Night Serenades Festival featuring renowned musical artists, workshops for young people

Internationally acclaimed names in classical music and educational events for young performers are two of the highlights of this year’s Night Serenades International Music Festival, which welcomes listeners to two of Georgia’s largest cities.

Pianist Gloria Campaner, clarinettist Alessandro Carbonare and bandoneonist Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi are among the headliners of the event, alongside the violinist Andres Gabetta and the festival’s Georgian Virtuosi Orchestra.

Attendees of the program’s events will also find German clarinetist Sabine Grofmeier and American pianist Katie Mahan on the programme, while a series of master classes, workshops and open lectures have been developed for emerging artists.

The trio of Campaner, Carbonare and Pietrodarchi are due to perform at the Grand Hall of the Tbilisi State Conservatory later this month, in the second stage of the festival which will follow the first concerts held at the Batumi State Drama Theater in the Black Sea city on last month.

The two-day billing at the Tbilisi venue will see the three artists deliver renditions of music by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, while Gabetta and the festival orchestra will use their place in the program to deliver works by Antonio Vivaldi.

In the educational sections of the festival, international guest artists will join their Georgian counterparts, music teachers and artists to support young talent both in the country’s capital and in other regions.

These events will welcome students from music schools at different levels of education, including students with disabilities, with the organizers also seeking to facilitate the sharing of experience not only between performers but also with the public.

Previous festival event revealed A celebration of musica book about the career of internationally renowned violinist and conductor Liana Issakadze, founder of Night Serenades.

Born in Tbilisi, Issakadze gave her first solo violin concert at the age of 10 in 1956, her later career heavily influenced by the support and guidance of renowned Soviet violinist David Oistrakh, the emerging artist working as an assistant during two years.

A recipient of the 1965 Grand Prix at the Marguerite Long and Jacques Thibaud International Competition in Paris, Issakadze also won first place at the 1970 Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki.

Violinist and conductor, she distinguished herself for her performing career with the titles of People’s Artist of the Soviet Union and the Order of Honor of Georgia.

She founded the Night Serenades festival in 1983 in the northwestern region of Georgia, Abkhazia. Interrupted by the 1992-93 armed conflict in the region, the event was revived in the resort town of Borjomi in central Georgia.

It took its current form in Batumi in the 2000s and has hosted artists and bands including pianist Yuri Povolotsky, clarinettists Alex and Daniel Gurfinkel, and German conductor Justus Frantz in its editions.

William N. Fernandez