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Tamara GVERDTSITELI
   Russia

People’s Artist of Russia and Georgia,composer, musician

Chairperson of the International Jury of the XXVIII International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2019”

Laureate of the Special Award of the President of the Republic of Belarus “Through Art to Peace and Mutual Understanding” (2017), People’s Artist of Georgia (1991), People’s Artist of Russia (2004).

Tamara Gverdtsiteli was born in Tbilisi (Georgia).

She graduated from Vano Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire (piano and composition).

The singer is the prizewinner of the All-Union Contest for Young Performers of Soviet Song (1981), the International Contest “Red Carnation” (1981), the International Contest “Dresden-Hit” (East Germany, 1982), “Golden Orpheus” (Bulgaria, 1988).

Gverdtsiteli performed as a guest singer at the festivals in Sopot (Poland) and Sanremo (Italy), went on tours as a soloist of the Georgian State Television and Symphony Orchestra.

In 1989, she was awarded the title of the Honored Artist of the Georgian SSR.

In 1991, she gave a solo concert in the Olympia Hall (Paris, France) at the invitation of Michel Legrand.

Tamara performed with A. Kozlov ensemble in Carnegie Hall (New York, 1995), appeared in “Michel Legrand Presents Tamara Gverdtsiteli” concert (New York, 1996), presented a series of solo programs “Music Without Borders” to the accompaniment of “Music” ensemble (2001-2003), and performed the part of Carmen with the Milanese baritone Giovanni Ribichesu.

Gverdtsiteli is the prizewinner of the Shchepkin Theatre Festival (2005, the play “Man of La Mancha”).

In 2010, she made her debut in one-woman performance genre.

In 2017, she presented her solo program “Recognition”.

In February 2018, Gverdtsiteli gave the anniversary concert at the State Kremlin Palace (Moscow, Russia).

In March 2018, she presented the monodrama “The Human Voice” on stage of the Moscow musical theatre “Helikon-Opera” and toured with a solo concert “Barefoot Across the Sky”.

In 2019, she presented her solo concert show “Eternal Music” in the USA and Canada.

In April 2019, she performed at the Palace of the Republic (Minsk, Belarus) with the Presidential Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus.

Tamara Gverdtsiteli sings in Georgian, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish, English, Ukrainian, Armenian, German, Hebrew and other languages.

Discography: “Debut. Tamara Gverdtsiteli” (minion, 1982), “Music. Tamara Gverdtsiteli Sings” (1985), “White Crow” (rock opera, part of Joan of Arc, 1991), “Tamara Gverdtsiteli Sings Her Songs” (1992), “Vivat, King!”(1994), “Thank You, Music” (1996), “Best Songs of Different Years” (2000), “Dedication to a Woman” (2001), “Vivat, Love, Vivat!”, “Yesterday I Dreamed the Sky” (2002), “The Best” (2003), “Music - Soul Temple” (2004), “Air Kiss”, “The Best” (2008), “The Best” (2 CDs, 2009), “Momele” (songs in Yiddish, 2017).

Filmography: “Mziuri” (1973), “White Rose of Immortality” (1984), “Griboyedov’s Waltz” (1995), “Stalin’s Wife” (2006), “Vladimir Zeldin, Don Quixote in Love” (2008), “Best-maintained House” (2010).

Her creative career has been connected with Vitebsk since the time of the All-Union Polish Song festivals. In 1988, she performed at the festival as a guest singer.

Tamara Gverdtsiteli has more than once participated in the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”, the gala concert “Hello, Festival” (Minsk, the Palace of the Republic), the gala concerts of masters of arts of Russia, “The Union State Invites...” events, the anniversary shows, recitals, the “Festival Without Borders” concerts, the events dedicated to the celebration of the Vitebsk City Day, and charity concert programs.

She was a member of the International Jury of the International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk” in 1993, 1998, 2000, 2002 (Chairperson), and 2006.