Nino Janjgava

(b. 29 July 1964, Tbilisi).

Georgian composer of mostly stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, and vocal works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and North America.

Ms. Janjgava studied composition with Aleksi Machavariani, orchestration with Sulkhan Tsintsadze and polyphony with Archil Chimakadze at the Conservatory of Music in Tbilisi, where she graduated in 1988 and where she then had postgraduate studies in composition with Sulkhan Tsintsadze from 1988–90.

Among her honours is Third Prize in a competition for young composers in Moscow (1986, for Three Poems by Jarji Pkhoveli). Her music has been performed in Armenia, Azerbaijan, France, Georgia, Germany, Russia, and the USA.

She is also active in other positions. She founded the choral–instrumental ensemble Theatre of Sound in Tbilisi in 2006 and has served as its director since 2006.


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Sorrow of the Mind (incidental music, play by Avksenty Tsagareli), 1988

Two Days in a Colonel's Life (incidental music, play by David Kobakhidze, Nugzar Lortkipanidze), 1990

Betrayal (incidental music, play by Aleksandre Sumbatashvili-Iujini), 1991

Died and Married Afterward (incidental music, play by Giorgi Eristavi), 1993

Uncle Tick-Tock's Journey (opera for children in 1 act and 4 scenes, libretto by Liana Moistrafishvili), 2 female voices, 2 male voices, small orchestra (4 winds, 2 French horns, B-flat trumpet, tuba, celesta, strings), 1993

Andromeda's Constellation (ballet in 1 act and 12 scenes, scenario by Nugzar Gogiashvili), mixed chorus, large orchestra (8 winds, 10 brass, piano, timpani, 8 percussion, strings), Op. 18, 1994

Berikoni (incidental music, play by Merab Eliozishvili), 1995

Lysistrata (incidental music, play by Aristophanes [translated by Panteleimon Beradze]), 1997

Sulkiness (incidental music, play by Akaki Tsereteli), 1997

Blue Hedgehog (incidental music, play by A. Popescu), 2000

Ten – The Shadow (incidental music, play by Evgeny Shvarts), 2002

Hey, you knights in Tiger Skin (incidental music, play by Lali Kekelidze), 2002

Le Petit Chaperon rouge (incidental music, play by Charles Perrault [translated by Manana Abramishvili]), 2004

Khanuma (incidental music, play by Avksenty Tsagareli), 2005

Poker (ballet in 8 scenes, scenario by Lali Kekelidze), small orchestra (flute, oboe, clarinet, B-flat trumpet, trombone, piano, timpani, 3 percussion, strings), Op. 39, 2005

Madam Moor (incidental music, play by Jean Marsan), 2006

Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder (incidental music, play by Bertolt Brecht), 2009

Khanuma (incidental music, play by Avksenty Tsagareli), 2009

Raggedy Ann (incidental music, play by William Gibson), 2010

Luarsab the Martyr (incidental music, play by Ilia Chavchavadze), 2015


Three Miniatures after Gianni Rodari, small orchestra (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, B-flat trumpet, timpani, strings), 1987

Concerto for Orchestra, Op. 2, 1988

Transformation, orchestra (10 brass, piano, timpani, 3 percussion, 30 strings), Op. 10, 1990

The Clock of the Watchmaker Tick-TockThe Clock Has Stopped Showing the Time, string orchestra, Op. 17, 1993 (its two sections may be performed separately)

Ellipsis, French horn, B-flat trumpet, piano, string orchestra, Op. 20, 1994

Call and Palindrome, French horn, B-flat trumpet, piano, string orchestra, Op. 24, 1996

Hello, Sorrow, piano, 15 strings, Op. 25, 1996

75 x 22, orchestra (4 French horns, 2 B-flat trumpets, harp, piano, timpani, 6 percussion, 22 strings), Op. 30, 1999

A Story about Don Quixote, who swam through the ocean full of Tritons and continued the way, piano, 11 strings, Op. 32, 2000

Golden Music, symphonic band (20 winds, 17 brass, harp, piano, timpani, 4 percussion, cello, double bass), Op. 46, 2010

Concerto, oboe, harp, small orchestra, Op. 51, 2012

Alikhe-malikhe (concerto), piano, small orchestra (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, xylophone, triangle, strings), Op. 55, 2013

Adagio, string orchestra, Op. 56, 2013

The Edge (concerto), piano, small orchestra (timpani, strings), Op. 57, 2013

The rose hip is blooming with such ease, viola, string orchestra (6 violins, 3 violas, 2 cellos, double bass), Op. 62, 2015

Music for Georgian Brass #1, brass band, Op. 63, 2015

Independence Day, symphonic band, Op. 73, 2016

Joyous March, symphonic band, Op. 74, 2016


Scherzo, bassoon, piano, 1984

Passacaglia, violin, cello, piano, 1987

Composition in C, flute, harpsichord, string quartet, Op. 1, 1987

Reminiscences, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, double bass, Op. 4, 1988

Consonance, 6 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos, Op. 9, 1989

