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Zaza Miminoshvili

Zaza Miminoshvili

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Zaza was born to a family of writers, mathematicians and artists. At a young age he was already spending hours at the neighbor’s piano, absorbed in his own musical tales and directing an invisible orchestra—all of his own will. His formal musical studies began much later, at the age of fourteen, when his mother first took him to guitar lessons. Several months later, inspired by his own initial successes, he began to play in several ensembles at school, performing western popular musics that were very much craved but not officially endorsed at that time – from rock to the Beatles. They tried to sound authentically western, but were not particularly successful; they were more successful developing their own compositions. He enrolled as a mechanical engineering student at Tbilisi State University, then as a Ph.D. student, afterwards he received a Humboldt fellowship for post-graduate work in Germany. But all this was secondary to Zaza. Even in his student years, music came first. Zaza began studying classical guitar with the real master Vladimir Giorgadze. His teacher advised him to stop performing with so many ensembles for some time in order to master the guitar. Later Zaza studied jazz with Lavrenti Jinch’aradze. In 1990 Zaza and Zurab founded the group “Adio”. This was the culmination of a long search for a compelling synthesis of traditional Georgian and contemporary music. One night the renowned Georgian composer Gia Kancheli showed up at an “Adio” concert. He was impressed with what he heard and proposed that the musicians compose music for a Robert Sturua theater production. Much of the music featured in Rustaveli Theater productions originated this way. In 1993 “Adio” was invited to record an album and tour in Germany; the musicians remained there for several months. Zaza stayed in Germany, where he still lives and works today, gaining invaluable experience as a performer on western stages and working with world-renowned musicians. In 1998 Zurab and Zaza formed the duet



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