China Times about Ensemble ‘Rustavi’, February 20th, 2013
Ensemble “Rustavi” ’s success in Taiwan was beyond any expectations. This fact was also echoed in the local press.
The men’s choir of the Ensemble “Rustavi” presents itself Georgia’s national treasure. The most significant characteristic of the Ensemble is polyphonic songs. Best-known for its polyphony, the “Rustavi” is the crown of the national collectives in Georgia. It has already given concerts more than seventy countries of the world.
The founder and artistic director of the “Rustavi” – Anzor Erkomaishvili was raised in a family of illustrious musicians that is regarded the seventh generation of the musicians. Anzor Erkomaishvili – is a professor of Tbilisi Scientific Research Institute of Culture. This year he was awarded the most prestigious national prize. He was named “A Figure of the Century”.
All the 12 singers of the “Rustavi” men’s choir are high-qualified professional musicians. Each of them has been specially trained for singing in a group as well as in terms of performing a solo part.
Since foundation of the Ensemble, Anzor Erkomaishvili has been collecting Georgian folk songs. He aimed to preserve the timbre and style of the songs of different regions of Georgia. As a result, the chorus recorded these songs and produced them on CDs. With the songs the “Rustavi” travels all over the world. In 2001, UNESCO proclaimed Georgian folklore a Masterpiece of the World Polyphony and through this it recognized “Rustavi” ’s contribution to the maintenance and development of Georgian traditional polyphonic music.
The founder of Dzin chi-g-niu-gan wang group about the “Rustavi”: I’m on the stage for 17 years already and at last I was able to listen to the Georgian song live that’s just in two meters in front of me. That was an exciting feeling, exactly the same you could feel more than ten years ago during listening to the songs of a singer Theresa Denn, and one day you suddenly discover that she sings in front of you.