Giorgi Zagareli / viola

Giorgi Zagareli at Badagoni Winery © Juda
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Giorgi Zagareli is one of Georgia’s greatest soloist performers and equals any world-renowned viola player - no less than revered Georgian composer Giya Kancheli said - and has, despite his young age, a wonderful sound, and perfectly perceives musical form and dramaturgy, showing qualities, natural talent, that cannot be taught.


Also celebrated violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet praises Zagareli’s musical erudition, his brilliant innate acumen in immediately sensing and grasping the substance, heart and spirit of musical works, emphatically pointing out his God-given talent, his very special sound and his captivatingly creative easiness to render the same phrase differently each time, and considers him a true asset to the development of music for viola for the impressive number of compositions written for him.


Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1986, Giorgi Zagareli studied viola at Tbilisi State Conservatoire from 2003 till 2007. He continued his studies in Detmold, Leipzig and Basel until 2013, also attending various master classes (Kronberg, Astona, Chigiana, etc.) and studying with Maestro Yuri Bashmet.


In 2014 he recorded Giya Kancheli's “Miniatures for Viola and Piano“ with Nikoloz Rachveli as dedicatees and performed the European premiere with celebrated pianist Mikhail Muntian in Siena, Italy.


Giorgi Zagareli world-premiered Sulkhan Nasidze’s Viola Concerto (1987) with the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra (2008) and is the first to have executed works for viola by Walton, Berio, Feldman, Xenakis, Stravinsky, Penderecki, Ligeti and Mansurian in Georgia. He also premiered young Georgian composer Zviad Bolkvadze’s “In Memoriam” (for Viola, Soprano, Men's Choir and Orchestra) commissioned by the National Music Center of Georgia and composed for him especially. And, together with Tigran Mansurian in person, also performed the Georgian premiere of the Armenian composer’s “Arias” for Viola and Piano.


As soloist Giorgi Zagareli has cooperated with Basel Orchestra, youth orchestras of Leipzig and Detmold, Rijeka Opera Symphony Orchestra, Pärnu Symphony Orchestra, Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, Azerbaijan State Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of National Philharmonic of Ukraine, as well as with Tbilisi Symphony, Georgian Sinfonietta, Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra and Trinity Men's Choir.

And has participated as soloist and chamber musician at Young Euro Classic, Zaubersee-Luzern, Moscow Choir Fest, Basel Contemporary Music, Leipzig String, Telavi, Cello Plus and at many other important international festivals and appointments.

Collaborating with world-famous artists such as Gidon Kremer, Natalia Gutman, Andres Mustonen, Ariel Zuckermann, Marine Iashvili, Kola Blacher, Alexander Buzlov, Anita Rachvelishvili, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, and performing on the same bill as Kim Kashkashian, David Geringas, Sergei Nakariakov, Eliso Virsaladze, Lisa Batiashvili and Paata Burchuladze. Recently he has also performed for and shared stage with international ballet superstar Nino Ananiashvili.


Giorgi Zagareli is also one of the founders of the Contemporary Music Festival "Kontrapunkt" in Tbilisi and Artist in Residence of the National Music Center of Georgia.


In January 2016 he received Georgia’s most prominent state prize, the Tsinandali Award, for his brilliant performance of Giya Kancheli’s “Styx” with Nikoloz Rachveli’s New Georgian Philharmonic at Young Euro Classic at Berlin Konzerthaus in August 2015.


Giorgi Zagareli plays a Modern Italian Viola Cesare Candi (Genova) from the private collection of Dr. Paul Roden.

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Viola Concertos:

- Franz Anton Hoffmeister - Viola Concerto

- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante 

- William Walton - Viola Concerto

- Béla Bartók - Viola Concerto

- Paul Hindemith - "Schwanendreher"

- Max Bruch - Double Concerto

- Alfred Schnittke - Viola Concerto

- Arvo Pärt - Tabula Rasa

- A. Schnittke - Konzert zu Dritt

Works for Viola and Orchestra:

- M. Bruch - Romanze

- György Kurtág - Movement

- P. Hindemith - Trauermusik

- Benjamin Britten - Lachrymae 

- M. Bruch - Kol Nidrei

- Morton Feldman - The Viola in My Life

- Tomaso Antonio Vitali - Ciaconna

Viola and Piano:

- Franz Schubert - Arpeggione

- B. Britten - Lachrymae 

- Robert Schumann - Märchenbilder

- Dmitri Shostakovich - Viola Sonata

- Mikhail Glinka - Viola Sonata

- P. Hindemith - Viola Sonatas

- Johannes Brahms - Viola Sonatas

- J. Brahms - Scherzo

- A. Pärt - Spiegel im Spiegel

- Tigran Mansurian - Arias

Solo Viola:

- Johann Sebastian Bach - 6 Cello Suites

- Max Reger - 3 Suites

- Henri Vieuxtemps - Capriccio

- Niccolò Paganini - Caprice No. 16

- Igor Stravinsky- Elegy

- Krysztof Penderecki - Cadenza

- György Ligeti - Solo Sonata

- P. Hindemith - Solo Sonata op.25 / 1

- Luciano Berio - Sequenza VI

- Iannis Xenakis - Embellie

Georgian Music 

- Sulkhan Nasidze - Concerto for Viola and Strings (1987)

- Vazha Azarashvili- Viola concerto (1973); Sonata for 2 Violas (1979)

- Joseb Bardanashvili - Viola Concerto "Postludium" (2003); Metamorphosis for Viola and Piano 

- Zviad Bolkvadze - Concerto "In Memoriam" for Viola , Orchestra and Men's Choir feat. Soprano (2013) (dedicated to Giorgi Zagareli)

- Zurab Nadareishvili - For Solo Viola (2009)

- Nikoloz Rachveli- "The Answer" for Orchestra feat. Viola, Flute, Piano and Tape (2013) (dedicated to Ariel Zuckermann and Giorgi Zagareli)

Works by Giya Kancheli:

Styx; Liturgy - “Mourned by the Wind"; Chiaroscuro; Twilight; Silent Prayer; Caris Mere; Abii ne vide rem; 18 Miniatures for Viola and Piano

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