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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 Shamanauri, trumpet - Graduated from Zakaria Paliashvili Tbilisi Music School N0.2 and Tbilisi State Conservatoire (Master Degree). David is the Prize Winner of 3rd Republic Competition of young musician-performers and has received 1st Prize at the Francois Leleux Competition. He has passed the master classes of world known musicians, among them: Guido Zegers, Teo Wolters, Frits Damrow, etc.
During 1998-2002 David was musician of Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theatre Symphony Orchestra. In 1999-2011 – solo trumpet of Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra.
From 2011 David has joined the National Music Center of Georgia and is solo trumpet of Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra. At the same time he is one of the founders and the member of famous Georgian ensemble – Georgian Brass.
As a solo player David often collaborates with the various Orchestras and ensembles. Among it, he is one of the founders of the Youth Orchestra in Tbilisi, Georgia and leads master classes for children.
Georgian Strings - The young musicians of Georgian Orchestra, which celebrated its 90th Anniversary in 2015, have established the 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. The Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra was officially established in 1925 and its first artistic director and principal conductor was Ivane Paliashvili. In 1933 the Orchestra was awarded the State status and its principal conductor became Evgeny Mikeladze – legendary conductor, who was a victim of 1937 repressions. In 1971 the orchestra was awarded with the status of honored Orchestra and in 1994 – was named after Evgeny Mikeladze.
Nikoloz Rachveli: piano/conductor - Composer, Conductor, Pianist, Laureate of the Rustaveli Premium. Author of various music compositions of different styles, music for symphonic and chamber orchestras, theatre and films; also known for producing very successful recitals and anniversary concerts of Georgian composers managed and orchestrated by him.
Nikoloz Rachveli was born on May 15, 1979 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has started to study music at the Tbilisi Mikeladze Music School. At the age of 9 he has written his first musical, which was successfully staged at school. At the age of 11 he has conducted several concerts of the State Symphony Orchestra. It was a sensation at that time and his name was enlisted in the “New Names of the Planet” (Golden Book, UNESCO).
Performance will be held in Emile Bustani Auditorium.