Even when he was just six years old, he knew he wanted to be a musician and specialize in conducting. He knew it for sure and never doubted it for a moment… Many years have passed and now Davit Kintsurashvili is in his mid-thirties and one of the high-flying conductors and the artistic director of State Opera House of Georgia, a position he has held since 2014.
Kintsurashvili’s background is versatile and rich: after finishing his choral conducting studies at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire he continued his studies in Germany and received a diploma in symphonic conducting. Later, the young musician received a Master in the same field in the class of the renowned Maestro Bruno Weil, whose students are considered to be the musical grandchildren of Karajan. Kintsurashvili recalls it as one of the most interesting and significant periods in his life: “I appeared at the right place at right time in the presence this great musician,” he notes.
In 2011, Kintsurashvili received another Master’s degree in Media Management from the Latvian Academy of Culture and, he says, this western experience turned out very useful, especially for leading State Opera House of Georgia.
Music is the most inspiring thing for the musician and while preparing for a new performance, he ‘lives’ this music, playing it round and round in his brain as a soundtrack of that concrete period. Apart from music, he is also interested in modern art tendencies in general.
Maestro Kintsurashvili has been engaged in the active life of a conductor since 2006. He has worked with many different orchestras, including the Munich Symphony, Ingolstadt Chamber Orchestra, Essen Opera Theater, Munich Youth Philharmonic, Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic and many others. In addition, he has conducted the Georgian Sinfonietta, E. Mikeladze National Music Center Orchestra.
From 2010-2014, he was the musical director of the Elisabeth Gast Art Foundation. He has been teaching “Music Management” and “The Main Aspects of Management” at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire since 2013 and he finds this process of teaching very exciting, especially, he says, when sees students with sparkling eyes and a desire to broaden their horizons.
State Opera House of Georgia was officially re-opened in January 2016 and since then it has hosted seven premieres in just three months. In April, Kintsurashvili’s significant project “In Memoriam” – a musical message saying No to Terrorism! took place, featuring Mozart’s Requiem, headed and conducted by famous German violinist Christopher Maier, and “Requiem for Innocent victims” by Eka Chabashvili, State Opera House of Georgia also participated in “The European Opera Days,” the gala concert in the scopes of which was conducted by Davit Kintsurashvili.
His future plans also seem very interesting, and music-lovers in the near future will be able to attend “The First Garment,” a premiere of Balanchine and “For Love,” an interesting project by prominent opera-singer Nino Surguladze.
In a word, there is a real creative buzz in the State Opera House of Georgia and Maestro Kintsurashvili is a big part of it!
Davit Kintsurashvili – Artistic director of State Opera House of Georgia
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