Josef Bardanashvili


Georgian composer, now resident in Israel, of stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works that have been performed throughout Europe and elsewhere.

Mr. Bardanashvili studied composition with Aleksandre Shaverzashvili at the Conservatory of Music in Tbilisi, where he earned his DMus in 1975.

Among his honours are the title of Honoured Artist of Georgia (1988), the Zakaria Paliashvili Prize (1997), the title Composer of the Year from ACUM (1998), the Margalit Prize (1999, for Dybbuk [incidental music]), the Award of the Israeli Prime Minister (2000), and the Mifal Chaim Prize for Lifetime Achievement from ACUM (2002). His music has been performed in Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Russia, Serbia, the UK, and the USA.

Mr. Bardanashvili is also active in other positions. He served as director of the College of Music in Batumi from 1986–91 and as Deputy Minister of Culture for the Autonomous Republic of Adjara in Georgia in 1993–94. He also served as composer-in-residence to the Rustaveli National Theatre in Tbilisi in 1975–76 and in 1988 and to the Ra'anana Sinfonietta from 1996–99. In addition, his paintings have been exhibited in Georgia and Israel.

He taught at Camera Obscura College in 1998–99 and at Tel Aviv University from 1998–2000.

He has lived in Israel since 1995.

In addition to the works listed below, he has composed much music for films and stage productions.

Speaker materials