Vakhtang Kakhidze



Vakhtang Kakhidze was born in Tbilisi in 1959 . In 1981, he graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory composition faculty.

In 1983, he graduated from the magistry in the same Conservatory .The teachers were well-known musicians: Nicholas Sidelnikovi, Edison Denisov and others.

Vakhtang Kakhidze has won several awards: 1981 - I Prize of the Soviet Union Young Composers Competition, 1997 - City Hall Special Prize of "Spring" art in the development of its contribution, the Academy Award "NATO" for the best music of the film the film,in 1998 - the best music for the dramatic play -the Theatre Union's prize , 2000 - The Republic of Honor.

In 2002, he won the special prize "The most successful artist" from the "newspaper of the Republic".

In 2003, he became a member of the European International Academy of Natural Sciences and was awarded the Medal after Albert Schwaitzer for his special achievements.

Vakhtang Kakhidze's works have been performed in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary, Finland, Greece, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, England, Spain, Switzerland, the United States and Japan. His music has been performed by such well-known musicians as I. Bashmet, G. Kremmer, A.Kniazev, N. Petrov and others.
Vakhtang Kakhidze has worked  successfully in various musical genres. He is well known for his songs, music for the  films, theatrical performances and jazz compositions. He often participates as a jazz pianist with many well-known performers of jazz . Vakhtang is the head of  Jazz - Folk Ensemble "Aries".

In 1990, he began working as a conductor. He has conducted at the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Kiev Symphony Orchestra, art festival in Spain, the Prague Symphony Orchestra "New Russia" , Beijing Symphony Orchestra, the Kiev Symphony Orchestra, Paris Trinity Church Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, the ensemble of "Del Arte", etc.

Since 1993, he has recorded 25 albums of various foreign companies.

In 2002, after the death of Jansug Kakhidze ,Vakhtang Kakhidze has become Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. Also he has become the head of Tbilisi Cultural Center and the International Music Festival "Autumn Tbilisi".

In 2004, he held very responsible and successful tours of the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra in Moscow, Petersburg and Italy (Rome, Milan).

Vakhtang Kakhidze collaborates with famous artists, such as Eliso Virsaladze, Alexander Korsantia, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremmer, Viktor Tretyakov, Natalia Gutman, Emilia Baranovska, Alexander Kniazev, Michel Legrand, Didier Lockwood,  Gary Hoffman, Jan Garbarek, Andreas Shpor, Jean - Yves Gaudens, Danilo Rossi,etc.