25 September 2020
By Ellie Palmer
Georgia’s government guidelines and the highest levels of hygiene and social distancing were adhered to throughout the four days, keeping all participants safe for the duration of the Festival
Georgia’s Tsinandali Festival welcomed audiences and international artists for four days (17-20 Sept) of performances in the open-air amphitheatre at the historic Tsinandali Estate.
Major international artists including Martha Argerich, Lisa Batiashvili and Nelson Goerner gave several concerts each, alongside recitals from major stars of the future including pianist Alexandre Kantorow.
The artists appeared in solo recitals and in combinations – with a particular highlight featuring Martha Argerich and Nelson Goerner together – as well as with the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Nikoloz Rachveli. There was also a stunning event with the Georgian National Ballet.
Nelson Goerner and Martha Argerich
All artists appearing wanted to express their solidarity with the Festival and its audiences by travelling to Georgia to take part.
The health and safety of the participating artists and audience members were the Festival’s highest priority. Georgia’s government guidelines and the highest levels of hygiene and social distancing were adhered to throughout the four days, keeping all participants safe for the duration of the Festival.
The Amphitheatre at Tsinandali 2020
Martin Engstroem and Avi Shoshani, Artistic Co-Directors to the Festival, commented, “We wish to thank all the artists who have so eagerly agreed to come to Tsinandali to perform at this year’s Festival. Such commitment to this very special place is very moving and is a sentiment shared by the audiences who came from around the world last year for the inaugural Festival. These four days of exceptional music making proved yet again the power of music to unite people in trying times.”
This was only the second instalment of the Tsinandali Festival after last year's inaugural success. A full two-week Tsinandali Festival is already programmed for next year which will also see the return of the Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra. Full details will be announced soon.