About Rustavi Choir
ANZOR ERKOMAISHVILI - Artistic Director, People’s Artist of the Georgian SSR, Rustaveli and Paliashvili Prize Laureate, Laureate of the All World Festival, Sofia, 1968. He was born into the remarkable Erkomaishvili family - a musical dynasty in Soviet K Georgia for six generations. He was graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory with specialties in vocal conducting and music theory. He founded the RUSTAVI more than 20 years ago and has guided its spectacular success. Under his direction, the ensemble has performed over 2,500 concerts and toured more than 40 countries and has recorded some 200 Georgian folk songs. He also directs the children’s chorus MARTVE (White Eagles) which has toured extensively abroad.
BADRI TOTDZE - Choir master, Honored Artist of the Georgian SSR, Laureate of the 8th All-World Festival of Youth and Students in Sofia. Born into a distinguished musical family, Mr. Toidze was graduated from the Saradzhvilli State Conservatory of Tbilisi with a degree in vocal conducting. He has been a soloist in the folk ensemble Gordela since 1962 and soloist and choir master for RUSTAVI since 1972.
FRIDON SULABERIDZE - Choreographer, People’s Artist of the Georgian SSR, Laureate of the 7th All-World Festival of Youth and Students in Vienna. Mr. Sulaberidze graduated from the Tbilisi School of Cultural Enlightenment and joined the Georgian Academic Folk Dance Ensemble as a dance soloist. He joined RUSTAVI as soloist in 1975 and was appointed choreographer two years later.
ALEXANDER LOPJDKIPANIDZE - Manager. Mr. Lordkipanidze became a dance soloist with RUSTAVI after graduation from the Tbilisi State School of choreography. One of the most gifted members of the younger generation of the ensemble, he assumed the position of manager in 1981.
November 17, 1989
Described by the New York Times as “spirited and pungent,” this album features the singing of the all-male Georgian Rustavi Choir, which was founded with the purpose of uniting in performance the varied traditions of Georgian folk music. The Seattle Times praised the album's “emotional depth and great diversity."