Ballets: Othello; The Knight in a Tiger’s Skin (after Shota Rustaveli’s poem)
Four string quartets
Two sonatas for piano
Sonata for violin
Pieces for different instruments
The Georgian composer and conductor Aleksi Machavariani was born in Gori. He graduated from the Tbilisi Conservatory in 1936 and remained there for a postgraduate study. Later he joined the faculty, becoming a professor in 1963. He began his artistic career in 1935.
Machavariani produced a number of critically acclaimed plays and ballets, including the ballet “Othello” (1957), the operas “Mat i Sin” (1945), “Den moei Rodini” (1954), the symphony “Piat monologov” (1971; it earned the Shota Rustaveli Prize). He also wrote the music to many theatrical productions, including “Baratashvili” and “Legenda o liubvi”.
He was the artistic director of the Georgian State Symphony Orchestra from 1956 till 1958 and directed the Composers’ Union of Georgia from 1962 till 1968.