Meliton Balanchivadze

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Meliton Balanchivadze

Birthplace: Kutaisi, Imereti, Georgia
Death: Died in Kutaisi, Imereti, Georgia
Immediate Family:

Husband of Maria Nikolayevna Balanchivadze
Father of George Balanchine; Andria Balanchivadze and Tamara Balanchivadze

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About Meliton Balanchivadze

Meliton Balanchivadze (Georgian: მელიტონ ბალანჩივაძე) (December 24, 1862 – December 21, 1937) was a Georgian composer and one of the founders of Georgian classical music. His two sons, George Balanchine and Andria Balanchivadze, had illustrious careers, the former as a leading choreographer in the United States, and the latter as Soviet Georgia’s foremost classical composer.

Trained at the seminaries of Kutaisi and Tbilisi, he began an operatic career at the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre in 1880. In 1882, he founded a Georgian folk ensemble and organized the first folk concert in Tbilisi the following year. From 1883 to 1886, he travelled to various parts of Georgia, collecting folk songs and training folk choirs. From 1889 to 1895, he studied at St. Petersburg Conservatory where one of his teachers was Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Between 1895 and 1917, he toured Russia giving concerts of Georgian folk music. After the 1917 Bolshevik coup, he returned to his native Georgia where he taught and composed. He is the author of the first Georgian opera Tamar the Wily (თამარ ცბიერი) which was first performed by Russian artists at the Hall of the Russian Nobility Council in 1897.

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Meliton Balanchivadze's Timeline

December 24, 1862
Kutaisi, Imereti, Georgia
January 22, 1904
Age 41
Saint Petersburg, gorod Sankt-Peterburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Age 43
December 21, 1937
Age 74
Kutaisi, Imereti, Georgia