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Wind Instrument Masterclass Held within the Framework of Festival Night Serenades

By Khatia Bzhalava
Friday, November 12
On November 10, within the framework of the annual Batumi-Tbilisi Within the frameworks of the International Festival Night Serenades, a wind instrument masterclass was held, conducted by Giorgi Shaverzashvili, a professor at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire and the chairman of Georgian Composers Union. The masterclass was supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth of Georgia and Tbilisi city hall.

The Director of the festival Nina Tsagareli stressed that several master classes in different directions will be held throughout the month within the framework of the festival.

“I hope that the workshop delivered by Giorgi Shaverzashvili will be very important for the creative development of the students,” she noted.

Shaverzashvili thanked the festival Night Serenades, namely Giorgi Issakadze, Nina Tsagareli, and Liana Issakadze, stressing that meetings of such kind are important for talented young people for their future professional development. According to him, holding orchestral masterclasses is rare, especially in the direction of jazz.

As Tamaz Molashvili, the Director of Otar Taktakishvili Art School #19, noted, there is a lack of students as well as teachers in symphonic bands. According to him, the #19 art school is ranked first among 32 art schools in the city and provides staff for the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Tbilisi Big Band, and the orchestra of Opera and Ballet Theater of Tbilisi.

Sergo Tkabladze, the conductor of Otar Taktakishvili Wind Instrument Orchestra "Big Band 19", thanked the Ministry of Culture and Tbilisi City Hall for holding such an important master class and enabling children to gain more knowledge in this field.

In 1991, following the armed conflict, the festival stopped existing, however, 18 years later, in 2009, Night Serenades was brought back to the Georgian seaside town of Batumi, continuing the traditions of Bichvinta’s Festival. Due to the wide popularity of the festival throughout the years, Tbilisi City Council decided in 2015 to change its name to Batumi-Tbilisi International Festival.

The basic team of the Festival is the chamber orchestra “Virtuosi”, founded by Liana Issakadze in 2011. The orchestra is staffed with talented young Georgian musicians working abroad and in Georgia.

The artistic director of the festival is Giorgi Issakadze, musician, teacher, and the founder and the artistic director of dance and music academies in Ingolstadt and Munich, the chief conductor is Maestro Vakhtang Matchavariani and the director of the festival is Nina Tsagareli.

The event is organized by the company ‘Art Alliance.’

The festival Night Serenades is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth of Georgia, Tbilisi, and Batumi city halls, Ministry of Culture, Education and Sports of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, and embassies of Italy and Germany.

The official insurer of the festival is the company ‘Ardi.’