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20.09.2018 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Elisso Bolkvadze, UNESCO Artist for Peace, fosters young talents at the Batumi Festival of classical music

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The city of Batumi, coastal city in Georgia by the Black Sea, hosted the sixth edition of the Batumi festival of classical music from 2 to 12 September 2018, under UNESCO patronage.

The famous Georgian pianist and UNESCO Artist for Peace, Elisso Bolkvadze founded the festival in 2012 in order to promote musical education and artistic creativity but also to use music as a vector for cultural dialogue. Once more, for the sixth edition of the festival, Elisso Bolkvadze was its artistic director.

The festival gathered notorious musicians from all around the World to perform pieces from the classical repertoire such as Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Dvorak or Mozart. Among those musicians were the French pianist Lise de la Salle, the Greek conductor Myron Michailidis, the Austrian pianist Viktoria Hirschhuber and the Irish pianist Bari Douglas.

As part of the festival, a “musical camp” has been created in partnership with the Ministry of education and science of Georgia. It was a musical camp for children of all regions of Georgia.

The objective of the festival to favor development of young talents and their musical capacity, perfectly echoes Elisso Bolkvadze’s mission as a UNESCO Artist for Peace.

Indeed, she received this title in 2015 for her work with her foundation LYRA, and in recognition for her dedication to support young talents in their musical education and promote their creativity.




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