Internationally recognised musical artists, local performers and emerging young talent will make Georgia’s Black Sea city of Batumi the place to go for classical music enthusiasts during the Batumi Music Fest in early September.
The ten-day festival organised by the Lyra Foundation of internationally celebrated Georgian pianist Elisso Bolkvadze will be held under high patronage of the UNESCO between September 1-10.
This festival is also supported by the President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport.
Bolkvadze established the festival through her charity foundation in 2013. Thanks to their effort the event became the first Georgian festival to join the European Festivals Association in 2015.
Recognised as the only cultural project in Georgia bearing the UNESCO title, the festival aims to support young promising musicians and to help them pave the path to the wider international audience.
The celebration of classical music will not be limited to artist appearances — the Music Fest will also host an “art camp” programme of trainings for up to 300 young people from various parts of Georgia.
Born in Tbilisi, Elisso Bolkvadze performed at her first concert with orchestra at age seven, before embarking on a stellar career yielding awards for her performances and cultural promotion.
The Georgian pianist launched her international career in Switzerland and France before worldwide recognition made her a much coveted artist across Europe and the United States.
The award-winning pianist has performed at venues including the Konzerthaus Berlin, Kennedy Centre in Washington and Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris.
She has been recognised with cultural awards including the Order of Arts and Literature, a top French state prize.
Bolkvadze also became Georgia's first UNESCO Artist for Peace when she was awarded the title by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova in 2015.