Composer, Conductor, Pianist,
Artistic Director of Djansung Kakhidze Tbilisi Centre for Music and Culture, Chief conductor of Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra
Official Web Site: vakhtangkakhidze.com
Vakhtang Kakhidze was born into a family of musicians in 1959 in Tbilisi, Georgia He began to study music when he was 6 years old, as a pianist. In 1975 he finished choir conducting department of Music High School. In 1981 he graduated from Moscow State Conservatory as a composer, and in 1983 he finished the post graduate courses of the same institute. His teachers were such famous musicians as Nikolai Sidelnikov - composition, Edison Denisov - art of instrumentation and others. In 1988-89 he studied conducting with his father, world famous Georgian conductor Djansug Kakhidze.
In 1989, Vakhtang Kakhidze has begun his activity as a conductor. His debut took place in Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, where he has conducted several performances of his ballet “Amazons”. From 1993 he worked as conductor of Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra. Beside concert performances he recorded 25 CDs for famous international sound-recording companies.
In 2002 Vakhtang Kakhidze was appointed a chief conductor of Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of Djansug Kakhidze Tbilisi Centre for Music & Culture. Also, he leads annual International Music Festival “Autumn Tbilisi”, which hosts famous musicians all over the world.
In 2004 he had concert tour with Tbilisi Symphony orchestra in Russia and Italy performing in such leading concert halls as Moscow Conservatory Big Hall and St. Petersburg Philharmony, Milan Conservatory Verdi Concert Hall, Santa Cecilia Music Academy new concert hall in Rome, Merano, Bari and other cities.
Vakhtang Kakhidze performed with such well-known music ensembles as: Prague Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra “New Russia” (artistic director Y. Bashmet), Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Kiev Symphony Orchestra, Paris Trinity Church Choir and Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, The Israel Camerata (Jerusalem), Ensemble del Arte (Germany), chamber orchestras “Moscow Soloists” and “Kremerata Baltica”.
Vakhtang Kakhidze collaborates with such outstanding musicians as Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Viktor Tretjakov, Natalia Gutman, Alexander Kniazev, Michel Legrand, Didie Lockwood, Jan Garbarek, Gary Hoffman, Michel Lethiec, Llisa Batiashvili, Francois Leleux, Eliso Virsaladze, Liana Isakadze, Alexander Toradze, Alexander Korsantia, Jose Carreras, Lado Ataneli, Iano Tamar, Zurab sotkilava, Nino Surguladze, Nino Machidze and many others.
As composer Vakhtang Kakhidze works in different musical genres. His pieces are performed in Moscow, Petersburg, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary, Finland, UK, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Turkey, Israel, India, the USA and Japan. He is an author of soundtracks for films and drama performances, several jazz compositions and pop songs.
Vakhtang Kakhidze is holder of several prizes:
1981 - First prize at the former USSR competition of young composer
1997 - Special prize “Spring”, instituted by Tbilisi Municipality for achievements in the art
The prize instituted by Georgian Cinema Academy for the best film music
1998, 2005 and 2013 - Prize of the Georgian Theatre Union for the best music composed for drama performance
2000 – “Order of Honour” - The State award of Republic of Georgia
2010 – “Shota Rustaveli prize” - The supreme award in Art of Republic of Georgia
2015 - 'Zakhary Paliashvili Prize' - established by Georgian Musical Society'
“Lullaby”- for mixed choir (1975)
“Chant” – for men’s octet (1976)
Psalm - for 3 flutes & tenor (1977)
String Quartet - (1978-79)
Concerto for piano and orchestra – (1980, 1991)
Flower of hope--- cantata for mezzo soprano, tenor, bariton & chamber orchestra (1981)
In memoriam - for string orchestra (1982)
Reflections--- for mens octet & acoustic guitar (1983)
“Abode of love” – musicle (1983)
Coniugationes- for symphonic orchestra (1983, 1986)
Barbale- Opera-Fantasy in 2 acts (Paraphrase on Georgian classical opera) (1985-86)
Amazons---ballet in 3 acts (1988-89)
Sheherezade - music for ballet performance (1994)
Alleluia - for cello, voice & organ (1994)
Moon Dances---for cello & chamber orchestra (1994)
Bruderschaft - for viola, piano & string orchestra (commissioned by Yuri Bashmet) (1996)
“Reve d’ombre” – jazz cantata for mixed choir and jazz instruments (1998)
“Amazons” – symphonic suite from the ballet (1998)
“Kyrie Eleison” – for brass band (1999)
“Blitz – Fantasy” on Georgian tunes for violin, voice, synthesizer and string orchestra
(commissioned by Gidon Kremer) (1999)
“2000- Millenium” – Cantate de la Paix – for soprano, tenor, mixed choir & symphonic
orchestra (commissioned by Festival “Les Coreades”,
“Glory Alleluia”, “Elegy”, “Advent suite” – for men’s and boy’s choir and brass band
(commissioned by Swiss Army Brass Band) (2000)
“Christmas Trilogy” – for men’s and boy’s choir and symphony orchestra (2003)
Music for 50 drama performances
Music for 20 films and animated cartoons
Several songs and jazz composition