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Tbilisi Wind Festival 2017to develop festival culture in the Region

By Mariam Chanishvili
Monday, November 6
Tbilisi Wind Festival was held in Tbilisi on November 1- 4, this year.

World famous artists including a Belgian flutist Aldo Baerten, Dutch conductor Lev Markiz and Georgian oboist Giorgi Gvantseladze performed at the ninth edition of Tbilisi Wind Festival.

This festival was the first instrumental wind festival hosted by Georgia in 2009.

Each year, the festival hosts international and Georgian instrumentalists for concerts and master classes. The festival has become an integral part of the rich Georgian cultural scene.

The festival was launched on November 1 at the Jansug Kakhidze Tbilisi Centre for Music and Culture, later the concert was followed at Tbilisi State Conservatory Recital Hall.

Changing the setting of performances, the festival moved to Fabrika, a Tbilisi venue of creative cultural events set in a former Soviet sewing factory building.

The final concert was dedicated to the memory of a famous Georgian violinist, Konstantine Vardeli. Famous pieces by Joseph Haydn were performed on the final day.

The festival after party was held on November 5 in Strada on Marjanishvili Street, where Georgian and international musicians performed live.

Levan Tskhadadze, a founder and artistic director of the Tbilisi Wind Festival, is considered one of the leading young musicians in Georgia. He studied in the E. Mikeladze School of Instrumental Music and V.Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatory with Davit Jishkariani. Levan continued his studies in Amsterdam and Nice with Harmen de Boer and Michel Lethiec. In 2011, he obtained his master’s degree at the Amsterdam Conservatory.

As a chamber musician, Levan regularly performs in various countries of Europe. Since 2013 he’s been playing for a duo with guitarist Izhar Elias.

As Tskhadadze said, the aim of the festival is to encourage interest in wind instruments and chamber music in the region, and to improve the Georgian school of wind playing, which is a fundamental part of any orchestra.

“The idea of founding a festival has derived from its aim. The region lacks the development in this area,” explains Tskhadadze.

The festival is supported and sponsored by TBC Bank, Mgroup, Tbilisi City Hall and Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia.