Singer, composer, People’s Artist of Russia and Georgia
At the age of ten, Tamara Gverdtsiteli became the leading singer of the famous Mziuri Children Ensemble. After the Mziuri’s successful performance within the cultural program of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, she was invited to become the leading singer of the Georgian State Radio and Television Wind Band.
In 1981 Tamara Gverdtsiteli became prize-winner of her first singing contests. In 1985 she released her first album recorded at the Melodia All-Union Record Company under the name 'Music: Singing Tamara Gverdtsiteli'. In 1988 she won the first prize at the Golden Orpheus International Vocalists Contest in Bulgaria.
In 1991 Tamara Gverdtsiteli met Michel Legrand, a famous French composer. This meeting resulted in her first contract and first concert in Paris Olympia Concert Hall. Several years later, in 1995, she started her tour around the USA, the top of which was her performance at the world’s famous Carnegie Hall.
Since 2015 Tamara Gverdtsiteli has been part of the Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival.
The 2016 Festival’s grand finale featured her duet with Mireille Mathieu, famous French singer. They performed Une vie d'amour song written by Charles Aznavour to the music of Georges Garvarentz.
The following anniversary year she performed together with the Combined Band of the Festival and presented her Light up the Candles song (music and lyrics by Sergey Kuznetsov) that she dedicated to the memory of Lieutenant General Valery Khalilov, the first Music Director of the Festival.
The 2019 Spasskaya Tower Festival with its Solo with a Band leading theme certainly couldn’t lack the unique timbre of Tamara Gverdtsiteli’s beautiful voice.
75 Years since the War End said the leading theme of the Thirteenth Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival. And on Sobornaya Square beneath the Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces to the accompaniment of the Festival's Combined Band the one and only Tamara Gverdtseteli performed a very touching song about a soldier who managed to go through all the atrocities and survive (‘Song about the Soldier’, music by V. Miguly, lyrics by M. Agashin).