Nodar Gabunia (1933-2000) dominated the Georgian music scene in the latter decades of the 20th century. While still in his twenties, he caught the ear of Dmitriy Shostakovich, who described him as one of the most talented composers of his generation.

   After graduating with honours from the Moscow State Conser-vatory, where he studied piano under Aleksandr Goldenweiser
and composition under Aram Khachaturian, he returned to Georgia to lead the piano department at the Tbilisi State Conservatory. In 1983, he became vice-chancellor of the conservatory, a position he held for the rest of his life.

In the course of his illustrious career, Gabunia gained equal recognition as a pianist, composer and teacher.

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