Adagio, violin, piano, Op. 8, 1989–90

Circles, violin, piano, Op. 14, 1992

Consonance, French horn, B-flat trumpet, trombone, tuba, Op. 15, 1993

Arabesques, alto saxophone, harp, cello, Op. 22, 1995

83 Measures, 4 saxophones, Op. 23, 1995

Four Letters to Sancho, violin, viola, cello, piano, Op. 27, 1997

Heragramme, oboe, bassoon, violin, cello, piano, Op. 28, 1998

Emerald, clarinet, bassoon, piano, Op. 34, 2001

Free Pass, flute, guitar, piano, udu (percussion instrument from Nigeria), fixed media, Op. 35, 2001

Medianta, or the reunification of three, string quartet, Op. 36, 2002

Mi bemolle e Re diesis, guitar, 6 violas, Op. 37, 2002

Contemplation, violin, cello, piano, Op. 38, 2002

From Visible to Invisible, sopranino recorder (+ soprano recorder, alto recorder, tenor recorder, bass recorder), 2 guitars, Op. 41, 2006

Huge universe seen from a small window, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, Op. 43, 2008

Piece for St. Nicholas, 4 guitars, Op. 47, 2010

To Infinity, 2 cellos, piano, Op. 48, 2011

Psalm XXII, 4 guitars, string quartet, Op. 50, 2012

Mirrors, guitar, Op. 52, 2012

String Quartet, Op. 54, 2013

Silently but with full force, violin, cello, piano, Op. 58, 2014

Gran diminuendo, French horn, B-flat trumpet, piano, Op. 59, 2015 (also version for 4 guitars, Op. 68, 2015)

Electric Lily, guitar, Op. 61, 2015

Music for Georgian Brass #2, French horn, 2 B-flat trumpets, trombone, tuba, Op. 64, 2015

Music for Georgian Brass #3, French horn, 2 B-flat trumpets, trombone, tuba, Op. 65, 2015

Music for Georgian Brass #4, French horn, 2 B-flat trumpets, trombone, tuba, Op. 66, 2015

Music for Georgian Brass #5, French horn, 2 B-flat trumpets, trombone, tuba, Op. 67, 2015

After listening to Erik Truffaz, B-flat trumpet, piano, Op. 69, 2015

Unanswered Question, B-flat trumpet, tubular bell, Op. 70, 2015

Subito, B-flat trumpet, piano, 0p. 71, 2015

Extrication, 4 violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, Op. 60, 2014–16


Lyric No. 2 for St. Shio Mgvimeli (chant, text by Demetrius II), mixed chorus, Op. 3, 1988

Sanctus (text from Latin liturgy), mixed chorus, Op. 6, 1989

Dies iræ (text from Latin liturgy), mixed chorus, Op. 7, 1989

Chant for the Saturation (text by Gregory of Khandzta), female chorus, Op. 11, 1991

Chants (text by David IV), soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass, 4 mixed voices, Op. 16, 1993

Chant for the Vardzian Mother of God (text by Ioane Shavteli), 2 tenors, bass, Op. 19, 1994

Chant to the Saviour (text from an unknown source from Georgia), 2 tenors, bass, 1994

Ode for the Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ by Bishop John Mtbevari (text by John Mtbevari), mixed chorus, 1995

Red and Yellow (texts by Ki no Tsurayuki, Me Shikao Jani [both Georgian translations]), mixed chorus, Op. 31, 1999

Green Madrigal (text by Hans Magnus Enzensberger), mixed chorus, Op. 33, 2000

Many Years (text from the word "mravaljamier" [closing word of Georgian liturgy]), male chorus, Op. 42, 2007

Seventeen Alleluias (text from Latin liturgy), female chorus, Op. 44, 2008–09

Liturgy (33 chants, text from Georgian liturgy), boys' chorus, male chorus, Op. 45, 2008–10

Song for 'Barbers and Bishops' (vocalise), male chorus, Op. 72, 2016


Three Poems by Jarji Pkhoveli (text by Jarji Pkhoveli), soprano, piano, 1987

Rhythmphones (text by Jarji Pkhoveli), soprano, bassoon, harp, viola, Op. 5, 1989

Yeseniniana (text by Sergei Yesenin), bass, piano, Op. 12, 1991

Old Tbilisi Bohemia (text by Ietim Gurji), bass, clarinet, doli (drum from Georgia), Op. 13, 1992

Merani – The Horse (text by Nikoloz Baratashvili), female speaker, string quartet, Op. 21, 1995

Vesper Bell (text by George V [translated by a secluded monk from Georgia]), tenor, Op. 40, 2005


Andante, Op. 26, 1996

Summer Diary, Op. 29, 1998

Three Pieces for Piano, Op. 49, 2011–12

Zvizdi's Marmot, Op. 53, 2013


Three Emotions for Beginner Pianist and Advanced String Orchestra, 1998 (also version for 2 pianos, 1998)


What Is a Ghost?, 1997 (Malkhaz Aslamazishvili)

Goldfish, 1999 (Maya Kikabidze)

Tired, 2002 (Giorgi Sikharulidze)

Conspiracy, 2003 (Giorgi Liponava)

The World Seen in Focus, 2003 (Arzu Elif Akdemir)

The Distant Gorges of the Caucusus, 2010 (Giorgi Mrevlishvili)


About Georgia for Airline Passengers, 2003 (Giorgi Liponava)