World-renowned classical music stars have again returned to Georgia for a series of concerts in solidarity with those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Classical music lovers gathered over 12 magical days, featuring 24 world-renowned artists and 33 concerts, to reaffirm Tsinandali’s international reputation as a leading cultural forum in Georgia and the wider region.
Hosted from September 8-19 at the historical Tsinandali Estate, the series of concerts boasted an impressive line-up of artists for classical music lovers to enjoy, including: Yefim Bronfman, Lisa Batiashvili, Christoph Eschenbach, Lahav Shani, Gianandrea Noseda, Mischa Maisky, Thomas Hampson, Elena Bashkirova, Vadim Repin, Fazil Say, Alexander Ramm, Sergei Redkin, Mao Fujita, Marc Bouchkov, and many more.
Tsinandali’s longstanding commitment to promoting young classical music talent was also on display, even despite the absence of the Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra due to pandemic restrictions. In addition to concerts by a number of young classical music stars, including 10-year-old piano prodigy Tsotne Zedginidze, Tsinandali also saw international maestros hold masterclasses for young Georgian musicians.
George Ramishvili, Chairman of Silk Road Group and Founder of Tsinandali Festival, said: “Building peace and solidarity between peoples, through a shared love of music and culture, is central to our vision for Tsinandali. These concerts have helped to bring some joy to people during a difficult period, while inspiring the next generation of classical music stars.”
Concerts were held at the open-air amphitheatre, observing social distancing rules. A partnership between Tsinandali and a local testing supplier enabled concert attendees to access PCR and lateral flow tests to gain entry to the site.
Silknet has proudly sponsored classical music at Tsinandali since the inception of Tsinandali Festival in 2019.