Shavleg Shilakadze (b.21.02.1940,Tbilisi), Georgian composer and conductor, Professor, Artistic director of the Chamber orchestra “Concertino Tbilissi”.
He graduated from Tbilisi Conservatoire’s Viola (Prof. A. Begalishvili, Prof. L. Iashvili) and Composition (Prof. O. Taktakishvili). He also studied at Opera-Symphony
Conducting faculty (Prof. O. Dimitriadi) and Graduated Leningrad (Sankt-Petersburg) N. Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (Prof. N.S.Rabinovich, Prof. A.S. Dmitriev).
In 1959-1969 he played viola in the Georgian State Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. He made his debut as composer in 1959, and as a conductor in 1967.
1969-1984 he worked at Tbilisi Music College. (Student orchestra, Chamber music, Study of musical instruments) and 1984-2014 at the Tbilisi Conservatoire
(Opera singing department, Student Symphony orchestra, Conducting, Study of musical instruments, Instrumentation), 1973-74 he headed the Georgian
Philharmonic Chamber orchestra, 1976-77 he worked as head of the Chamber Music Department of Georgian State Philharmonic Society.
In 1976 he founded chamber ensemble “Camerata Tbilissi” which he headed until 1985. Together with this ensemble he has given about 300 concerts both in Georgia and in the major halls of cultural
centers of the former USSR.
In 1988 he founded Chamber orchestra “Concertino Tbilissi”, which he heads to this day. Together with Concertino Tbilissi he has given numerous concerts both in Georgia and abroad – in Germany, Spain,
Switzerland and in Great Britain.
In 1999-2002 he was invited as a resident conductor to the Cairo Art Academy Symphony Orchestra. This orchestra under Sh. Shilakadze’s baton gave concerts in Cairo and Alexandria, five concerts in Spain,
at Murcia International Festival of Young Orchestras, successfully collaborated with the Cairo Chamber orchestra “Amadeus”.
Mr. Shilakadze’s conducting Repertoire includes numerous pieces of chamber, symphonic, cantata-oratorical, orchestra-instrumental and opera music, works of world classical music (XVII-XXI sent.) as well as
works by Georgian composers.
Main compositions by Shavleg Shilakadze: 5 Symphonies (N3 “Epitaph” for 16 Strings, N5 “Psalms”) 5 Cantatas, oratorio “penitential Hymns” after David the Builder, Concerto for Orchestra, 10 instrumental
concertos, 4 string quartets, chamber and vocal music, music for choir etc.
Shavleg Shilakadze has been a member of Georgian Composers’ Union since 1973. He received an Order of Honor in 2000; he’s a laureate of National Prize (2012). Mr. Shilakadze has received a number of
international arts scholarships in Germany and Switzerland (2004-2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017).