Manana Doijashvili. Obituary, Death – Mrs. Manana Doijashvili, Deputy Rector, Professor of Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Director of the Georgian Music Competitions Foundation, and People’s Artist of Georgia, has died, we regret to inform you. A funeral service will be held in the foyer of Tbilisi State Conservatoire on January 21. The precise time will be determined later. When she was seven years old, she began taking piano lessons. Her first music teacher was Meri Tchavtchanidze, a Republic Honored Teacher. Manana Doijashvili, then nine years old, appeared with the Tbilisi State Conservatoire Grand Hall orchestra in a Haydn piano concerto (D-major). She had even more success as a 12-year-old after performing a Schumann Piano Concerto.
Mrs. Doijashvili, a Laureate of the Trans-Caucasian competition of musician-performers in 1965, studied at the Gnessin Institute of Music in Moscow from 1966 to 1967 under prof. A. Iocheles, and interned with Stanislav Neuhaus at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 1971. Her postgraduate studies at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire were from 1971 to 1973, where she studied under prof. Tengiz Amirejibi and is now the head of the piano department. She was the winner of the G. Enescu International Piano Competition in Bucharest in 1970, the B. Smetana Competition in 1974, and the First International Piano Competition in Sydney in 1975. (1977).
In some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, she has performed solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and orchestral concerts. The “Ateneum” (Bucharest), the Moscow Conservatoire’s Great and Small Concert Halls, the Grand Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the Gevand House (Leipzig), the Mozarteum (Salzburg), the Sydney Opera House, Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Albeniz Hall in Granados, and others are among them. The Conservatoire’s Grand Hall has been restored and musically revitalized thanks to her initiative and leadership. M. Doijashvili has emerged as the organizer and inspiration for the “competition movement” in Georgia.
She established the Georgian Competition of Musician-Performers in 1995, the Tbilisi International Piano Competition in 1997, the Fryderyk Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in 2001, and the Fryderyk Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in 2002. (2008). In 1998, she was instrumental in establishing the annual international music festival “New Year Music Celebrations” at the Conservatoire Grand Hall. She established both the “International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony” and the “Traditional Polyphony Research Center” at Tbilisi State Conservatoire. She was president from 2000 to 2011, during which time the infrastructure of the conservatoire’s historical building, as well as the conservatoire’s material and technical foundation, were completely restored.
People’s Artist of Georgia, M. Doijashvili is the holder of such prestigious awards as: Shota Rustaveli and Zakaria Paliashvili State Prizes, The Presidential “Order of Excellence”, Cavalier of “Officier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres” conferred by the Republic of France, the President of Italy Prize “The Star of Solidarity of Italy”, Honorary title of “Envoy of Peace”, conferred by UNO “Peace Embassy”, Cavalier of the Order of honor of Polish Culture. Mrs. Manana has been invited to many prestigious international piano competitions as a member of the jury, including Alessandro Cassagrande (Italy), Ferruccio Busoni (Italy), F. Chopin (Warsaw, Poland), A. Khachaturiyan (Armenia), UNISA (South Africa), Sydney (Australia), Jose Iturbi (Spain), F. Liszt (Weimar), Maria Canals (Barcelon A significant figure in Georgian and global musical, cultural, and general society has passed away. May you find peace.