Djansug Kakhidze Tbilisi Center for Music & Culture
Tbilisi center for music & culture is one of the leading concert organizations in Georgia, which serves for preservation and evolution of country's rich musical traditions already for 25 years.
Tbilisi Center for Music & Culture has been established in 1989. The idea of its formation came to famous Georgian conductor Djansug Kakhidze in 1976. While there was not the hall, which satisfied all requirements necessary for performance of symphonic music, it has been essential to create new modern venue fitted out with all useful conditions. In the period of Soviet government it seemed nearly impossible because of many complicated formalities. To overcome those contradictions more or less painlessly the solution has been found – the location exchange between the cinema “Amirani”, that was situated on Agmashenebeli (former Plekhanov) avenue and Tbilisi Philharmonic Small Concert Hall, which was at Kostava (former Lenin) street. And afterwards the reconstruction of former cinema has been started. As a result of solving many problems, the restless efforts of Maestro Kakhidze and the support of progressive-minded people in the government the new concert hall of modern standards was extended to historical foyer of the cinema. The architects of this new hall were Leri Medzmariashvili and Murtaz Chachanidze.
Before the opening of the center he used to say: “One of the most important missions of my life could be considered finished – The center for music & culture stays on Agmashenebeli Avenue – the new, modern, magnificent hall for symphonic music.” Mainly this hall became the new hearth of symphonic music and on its basis Djansug Kakhidze formed Tbilisi Center for Music & Culture - a leading concert organization of Georgia, which preserves and develops the rich concert traditions of this country and where you can listen to advanced music ensembles and famous soloists.
During 25 years of its existence the center became an initiator and implementer of several important undertakings:
On 20th august 1993 Maestro Djansug Kakhidze has established Tbilisi Symphony Orhcestra. Because of high artistic level, perfect professional skills of orchestra musicians, wide repertoire and original performance manner it has been recognized by many outstanding musicians and leading experts as a main music ensemble of Georgia.
In September 1993 together with Tbilisi City Hall was established the annual international music festival “Autumn Tbilisi”, which unites the concerts of classical symphonic and chamber music, jazz and folk. Along with Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra the stars of world musical culture and famous Georgian musicians participate in the festival. During all this long period of its activity the festival “Autumn Tbilisi” has gained a position of the highest artistic and successful events in the cultural life of Georgia.
In 2002 since the death of Maestro Djansug Kakhidze Tbilisi Center for Music & Culture and adjacent garden, the former “State Philharmonic Auditorium” has been named after its founder - Djansug Kakhidze.
The same year an outstanding composer and conductor Vakhtang Kakhidze became an artistic director of the center. Already with his leadership has been held the 10th anniversaries of Interantional Music Festival “Autumn Tbilisi” and Tbilisi symphony Orchestra that undeniably was a beginning of new stage in boths existence and following development.
From the one side, Vakhtang Kakhidze continues successfully artistic traditions of the music center and from the other side effectively improves and develops them. The perfect examples are - many high artistic concerts presented in the last years, the Georgian premiers of several Georgian or foreign works, program diversification of the festival “Autumn Tbilisi” and expansion of its participant soloists and ensembles circle, even more refinement and raising of performing skills of Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra , its international recognition and the confirmation of this is the triumphant concert tours in Italy and Russia (2004) and also public appraisals of famous foreign conductors and soloists who work with orchestra.
In 2004-2010 Djansug Kakhidze Tbilisi Center for Music & Culture was basically renovated. The complete rehabilitation of the building became possible by the support of well-known Georgian philanthropist Mr. Bidzina Ivanishvili and the International Charity Foundation “Cartu” established by him. Using the modern building technologies the several works has been done: the reinforcement of the building that was strongly damaged in 2002 during the earthquake, its isolation from groundwater, the full rehabilitation of heating-cooling and ventilation systems, the newly made covering of the centers façade, the restoration of historically important foyer painted in 1914 by Italian painter and many others. In the same period the new expansive instruments have been purchased for Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra that helped enormously to raise the performance skills of musicians and to improve the common sound.
The well-know German, Austrian and Dutch companies contributed much in the reconstruction process of music center. According to their recommendations and joint works done together with Georgian building companies the acoustics of big and small concert halls were strongly amended – for this has been imminent to change the cover of floors on the stage and in auditorium, the walls has been covered with special acoustic paints, the main architectural element of the big hall, so called “acoustic canopy” became movable – the acoustic could be regulated by changing its positions. The cable, communication and lightening systems were entirely innovated.
Especially for the big hall the concert organ was constructed by German master – Ewald Kienle. It has changed the view of big hall significantly and has given to it particular originality
The common opinion of specialists from the different countries is that after the reconstruction the concert halls of the center fit the modern world standards and our country has to be proud of it.
Since the end of reconstruction on 25, 26 and 27 September 2010 there were the concerts dedicated to the reopening of Djansug Kakhidze Tbilisi Center for Music & Culture, wich was an important event for cultural life of Tbilisi and our country. It was followed by 18th edition of the International Music Festival “Autumn Tbilisi” dedicated to 75 years anniversary of Djansug Kakhidze.
Djansug Kakhidze Tbilisi Center for Music & Culture continues its fruitful and successful artistic life. In 2015 as a celebration of Djansug Kakhidze 80 years anniversary, the new international music festival has been founded with support of Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. The progeam of this festival, named after Djansug Kakhidze, is built on artistic collaboration of Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra and 'world stars' of popular music.This is an event for all kind of music lovers.
Many interesting projects are planned in the future, which will promote the classical music in our country even more and play an important role in presenting the Georgian music culture abroad on top professional level.