Young Georgian Violinist Set to Go Global

Georgia’s rich musical culture, which counts centuries, is being more and more often seen on the world’s stages. Apart from the many prominent representatives of the Georgian musical scene that are internationally recognized, numerous talented Georgian youth musicians are following in their footsteps, aiming to upgrade their qualifications and achieve great success.

Outstanding Georgian violinist Tamar Tkabladze is one of these youth representatives. At the age of 15, she has already achieved much and made great strides for an even better future.

Tamar’s interest in the violin comes from her family, as her grandfather was the first great hornist in Georgia, her father is a violinist, hornist, conductor of four orchestras, and her mother is a pianist. Her special talent was noticed at an early age. She has been participating in various competitions since the age of seven and has been invited to compete both in Georgia and throughout Europe.

Tamar Tkabladze graduated from the Tbilisi Evgeni Mikeladze Central Music School (tutored by Diana Jaiani) which helped her to perform at various competitions and concerts and aided her in becoming an outstanding violinist. She took master classes from foreign cellists and violinists and has achieved success at various national and international competitions, receiving numerous certificates, four Grand prix and one star. Most notable among these are: 1st place at a competition in Turkey 2013, aged eight, 1st place at a festival concert (by invitation) in Armenia 2013, 1st place at an international competition in Sweden 2016, 1st place at a competition (by invitation) in Germany 2017, 1st place at a concert in Russia in 2018, where she was invited by the great featured Conductor Vladimir Spivakov who was so excited about her talent that he even gave her a violin as a gift.

Tamar performs complex compositions of famous composers, among them Nicolo Paganini, Felix Mendelssohn, Alan Hovhaness, Antonio Bazzini, and Pablo de Sarasate.

Currently, she lives and studies in Great Britain, at Chetham’s Music School, Manchester, with full funding, earned due to her great talent. She says she was advised to continue her studies abroad so as to gain a greater wealth of experience and career advancement. Tamar’s performance left a great impression on foreign listeners and that is why they invited her to the UK, funded her studies and today she, with the help of the best teachers at the age of 15, is learning and developing her wonderful profession. Having already performed at concerts in the UK, she plans to perform at a competition in Italy in the near future.

She says she has no trouble studying or living abroad. After graduating from school, she plans to enroll at the Royal College of Music and continue her studies. At this tender age, she already knows exactly what she wants, why she is there and knows she is going to dedicate her entire life to music. An admirable feat for a child, and just as rewarding for the people of Georgia who stand behind her.

By Mariam Merabishvili

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