Tsinandali Festival gives young musicians extraordinary opportunities to train and perform with world-class conductors, coaches and musicians, including the Festival’s Music Director Gianandrea Noseda

80 young musicians from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Ukraine to gather for the first time from 17 August at the Tsinandali Estate

Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra established to deliver message of peace and unity between Georgia and its neighbouring countries

Tsinandali Festival [8-22 September 2019] launches with performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra under the Festival’s Music Director Gianandrea Noseda

The Tsinandali Festival [8-22 September 2019] – a major new 15-day international classical music festival set in the heart of Georgia’s wine country on the Tsinandali Estate – brings together over 80 18-28-year-old musicians from across the Caucasus region for the first time from 17 August 2019.

The Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra (PCYO) is offering the best young musicians from countries across the Caucasus - from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Ukraine - the fully-funded opportunity to work with leading international players and Music Director Gianandrea Noseda, and perform with world-class conductors and soloists.

George Ramishvili, Martin Engstroem and Avi Shoshani (Co-Founders, Tsinandali Festival), along with David Sakvarelidze (General Director, Tsinandali Festival), formed the PCYO with the vision of empowering the next generation of musicians, encouraging them to interact and communicate through the universal language of music and deliver a powerful message of peace and unity between Georgia and its neighbouring countries.

Martin Engstroem, Artistic Director, Tsinandali Festival, commented: “Just doing a festival with some nice music isn’t enough. Since this region has been so violated and so full of conflict for so many years there had to be a message, a reason, in what we were doing. If you look at Georgia and its neighbouring countries and their collective histories, you realise that the only way to approach each other is through culture. I want our PCYO members to leave with a better understanding of, and for, each other. They should realise the power of sharing the love of music and being able to grow through music. By being part of the Tsinandali Festival, they will make contact with other musicians and build their networks. I hope our youth orchestra will become an essential symbol of hope and a major platform for development in this new cultural centre.”

Avi Shoshani, Artistic Director, Tsinandali Festival, commented: “We could put a music festival anywhere, but when we had the idea to create the youth orchestra from Georgia and its surrounding countries, to put it in a place with a real message of peace and friendship, we knew we were doing something special. I come from a tortured area and I recognise similarities, so forming this orchestra means so much to me.”

Gianandrea Noseda, Music Director, Tsinandali Festival, commented: “I am inspired by the creation of the Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra. This has really convinced me that the Tsinandali Festival will be something special, as through music we can try to develop a new society based on friendship and respect despite any differences in politics or religion, because music has a unique language. When you sit with your partner at the music desk, you serve the music together.”

As well as building bridges and breaking down political and economic barriers, the Tsinandali Festival recognises the importance of investing in the next generation of professional musicians, so is providing its players with the unprecedented educational opportunity to serve as the vibrant orchestral backbone for the new Tsinandali Festival.

The festival will further support the orchestra through the fully-funded sponsorship of each member, enabling them to develop and improve their professional skills and experience, learn from and train with world-class coaches, and participate in Georgia’s first international music festival. An on-site campus has also been erected which will accommodate the 80-strong orchestra for the duration of the rehearsal and festival period.

The PCYO’s involvement in the Tsinandali festival begins on 17 August with three weeks of lessons and rehearsals with principal musicians from leading orchestras and will be followed by five concerts at the Tsinandali Festival led by Music Director Gianandrea Noseda, as well as other world-class conductors Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Omer Meir Wellber and Lahav Shani, and soloists Lahav Shani, Mischa Maisky, Denis Kozhukhin and Yuja Wang.

 

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