Otar Taktakishvili graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatory, while still been a student he composed the official anthem of the Georgian SSR. By 1949 he became a Professor of the Tbilisi Conservatory and the conductor and the artistic director of the Georgian State chorus. In 1951 he received his first Stalin Prize (USSR State Prize) for his First Symphony. In 1962, Taktakishvili became Chairman of the Georgian Composers' Union; and in 1965 the Minister for Culture of the Georgian Republic.
Taktakishvili's works include operas, two Symphonies, four Piano Concertos, two Violin Concertos and two Cello Concerto, the symphonic poem "Mtsyri" and the oratorios "In the Steps of Rustaveli" and "Nikoloz Baratashvili". Probably his best known work in the West is his sonata for flute and piano.
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Mar 12, 2009; Staff report The Taos Chamber Music Group (TCMG) will present, "From Russia with Love," a program of particularly expressive...