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Tamara GVERDTSITELI

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).

In the early 1970s, she was a soloist of the children pop ensemble “Mziuri” that performed both nationally and internationally.

The singer is a graduate of the Vano Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire (piano and composition).

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

She performed as a guest singer at the festivals in Sopot (Poland) and Sanremo (Italy).

The singer went on tours as a soloist of the Variety Symphony Orchestra of the State Television and Radio of Georgia.

She was awarded the Lenin Komsomol Prize (1984).

In 1991, at the invitation of Michel Legrand, she gave her first concert in “Olympia” Music Hall (Paris, France).

Prizewinner of the Shchepkin Theatre Festival (2005, play “Man of La Mancha”), Tamara Gverdtsiteli performed with A. Kozlov ensemble in Carnegie Hall (New York, 1995), and “Michel Legrand presents Tamara Gverdtsiteli” event (New York, 1996). She 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.

She was awarded A.S. Pushkin Silver Medal “for contribution to the development of culture and art” (2008).

For many years Tamara Gverdtsiteli has been taking part in the international vocal contests as a member of the jury.

She performs songs in Georgian, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish, English, Ukrainian, Armenian, German, Hebrew and other languages.

She speaks Georgian, Russian, English, French, Italian and Hebrew.

 The singer has toured in Europe and America.

Discography: “Debut. Tamara Gverdtsiteli” (minion, 1982), “Music. Tamara Gverdtsiteli Sings” (1985), “A 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!”, “I Dreamed the Sky Yesterday” (2002), “Selected” (2003), “Music, the Temple of the Soul” (2004), “Air Kiss”, “Selected” (2008), “The Best” (2 CD, 2009), “Momel” (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).

Tamara Gverdtsiteli is the holder of numerous awards including “Persons” (2000), “Pilar” (2001), “Person of the Year” (2002), the Einstein award “for outstanding contribution to the development of arts and culture and strengthening of friendship between peoples” (2005), “Honorary Patron of the Arts and Philanthropist of the World-2005”, “Good Angel of Peace” (nomination “for goodness and mercy” (2006)), “Golden Star” in the nomination “for the noble purity and charm” (2006), “Best of the Best” (2006), “The Kremlin Grand” (the title “International recognition”, 2007), “Peace Keeper” (2008); “Crystal Cube PS” (2008), “Chanson of Year” (2017).

She is the recipient of the Orders “Honor” (1998), “for Revival of Russia. XXI century“ (2003),  “Saint Sophia” (2006), “Peacemaker” (2006), Honor (2010), Catherine the Great I Degree (2007), the Order of Diaghilev I Degree (2007), and “Professional of Russia” Medal (2005).

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

In the years that followed she participated in the gala concerts of 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...”, anniversary concerts, creative evenings, concerts of “Festival Without Borders”, events dedicated to the celebration of the Day of Vitebsk, and charity concert programs.

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