Singing in three-voiced polyphony harking back to the 10th century, one of the world’s greatest choral groups returns to the United States from their home country of Georgia for an offsite engagement at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica. Praised by The Wall Street Journal for their “bright, crisp voices,” this striking male a capella ensemble captivates audiences with a program featuring folk and traditional songs, monastic chants, religious hymns, and epic ballads full of complex harmonies and colorful melodies.
George Donadze – Artistic Director
Born 1979, George Donadze was a member of Bichebi children’s folk choir and studied at Tbilisi music college between 1995 and 1999. Mr Donadze was the Children’s Choir Conductor at Tbilisi music school between 1997 and 2000 prior to becoming both the Conductor of the Tbilisi Holy Trinity Cathedral Patriarchate Choir and founder and conductor of Ensemble Basiani. He studied for a Bachelors and Masters in Choir Conducting at the V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire. Since 2006 he has taught at G. Mtatsmindeli Church Chants Institution of Higher Education and he became the Folklore State Center of Georgia’s Director in 2014.
Zurab Tskrialashvili – Director of the Basiani Ensemble
Born in 1980, Zurab Tskrialashvili was part of Martve, the children folk’s choir, from the age of 9 to 16. He attended music school and college in Tbilisi before studying at the Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire for a Masters in Choir Conducting. Zurab has been part of the Tbilisi Holy Trinity Cathedral Patriarchate Choir since 2000 to present day and the member of Basiani Ensemble since 2002 first as a singer and, since 2013, as the director. In 2007 he also became Assistant Professor at the G. Mtatsmindeli Church Chants Institution of Higher Education, from 2014 until 2018 he was a Children’s Folk Choir Conductor at Folklore National Palace.