Hamlet Gonashvili
Position: Soloist - second voice
Active with Rustavi: 1972-1985
HAMLET GONASHVILI was considered the voice of Georgia. He was the most famous Georgian folk song performer widely recognized in the world. He was an outstanding soloist, influential teacher and brilliant performer of traditional Georgian music. Born in the Eastern part of the country, he was know to be the best interpreter of songs from the regions of Kartli and Kakheti. His huge diapason and impeccable singing ability in combination with his marvellous timbre "made the audience hypnotized". He played an important role in Rustavi choir and in Georgian culture generally. At the height of his creative powers he died in a tragic accident in 1985 falling off a tree while picking apples. Hamlet Gonashvili had been awarded Georgia's most important honours and prizes.