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Balanchivadze, Meliton

Born: 1862 AD
Died: 1937 AD
Nationality: Georgian
Categories: Composers

1862 – Born on December 24th in Banodzha. Georgian composer and music public figure, one of the creators of Georgian professional music.

1877-1879 – Balanchivadze’s first serious music practice took place, when he took lessons from Aushev, a choir conductor.

1880 – Studied privately and sang in the chorus at the Tbilisi O, then studying St Petersburg with Rimsky-Korsakov.

1882 – Started his music public activities as a Georgian folkloric songs’ enthusiast and collector.

1889-1890 – Entered Petersburg Conservatoire, Vocal Department, and a year later, following the advice from the then director of the Conservatoire, A. Rubinstein, transferred to Composer Department where he learned from N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov and took harmony lessons from Y.I. Iogansen.

1918 – He founded a music school in Kutaisi.

1921 – Was the head of the music department of Georgian SSR (Soviet Socialist Republic) People’s Education Commissariat.

1926-1927 – Finished his opera Tamar Tsbieri (titled Daredjan Tsbieri in the second edition) and wrote a cantata Slava ZAGES (Vive the Transcaucasian Hydroelectric Plant).

1937 – Died on November 21st in Kutaisi.