Announcement: The concert dedicated to the music of Giya Kancheli

The concert dedicated to the music of Giya Kancheli

Andrea Cortesi Violin

Giorgi Zagareli Viola

Sergey Smbatyan Conductor

Armenian State Symphony Orchestra

The most famous Georgian composer on earth — oh, no, the most mysterious and unworldly composer on the planet, — Giya Kancheli has for over half a century been forecasting the world’s rough weather. He has tamed the voices of the universe that reverberate from his scores, he has made silence that can last for eternity one of the tones of his orchestra. The silence of anxiety but not serenity, the silence that equally touches the strings of an individual soul and strikes the chords of the objective reality.

“My dream has always been and still is the silence where music continues to sound in the listeners’ imagination,” said Giya Kancheli. “At the same time my “pauses” should precede the birth of music that follows.”

Andrea Cortesi (violin), the founder of “Orchestra da Camera Millennium,” for many years interested in musical works and projects linked to the formation of archi, be they chamber or orchestral. Maestro Cortesi is one of the most expressive interpreter by Giya Kancheli’s music, in particular,“Chiaroscuro” (2010) — a compelling musical reflection on light and shade.

Giorgi Zagareli (viola) is one of Georgia’s the best young soloists showing natural talent that cannot be taught. In 2014 he recorded Giya Kancheli’s Miniatures for Viola and Piano named Letters to Friends with Nikoloz Rachveli as dedicatees and performed the European premiere with celebrated pianist Mikhail Muntian in Siena, Italy.


Giya Kancheli

Chiaroscuro for Violin and Chamber Orchestra

Soloist: Andrea Cortesi (violin)

Letters to Friends for Viola and Chamber Orchestra

Soloist: Giorgi Zagareli (viola)

Instead of a Tango for Violin, Viola, Piano and String Orchestra

world premiere
Soloists: Andrea Cortesi (violin) Giorgi Zagareli (viola)