Andrea Balanchivadze / ანდრეა ბალანჩივაძე

Andrea Balanchivadze (1906 – 1992) graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory in 1927 and then, in 1931, from Leningrad Conservatory. He became the musical director of several theatres in Georgia from 1931 to 1934 and then, professor at the Tbilisi Conservatory in 1942 and served as an artistic director of the Georgian State Symphony Orchestra from 1941 to 1948. Chair (1953), and first secretary (1955-61, 1968-72) of of the Union of Georgian Composer. He composed the first Georgian ballet “The Heart of the Mountains” (1936), numerous symphonies, piano concerts, and other compositions heavily contributed to Georgian classical music.

He carried the titles of the People’s Artist of Georgia (1957) and People’s Artist of the Soviet Union (1968). He was awarded several prizes, including the USSR State Prize (1944) and the Shota Rustaveli State Prize (1969).

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