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3rd Hamburg International Music Festival

WED, 28 MAR 2018 – TUE, 3 APR 2018


From Liturgical Song to Jazz: A Panorama of Music from Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

There is hardly a region on earth that can, as a historically evolved entity, boast such a diversity of peoples, languages and cultures as the Caucasus. Or such a body of myths: This is where Noah’s ark ran aground, where Jason stole the Golden Fleece, and where Prometheus was chained to a rock. However, the Caucasus has also always been a centre of conflict between cultures, religions and neighbouring powers. The panoramas of this Euro-Asian border region between the Black and the Caspian Seas are breathtaking: rugged mountain ranges and green valleys, barren semi-deserts and lush vegetation, vibrant capital cities and remote villages. The music of the Caucasus is just as diverse as its landscapes, and it has always played an important part in the lives of the people.

SAT, 31 MAR 2018   20:00

Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt

Khatia & Gvantsa Buniatishvili, pianists

Viennese classicism meets the Caucasus: the Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt came to Germany 28 years ago. Since then it has been cultivating a repertoire that mixes music from its homeland with western European classical music.

Khatia Buniatishvili
Khatia Buniatishvili . Photo credits: Julia Wesely /

SUN, 1 APR 2018   17:30

Anchiskhati Choir

The musical tradition of Georgia, a republic in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, is one of the oldest in the world. Archaeological findings show that the first musical instruments existed here as long ago as in the 15th century BC. Music scholars are fond of describing the small country as the birthplace of all folk music traditions. In 2001, UNESCO added Georgian polyphonic singing to its list of the »Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity«. One of the oldest centres of this ancient musical tradition is the Anchiskhati basilica in Tiflis. The choir of the same name, founded in 1989, is one of the leading custodians of this rich heritage – and appears only rarely outside Georgia.


Source: Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

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