Giorgi Shaverzashvili

(b. 4 August 1950, Tbilisi).

Georgian composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and piano works that have been performed in Europe.

Prof. Shaverzashvili is the son of the composer Aleksandre Shaverzashvili (b. 1919 – d. 2003). He initially studied piano with Yevgeniya Chernyavskaya at the Zakaria Paliashvili Special School of Music in Tbilisi from 1958–68 before studying piano with Gulnara Kavtaradze at the Conservatory of Music in Tbilisi from 1968–73, where he then had postgraduate studies with her from 1973–75. He had a traineeship in piano with Boris Zemliansky at the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow in 1976–77. He later studied composition with Sulkhan Nasidze at the Conservatory of Music in Tbilisi from 1980–84.

Among his honours are First Prize in the Trans-Caucasian Competition of Performing Musicians in Baku (1972, as a pianist), First Prize in a competition for young composers in Moscow (1985, for Concerto No. 1 [piano]), the title Composer of the Year from the Georgian Composers Union in Tbilisi (2004, for for Piano Trio No. 1), the Georgian Ministry of Culture Prize (2010, for String Quartet No. 2; 2010, for Romance, 'Earring'; 2012, for Pastoral; 2012, for Novelette; 2014, for Piano Toccata), and First Prize in the competition of the Georgian Composers Union (2015, for Concerto No. 3, 'Youth' and Piece for Violin, Viola and Contrabass). His music has been performed in Georgia, Germany and Russia.

He is also active in other positions. As a pianist, he has performed contemporary music and his own music. He has served as chair of the Georgian Composers Union since 2017.

He has taught composition at the Conservatory of Music in Tbilisi since 1990, where he has been a professor since 2017.

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


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Concerto No. 1, piano, orchestra, 1984

Elegy, 1990

Concerto No. 1, violin, orchestra, 1991

Concerto No. 2, piano, orchestra, 1992

Concerto No. 2, violin, orchestra, 1993

Mass (text from the Mass [also partial Georgian, German translations]), mixed chorus, small orchestra, 1999

Symphony, 2010

Poem, string orchestra, 2015

Fantasy, violin, cello, piano, orchestra, 2015

Concerto No. 3, 'Youth', piano, string orchestra, 2015

Concerto No. 4, piano, small orchestra (1/2 percussion, strings), 2020

Concerto No. 5, 2 pianos, small orchestra (timpani, 2 or more percussion, strings), 2022


Two Pieces, viola, 1980

Sonata for Violin and Piano, violin, piano, 1983

Piano Quintet, piano, string quartet, 1986

String Quartet No. 1, 1989

Trio, flute, clarinet, piano, 1993

Sentiments, flute, piano, 1998

Passacaglia, 8 cellos, 2003

Piano Trio No. 1, violin, cello, piano, 2004

String Quartet No. 2, 2012

Sonata for Solo Violin, violin, 2012

Pastorale, flute, 2 guitars, violin, cello, 2012

Novelette, clarinet, guitar, 2012

Piano Trio No. 2, violin, cello, piano, 2013

String Quartet No. 3, 2013

Jazz-Khorumi, violin, piano, 2015

Piece for Violin, Viola and Contrabass, violin, viola, double bass, 2015


Three Choruses (text by Vazha-Pshavela), mixed chorus, 1984

Chants with St. George (three choruses), female chorus, 2011

Ave Maria, mixed chorus, 2013


Song-Cycle on Georgian Folk Poems (texts from folk sources from Georgia), bass, piano, 1982

Heavenly Voices (song-cycle, text by Ilia Chavchavadze), high voice, piano, 1993

Romance, 'By Dreams' (text by Lado Asatiani), high voice, piano, 1997

The Ballad of Queen Tamara (text by Otar Chelidze), low voice, piano, 2004

Romance, 'Earring' (text by Nikoloz Baratashvili), low voice, piano, 2010


Theme with Variations, 1981

Sonata No. 1, 1987

Sonata No. 2, 1990

Sonata No. 3, 1995

Suite No. 1, 1995

'Alilo' (Fantasy on Themes of Georgian Christmas Folk Songs), 1995

Sonata No. 4, 1999

Sonata No. 5, 2000

Poem–Nocturne, 2000

Sonata No. 6, 2001

Suite No. 2, 2005

Piano Toccata, 2014