Rachvelishvili was born in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. She at first studied piano at the Mukhran Machavariani School and then singing at the Vano-Sarajishvili Conservatory with Manana Egadze. She received a stipend from the president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, and in 2007 won the Paata Burchuladze Prize. While still a student at the conservatory, she debuted at the Opera in Tblisi as Maddalena in Rigoletto and Olga in Eugen Onegin, subsequently joining the ensemble of the theater in the fall of 2006. In 2007 she was invited to join the Accademia at the Teatro alla Scalla, it was there she was heard by Daniel Barenboim, who then invited her to star in the new production of Carmen which opened the 2009/2010 La Scala Season.
David Aladashvili: piano - David Aladashvili, hailed as a “sensitive virtuoso born for the stage,” began taking piano lessons at age eleven and at age fifteen was accepted into the prestigious Tbilisi Special Music School where he earned Georgia’s Presidential Scholarship for Piano Performance. In 2007, David was invited to join the pre-college division of The Juilliard School in New York City. David continued his studies at Juilliard for the next six years where he was awarded several honors, including the Susan W. Rose scholarship. While at Juilliard, David studied under Matti Raekallio and Jerome Lowenthal, receiving his Bachelor’s in 2012 and his Master’s in 2014. David has participated in many international competitions, given recitals and appeared as a soloist with orchestras across Europe and America.
David’s upcoming US appearances include recitals for the Senior Festival of the Arts at Miller Center for Performing Arts, Classical Music Series’ 23rd Season of Close Encounters with Music, and the Joyce Theater Ballet Festival. Abroad he will be performing across his home country of Georgia, touring for the Al Bustan International Festival of Music and Performing Arts, and playing a special recital at Teatro alla Scala in Milan with opera star mezzo soprano Anita Rashvelishvili, with whom he regularly performs around the world. David currently lives in New York City.
Performance will be held in Emile Bustani Auditorium.