Maka (Maya) Virsaladze

(b. 23 May 1971, Tbilisi).

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

Ms. Virsaladze finished her studies at the Zakaria Paliashvili Special School of Music in Tbilisi in 1989 and studied composition with Bidzina Kvernadze at the Conservatory of Music in Tbilisi from 1990–95, where she also studied musicology with Lia Dolidze from 1994–96 and graduated with honours in both subjects. She then had postgraduate studies in composition with Nodar Mamisashvili there from 1996–98. She later studied composition with Walter Zimmermann at the Universität der Künste Berlin in 2000–01.

Among her honours are the Georgian Ministry of Culture Prize (1994, for Three Romances), an appearance as composer-in-residence at the festival Menhir in Falera, Switzerland (2005) and a portrait concert in Tbilisi (2008). Her music has been performed in Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, and Ukraine.

She is also active in other positions. She co-founded the Union of Young Georgian Composers and Musicologists in Tbilisi in 1998. She later worked for the creative-therapy organisation FDHR in Tbilisi.

She has taught choral arrangement, fundamentals of composition and score reading as an assistant professor at the Conservatory of Music in Tbilisi since 2007.


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Mirror (ballet, scenario by the composer), mixed chorus, synthesizer, orchestra, 1998


Piece, 1994

Variations, small orchestra, 1996

Quasi Passacaglia, 2006


Piece, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1990

Piece, string quartet, 1990

Invention, flute, piano, 1992

Duet, flute, piano, 1994

Duet, flute, harp, 1994

Trio, flute, clarinet, piano, 1994

Sketches, clarinet, percussion, 1997

Enigma No. 1, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, 1999

Enigma No. 2, clarinet, piano, 1999

Alternative, flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, cello, piano, timpani (+ tambourine), 1999

Ostinato, flute, clarinet, violin, double bass, piano, 2001

Stars, flute, 2001

Two Wings, violin, bayan/accordion, 2001

The Weeping of the Moon, flute, guitar, 2002

Remembrance, 4 saxophones, 2003 (also version for flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, vibraphone [+ cymbals], 2004)

The Future Is Sacred, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, French horn, violin, cello, 2004

Perpetuo, violin, ensemble (flute, clarinet, harp, violin, cello, double bass, 2 percussion), 2008


You Georgian Sky (text by Anna Kalandaze), mixed chorus, 1990

Piece (texts from folk poems from Georgia), mixed chorus, 1993

Psalms, soloists, mixed chorus, orchestra, 1995

Kaleidoscope of Dreams (texts by Anna Kalandaze, Valerina Gaphrindashvili), mixed chorus, 2000

Alma Mater (cantata, text from a mediaeval chorale in Latin), mixed chorus, 2001

Holy God (song-cycle), female chorus, 2002

The Blessed Virgin (text from a prayer from Georgia), mixed chorus, 2002

Hallelujah (text from the word "hallelujah"), mixed chorus, 2006


You at the Seashore (text by Galaktion Tabidze), soprano, piano, 1990

Four Romances (text by Terenti Graneli), soprano, piano, 1994

Three Romances (texts by Grigol Robakidze, Paolo Iashvili), soprano, piano, 1994

Volchonok (text by Vladimir Nabokov), soprano, piano, 1996

Triptych (texts by Grigol Robakidze, Paolo Iashvili), soprano, small orchestra, 1997

Aphorisms (text by Shota Rustaveli), soloists, ensemble, 1998

Stars, speaker, flute, percussion, 2001

Through a Thousand Glasses (triptych, text by Teresa Reuters-Seeli), soprano, orchestra, 2005


Piece, 1990

Three Pieces, 1991

Theme and Variations, 1991

Sonata No. 1, 1993

Sonata No. 2, 1996

Concert Piece, 1996

Maestoso, 1999

Millennium, 2000