Vakhtang Matchavariani

Composer, Conductor


Vakhtang Matchavariani has collaborated with over 80 orchestras and over 25 opera houses around the world. He has been associated with great orchestras, such as Philharmonia Orchestra London, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, Orchestre National de France, Belgian National Orchestra, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Large Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra of USSR, Symphony Orchestra of Ministry of Culture of USSR, Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra St. Petersburg, Presidential Symphony Orchestra Ankara and many other prominent orchestras.

Vakhtang Matchavariani received his musical education at Tbilisi Central Music School and the Tbilisi State Conservatory, initially as a pianist. Later he studied conducting at Tbilisi State Conservatory with Odisey Dimitiriadi, with Gennadi Rozhdestvensky at the Moscow State Conservatory, and finally with Karl Österreicher, at the Vienna Music Academy.

Vakhtang Matchavariani has worked with several great soloists, such as Margaret Price, Boris Berezovsky, Michail Rudy, Renato Bruson, Katia Riciarelli, Alexander Toradze, Liana Isakadze and numerous other great musicians.

Vakhtang Matchavariani is also a composer. He has composed a Concertino for Piano & Orchestra, Symphonic poem “Nacarqeqia”, Symphony Nr. 1 “Harmonia Mundi” in 4 movements (recorded), 10 Sonnets on Shakespeare’s words for Mezzo Soprano and orchestra (recorded). Currently he is working on an opera “Richard III”, by Shakespeare. The Libretto is by Vakhtang Matchavariani. Maestro Matchavariani wrote the Libretto for Alexi Matchavari’s opera “Medea” and he is also a co-composer of the final scene of the 1st act for opera “Medea”. In 2020 he wrote following compositions: “Dedication to Ludwig van B” for Strings, Piano and Timpani, to 250 birthday of Beethoven. “Impressions 2020” for solo Viola, Mezzo Soprano, Piano, Celesta, Arpe and 7 Percussionists playng on 12 instruments. The pease is expressing the feelings in Pandemy time. He wrote as well a Song; “Wait, O my soul” on words of Merab Kostava, and a Composition for 12 instruments in 12 tune system.

As a publicist V. Matchavariani has authored several Essays, a book “You-Eternal Sorceress”, a book “The Birth of the Opera” and the number of articles. Currently he is working on a new book: “Humans with Zigzag towards the Black Hole”.

Vakhtang Matchavariani is a son of a great Georgian composer Alexi Matchavariani and a grandson of a famous Choir Conductor Kirile Pachkoria.

For his significant accomplishments in performing arts Maestro Vakhtang Matchavariani was awarded the Georgia’s highest and most prestigious Medal of Brilliance and Excellency.