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Monday, October 31, 2011

Tbilisi Wind Festival

Place: Tbilisi Georgia
Time: 14th-18th of November, Conservatory Recital Hall and Marjanishvili Theater

Tbilisi Wind Festival is the first wind instrument festival ever held in Georgia. The idea of creating and founding this event was born couple of years ago and this year we are happy to organize our third edition of the festival.
The aim of the festival is to increase the interest to the wind instruments and chamber music in the country and to create a better school of wind playing, which is the main foundation of a good Orchestra.
Every year we are honored to host fantastic foreign and Georgian instrumentalist for concerts and master classes. The festival became a part of Georgian cultural scene and concerts and master classes are fully attended by the audience.

Official Tbilisi Wind Festival Website:

Levan Tskhadadze
Founder and Artistic Director of the Tbilisi Wind Festival

Please click here to view a presentation about the Festival, its history and its goals. (PDF)
Festival Program 2011

16th of November at 19:00 in Conservatory Recital HallDvorak - American Quartet in F major (transcribed for wind quintet)
Kersten McCall - flute,
Giorgi Gvantseladze – oboe,
Levan Tskhadadze - clarinet,
Bram van Sambeek – bassoon,
horn - n.k.
Gabunia - Sonata for Trumpet, Piano and Percussion
Frits Damrow – trumpet,
Nino Gvetadze – piano,
Wim Vos - percussion
Dvorak - Serenade for winds, cello and double bass in D minor, Op. 44 (B. 77)
Giorgi Gvantseladze, Zurab Gvantseladze – oboe,
Levan Tskhadadze, Davit Jishkariani – clarinet,
Bram van Sambeek, Murtaz Matskepladze – bassoon,
Koka Chaduneli, Bachana Bekauri – horn,
Hayk Babayan – cello,
Giorgi Makhoshvili - double bass
17th of November at 19:00 in Marjanishvili TheaterSaint-Saens - Carnival of the Animals
Kersten McCall – flute,
Levan Tskhadadze - clarinet,
Nino Gvetadze – Piano,
Georgian Sinfonietta and Levan Tsuladze - narrator
Gabunia - The Fable
Kersten McCall – flute,
Levan Tskhadadze, Davit Jishkariani, Nodar Bitsadze – clarinet,
Bram van Sambeek – bassoon,
Giorgi Makhoshvili – double bass,
Nino Gvetadze – piano,
Davit Zatiashvili, Paata Tsetskhaldze, Zurab Tskrialashvili – singers
Levan Tsuladze - narrator
Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf
Kersten McCall – flute,
Giorgi Gvantseladze – oboe,
Levan Tskhadadze – clarinet,
Bram van Sambeek – bassoon,
Koka Chaduneli, Bachana Bekauri – horn,
Frits Damrow – trumpet,
Mamuka Bekauri – trombone,
Georgian Sinfonietta,
Levan Tsuladze - narrator
18th of November at 19:00 in Conservatory Recital HallOpera Evening
Verdi/Bassi - Fantasia Brillante on the Themes from Rigoletto for Clarinet
and String Quintet
Levan Tskhadadze – clarinet,
Georgian State String Quartet and Giorgi Makhoshvili – double bass
Rossini - Concerto for Bassoon and String Quintet
Bram van Sambeek – bassoon,
Georgian State String Quartet and Giorgi Makhoshvili – double bass
Donizetti/Pasculli - La Favorita for Oboe and String Quintet
Giorgi Gvantseladze – oboe,
Georgian State String Quartet and
Giorgi Makhoshvili – double bass
Weber/Taffanel - Fantsie sur le “Freyschutz” for Flute and String Quintet
Kersten McCall – flute,
Georgian State String Quartet and Giorgi Makhoshvili – double bass
Ponchielli – Concerto for Trumpet and Brass Quintet
Frits Damrow – trumpet and Georgian Brass

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Project of Mutual Co-Operation between Georgia and Estonia Launched

The project “Facilitating Vocational Education Development in Georgia” has been activated from October 2011 between the Ministries of Education and Science of Georgia and Estonia. The presentation of the project was held at the “Courtyard Marriott” hotel during a seminar. Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, Irine Kurdadze, Estonian Ambassador to Georgia, Tomas Luke, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and Estonia and the heads of Vocational Education Institutions of Estonia and Georgia participated in the seminar.

An “agreement of mutual cooperation” was signed between eight Georgian and eight Estonian Vocational Education Institutions during the seminar, according to which exchange programs of students, teachers and experts will be launched between the abovementioned institutions. Experience sharing, curriculum development, adjustment to EU standards, joint seminars and conferences, training courses in both countries are also envisaged in the agreement. The project is fully financed by the Estonian side.

The following Vocational Education Schools are involved in the project from Georgian side: "New Wave" - Kobuleti, "IC" - Katchreti, IT-Tbilisi, "Iberia" - Kutaisi, "Mermisi" - Tbilisi, "Professional" - Tbilisi, "Ikaros" - Tbilisi and Batumi Maritime Academy.

