By Mariam Chanishvili
Wednesday December 1
With the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth of Georgia and the Town Hall of Tbilisi, the final concert of the night serenades of the international festival Batumi ?? Tbilisi XIII took place on November 21 in the great hall of the Conservatory from Tbilisi V. Sarajishvili.
The concert program featured Sandro Nebieridze ?? premiere of Fantasy on Zakaria Paliashvili Opera Themes (piece dedicated to the composer’s 150th birthday), Vakhtang Matchavariani ?? Dedication to Ludwig Van B for strings, timpani and piano – creation – (based on the themes of Beethoven’s nine symphonies), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ?? Concerto for string clarinet in A major, K. 622.
The annual festival featured live orchestras and musical artists, including Georgian Virtuosi Orchestra conductor Vakhtang Matchavariani, Sabine Grofmeier ?? clarinet (Germany), Sandro Nebieridze ?? piano.
Clarinetist Sabine Grofmeier is one of the most remarkable and diverse artists of her generation. His warm tone, his striking musicality and expressiveness, his assured mastery of technical means inspire all audiences. Sabine Grofmeier is the recipient of numerous sponsorship awards and grants.
The festival was founded by the great Georgian violinist and conductor Liana Isakadze in 1982 in Bishvinta, Abkhazia, Georgia. At the time, the festival was held in the wonderful nature of Bichvinta, accompanied by the organ from the church of Bichvinta ?? all this created a special atmosphere and atmosphere.
Le Messager had the chance to interview the artistic director of the festival, Giorgi Issakadze, who thanked the sponsors and supporters of the festival.
The festival is supported by the Georgian Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth; Tbilisi Town Hall; Batumi City Hall; the Ajarian Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture; The embassies of Italy and Germany in Georgia;
The festival was organized by the company – Art Alliance, officially provided by Ardi.
Giorgi Issakadze founded the Isakadze Music School (Musikschule Issakadze) in 1999. Liana Isakadze is the Honorary Artistic Director. In 2006 he also founded the Ingolstadt Academy of Music and Dance (Musik- und Tanzakademie Issakadze & Lukashevich). In 2017, the Academy of Music and Ballet (Musik- und Ballettakademie Issakadze & Bejuashvili) opened in Munich.
The idea of the Academy of Music and Dance with a wide range of events arose above all from the effort to give children (but also their parents) a wide range of opportunities for personal development.
– Tell us about this year’s festival and the challenges you encountered.
-This year the festival was a great success. Even though we struggled to invite artists from different countries and taking into account all COVID regulations, we managed to successfully finalize the festival. We had to postpone and change the dates twice for the concert that was taking place in Tbilisi.
Last year we hosted the festival online and over 20,000 people watched the live stream including internationals and Georgians. I am very happy that this traditional holiday continues to exist successfully.
As you know, the festival was founded in Bishvinta (Abkhazia) in 1982. Liana’s major desire was to bring the festival back to its original location ?? in Bichvinta. We hope we can do it.
I am very grateful to our supporters and sponsors. At the end of the concert, on the initiative of the German Ambassador to Georgia Hubert Knirsch, I had the chance to have an interview with him on a very painful subject of Abkhazia and the future of festival. Hubert Knirsch underlined that this issue is of the utmost importance for our German partners.
– It is well known to us that various pieces have been created for the festival over the years. Which pieces were created in 2021?
– Indeed, several compositions and pieces have been created for the festival over the years (by Giorgi Shaverzashvili, Sandro Nebieridze, and others).
This year, the premiere of Sandro Nebieridze ?? s – Fantasy on Zakaria Paliashvili Opera Themes took place on November 21. The theme was created especially for the festival, at my request.
Great composer and conductor, Vakhtang Matchavariani ?? s – Dedication to Ludwig Van B for String was performed for the 1st time. It can be seen as a kaleidoscope of Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies, a modern conversation with Beethoven.
Maestro Nikoloz Rachveli’s play premiered live in Batumi, performed by Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi. The concert ended with this piece dedicated to the Italian people and Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi. Singer Sopho Khalvashi also performed at the concert held in Batumi.
Nikoloz Rachveli pointed out that despite the harsh reality of the pandemic, this year’s festival was successful. He mentioned that this festival is very special for him because it is related to Abkhazia.
-As you mentioned, due to COVID-19, it was difficult to invite international artists, but you still managed to do so. Tell us about these artists.
– Sabine Grofmeier, one of the world’s most famous and amazing clarinetists, performed in Tbilisi. She performed the Mozart concert and other interesting pieces. As soon as you hear it play, you recognize the European sound. The Western school of wind instruments is very different from the Russian school, which is also related to Georgia. The traditional western sound is refined, exquisite and subtle.
Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi is a phenomenal Italian accordion and bandoneon player. Pietrodarchi has given concerts all over the world, including Europe as well as Canada, China and Korea. He has also been a guest of festivals such as the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2006 and the Sanremo Festival in 2008. As mentioned above, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi performed with Nikoloz Rachveli; as usual, he amazed the audience, as if his sounds came from another universe.
-What were the novelties and animations of the festival in 2021?
– This year we have expanded our activities, offering Georgian students and schoolchildren an extensive educational program.
A master class was held on November 2, where artist-designer Nino Mirianashvili visited disabled children (18-25 years old). The beneficiaries of the bridge learned bonding techniques.
On November 10, a master class of the wind instrument orchestra was given by Giorgi Shaverzashvili, professor at the Tbilisi State Conservatory and president of the Union of Composers.
The masterclasses were led by Vakhtang Matchavariani, Sabine Grofmeier, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, Giorgi Shaverzashvili and Nino Khutsishvili.