With the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth of Georgia and Tbilisi City Hall, a masterclass of wind instrument orchestra was held on November 10 within the framework of the Batumi-Tbilisi International Festival “Night Serenades” conducted by Giorgi Shaverzashvili, Chairman of the Composers’ Union.
The masterclass was attended by: director of the 19th Art School Tamaz Molashvili; Artar Otar Taktakishvili Wind Instrument Orchestra “Big Band 19” Sergo Tkabladze; Nina Tsagareli, director of the festival Night Serenades.
Nina Tsagareli: “We hope that the masterclass of the chairman of the Composers’ Union, Giorgi Shaverzashvili, will be very important for the students on the way to their creative development. I would also like to emphasize, that within the framework of the festival, many more interesting masterclasses on various topics are planned throughout the month.”
Giorgi Shaverzashvili: “Children who play wind instruments have a special talent. A masterclass on the style of jazz music, notes, and conversations in this regard are very important and interesting for children. The gathering of these extraordinary children took place with the great diligence of Tamaz Molashvili. Orchestral masterclasses are rare and luxurious, especially in the direction of jazz. Meetings of this kind are important for talented young people for their future professional development and we thank the festival Night Serenades, namely Giorgi Isakadze and Nina Tsagareli, as well as our unique Liana Issakadze.”
Tamaz Molashvili: “We are at the first place among 32 art schools in the city because we have a special-class bass orchestra. By the way, we have already celebrated our 40th anniversary. Generally, there is a lack of students in the ensembles as well as teachers. Back in 1987, Jansug Kakhidze brought 4 men from Ukraine, the symphony orchestra lacked good performers. I also brought them with me to study with the students, before the times of trouble, they stayed for 2-3 years. By the way, Akhaltsikhe 19th School of Art provides footage to the Symphony Orchestra, the Big Band, the Opera Orchestra, and currently plays 11 orchestral children in the military orchestra. Here we are doing this activity. It is noteworthy that this year our orchestra, since switching to online, won the Grand Prix in Europe. We also did a masterclass with the Big Band, in the words of Givi Gachechiladze – the orchestra is already playing solidly. Everyone can be convinced of how our children play.
Sergo Tkabladze: “A masterclass is a good and necessary job for each member of the orchestra. Thanks to the Ministry of Culture, Tbilisi City Hall for making it possible for these children to deepen their knowledge within the framework of the festival, to hold such an important masterclass. The more masterclasses are planned, the more we will be happy to get involved and deepen our knowledge.” Within the framework of the festival, a number of masterclasses in different directions are planned to be held throughout the month.
The tradition of holding international music festivals in Georgia has been established since the 80s of the XX century. Prominent Georgian violinist and conductor Liana Issakadze was leading those activities. She was the first to establish the international festival Night Serenades in 1982 in the most beautiful part of Georgia – Abkhazia, which was held in Bichvinta during the summer and was very popular.
Every year, many famous musicians visit Georgia within the framework of the festival. At different times, the festival was attended by world-renowned musicians such as Alfred Schnittke, Kurt Masur, Gidon Kremer, Aiman Mussakhahayeva, Victor Tretyakov, Muhai Tang, Lavard Skou-Larsen, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Geza Hosszu-Legocky, Liisa Bezrodny, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, and many more.
The basic orchestra of the festival since 2011 is the world chamber ensemble orchestra “Virtuosos” created by Liana Issakadze. This orchestra has gained great international recognition. It should be noted that in 2018 the orchestra was staffed with talented young Georgian musicians working abroad and in Georgia and was named “Georgian Virtuosos.”
Founder of the festival: Liana Issakadze
Artistic director: Giorgi Issakadze
Festival Director: Nina Tsagareli
Main conductor of the festival: Maestro Vakhtang Machavariani
Organizing company: “Art Alliance”
Official Insurer of the Festival: Ardi Company
Supporters of the festival: Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth of Georgia, Tbilisi City Hall, Batumi City Hall, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Embassy of Italy, Embassy of Germany.
Partners: Nich perfume boutique “Aromateque,” perfume chain “Lutecia,” the best guarantor of quality and design furniture house “Nita,” company “Sarajishvili,” the first Georgian whiskey “Jimsher,” “Georgian Unique Wine” – a historical traditional unique,
The media supporters of the project are:
Adjara Public Broadcaster; First Channel of Georgia; “Rustavi 2;” Georgian Patriarchate TV “Ertsulovneba,” “TV25”; “Artarea;” Media and Digital Communications Agency “Clipart;” News.GE; News Agency “Prime-Time;” News Agency “GHN,” “Georgian Press, “English-language newspaper “Georgia Today;” The English-language daily The Messenger; Magazine “Mirror;” Newspaper “Adjara;” Magazine “Batumelebi;” Radio “Fortuna” and the portal Fortuna.ge.