The cooperation between Georgia and Estonia started a few years ago and the development of Vocational Education strategic plans represents continuation of the joint endeavor.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Georgia's Kobiashvili enjoys 100-cap honour

Georgia may have lost at home to Greece in their concluding UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier but Levan Kobiashvili had cause for cheer at Tbilisi's Mikheil Meskhi stadium after becoming his country's first 100-cap player.

The midfielder – who has played more than 300 Bundesliga games for SC Freiburg, FC Schalke 04 and current club Hertha BSC Berlin – is 34 yet remains hungry for more despite having started 99 matches from that century of appearances. "Every game for Georgia is a special occasion and a great responsibility for me," he told

"Despite my age, I'm always ready for action and have the same will to win. It doesn't always end this way, but I feel happy just to have been part of the national team for so long. In the future I will tell my children about this period. It has had its difficulties and sad moments, but you can't avoid things like that."

Former FC Metalurgi Rustavi and FC Dinamo Tbilisi prospect Kobiashvili was a Georgian youth international in 1994, before making his senior bow two years later. He can look back on "many notable moments – my goals, the pain of defeat, the joy we gave our fans". However, it is "the victory against Croatia in this qualifying round that stands out," he says, citing Georgia's 1-0 win over Group F's second-placed finishers last March – a game settled by Kobiashvili's 90th-minute goal. "I hope there will be many more great matches. I still feel fit and well, I play in the Bundesliga, so I hope to be of use to my country for a while yet.

"I remember my first match, a friendly against Norway in Oslo in 1996. I didn't even expect to be in the squad, but coach Aleksandr Chivadze put me in the starting lineup. We played well only to concede from the spot and it was me who gave away the penalty. However, I got enormous support from everyone in the dressing room."

A year later he helped Georgia register a goalless home draw with Italy in FIFA World Cup qualifying. "I almost lost my mind when I first faced Italy," Kobiashvili said. "Instead of warming up like usual, I just stared at our opponents, all their legendary players. But when the game started there was no mercy from me. They had to be satisfied with a point in Tbilisi.

"When I started playing I didn't think about personal records. I dreamt of representing my country at a major tournament, but unfortunately it wasn't to be. Recently I said that I'll have this honour as a coach, but it was a joke – coaching is extremely tough and I don't fancy becoming one. Football is my life and I'll probably stay in it, though I'm not sure in what role."

As one of the latest recipients of the UEFA award for players winning 100 caps, Kobiashvili added: "On Tuesday, before the Greece match, I fully understood the feelings of those players who have received or will receive this award. My family and I were really happy and it wasn't an everyday emotion. I will cherish it for the rest of my life. But it's not just my achievement – I owe this award to all the people I have worked and played with for the last 15 years. They all played their part and I want to thank them."

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Georgia says no deal in talks on Russia WTO entry

By Margarita Antidze
TBILISI | Sat Oct 8, 2011 4:16pm EDT
(Reuters) - Talks between bitter rivals Georgia and Russia over Moscow's bid to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) ended without agreement on Saturday, and Georgia said it would block Russian accession unless Moscow's position changes.

The failure to resolve a dispute rooted in a 2008 war between the ex-Soviet republics undermines Russia's chances of joining the WTO this year, a target set by Moscow and the United States, and could worsen Russia's relations with the West.

"The negotiations are over and we can say that they collapsed, ended with no result at all," Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergi Kapanadze, the head of his country's delegation to the talks in Switzerland, told Reuters by telephone.

Since the WTO, a 153-nation trade rules body, makes decisions by consensus, Georgia -- a pro-Western NATO aspirant -- has an effective veto over membership for the much larger Russia.

Kapanadze said the sticking point was Russia's refusal to let Georgia have access to information about trade in the breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which Moscow recognized as independent nations after the five-day war.

"Georgia cannot give its consent to Russia's entry to the WTO until Russia changes its position on trade within the occupied territories," Kapanadze said, referring to the two regions, where Russia maintains sizable military forces.

Kapanadze said the talks were the last agreed round of negotiations "and we do not see any sense in continuing talks just for the sake of talks." But a Russian source close to negotiations said they would resume on October 17.

Russia is the largest economy outside the 153-member world trade rules body, which it has been seeking to enter since 1993.

Georgia halted WTO talks with Russia in April 2008 after the Kremlin ordered the lifting of economic sanctions against Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the run-up to the war that August.

Russian forces repelled a Georgian attempt to regain control of South Ossetia, which has long been outside the sway of the central government in Tbilisi.

Almost all remaining trade issues between Russia and WTO members including the United States and European Union have been resolved since U.S. President Barack Obama made support for Russia's bid a part of efforts to improve ties with Moscow.

Senior negotiators have said that it would be possible to formally admit Russia at a ministerial meeting in December if accession talks remain on track.

In pointed remarks this week, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin urged the United States and the European Union to help overcome Georgia's objections. [ID:nL5E7L62JE]

Failure to bring Russia into the WTO soon could damage relations between Russia and the West as Putin prepares to return to the presidency in an election next March.

Kapanadze suggested Georgia did not feel heat from the West, saying there was "no pressure on Georgia on this issue."

(Additional reporting by Gleb Bryanski in Moscow and Tom Miles in Geneva; Writing by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Steve Gutterman and Mark Heinrich)