Giya Kancheli

1935 - 2019

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Giya Kancheli (Georgian: გია ყანჩელი; 10 August 1935 – 2 October 2019) was a Georgian composer. He was born in Tbilisi, Georgia but resided in Belgium. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Kancheli lived first in Berlin, and from 1995 in Antwerp, where he became composer-in-residence for the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Giya Kancheli has received more than 154,976 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Giya Kancheli is the 163rd most popular musician (up from 179th in 2019), the 18th most popular biography from Georgia (up from 19th in 2019) and the most popular Georgian Musician.

Giya Kancheli is a Georgian composer who has been composing for over 40 years. His music is often described as “intense,” “haunting,” and “ethereal.” His music is characterized by its use of dissonance and extended techniques on the violin.

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Among musicians, Giya Kancheli ranks 163 out of 2,675Before him are Stan Getz, Björk, Florian Schneider, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Luigi Tenco, and Oscar Peterson. After him are Frank Farian, Joseph Joachim, Roger Glover, Anton Diabelli, Muddy Waters, and Alfred Cortot.

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Among people born in 1935, Giya Kancheli ranks 36Before him are Gherman Titov, Jerry Lee Lewis, Omar Bongo, William Friedkin, Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, and Maj Sjöwall. After him are Miroslav Blažević, Jim Peebles, Danilo Kiš, Adnan Khashoggi, David Harvey, and Akira Kitaguchi. Among people deceased in 2019, Giya Kancheli ranks 40Before him are Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Tony Buzan, Mariss Jansons, Marie Laforêt, Luke Perry, and B. J. Habibie. After him are Lennart Johansson, Claudine Auger, Franco Columbu, Nuon Chea, Prem Tinsulanonda, and David J. Thouless.

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In Georgia

Among people born in Georgia, Giya Kancheli ranks 18 out of 292Before him are Sergei Parajanov (1924), David IV of Georgia (1073), Niko Pirosmani (1862), Zviad Gamsakhurdia (1939), Sayat-Nova (1712), and Sergo Ordzhonikidze (1886). After him are Pharnavaz I of Iberia (-326), Sergei Witte (1849), Herbert Backe (1896), Rusudan of Georgia (1194), Robert Shavlakadze (1933), and Victor Ambartsumian (1908).

Among MUSICIANS In Georgia

Among musicians born in Georgia, Giya Kancheli ranks 1After him are Nani Bregvadze (1938), Khatia Buniatishvili (1987), Lisa Batiashvili (1979), Giorgi Latso (1978), and Mariko Ebralidze (1984).