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Famous Composers from Georgia

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List of notable or famous composers from Georgia, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Georgia and even some popular composers who immigrated to Georgia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Georgian composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Georgia is included when available.

List people include Aram Khachaturian, Giya Kancheli and more.

This historic composers from Georgia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Georgian composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from Georgia?" These prominent composers of Georgia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Georgian composers.

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    Aram Il'yich Khachaturian (; Russian: Ара́м Ильи́ч Хачатуря́н, IPA: [ɐˈram ɪˈlʲjit͡ɕ xət͡ɕɪtʊˈrʲan]; Armenian: Արամ Խաչատրյան, Aram Xačatryan; pronounced [ɑˈɾɑm χɑt͡ʃʰɑt(ə)ɾˈjɑn]; 6 June [O.S. 24 May] 1903 – 1 May 1978) was a Soviet Armenian composer and conductor. He is considered one of the leading Soviet composers.Born and raised in Tbilisi, the multicultural capital of Georgia, Khachaturian moved to Moscow in 1921 following the Sovietization of the Caucasus. Without prior music training, he enrolled in the Gnessin Musical Institute, subsequently studying at the Moscow Conservatory in the class of Nikolai Myaskovsky, among others. His first major work, the Piano Concerto (1936),...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 74 (1903-1978)
    • Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Giya Alexandrovich Kancheli (Georgian: გია ყანჩელი; born 10 August 1935 in Tbilisi, Transcaucasian SFSR, Soviet Union) is a Georgian composer who resides in Belgium. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Kancheli has lived in Western Europe: first in Berlin, and since 1995 in Antwerp, where he became composer-in-residence for the Royal Flemish Philharmonic....  more
    • Age: 85
    • Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Elisabeth Batiashvili (Georgian: ელისაბედ ბათიაშვილი; born 7 March 1979), professionally known as Lisa Batiashvili, is a prominent Georgian violinist active across Europe and the United States. A former New York Philharmonic artist-in-residence, she is acclaimed for her "natural elegance, silky sound and the meticulous grace of her articulation." Batiashvili makes frequent appearances at high-profile international events; she was the violin soloist at the 2018 Nobel Prize concert....  more
    • Age: 42
    • Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
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    Otar Vasilisdze Taktakishvili (Georgian: ოთარ თაქთაქიშვილი; Russian: Отар Васильевич Тактакишвили; 27 July 1924 – 21 February 1989) was a prominent Georgian composer, teacher, conductor, and musicologist of the Soviet period. Although in the West Taktakishvili is perhaps best known for his 1968 Sonata for Flute and Piano, his works include two symphonies, four piano concertos, two violin concertos, two cello concertos, and operas (Mindia, First Love, The Abduction of the Moon, Mususi, Three Tales). He also wrote several symphonic poems and oratorios, as well as adaptations of Georgian folk songs and a multitude of compositions for instruments and voice. While still a student at the Tbilisi...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 64 (1924-1989)
    • Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia