Tamar Bardavelidze-Töre


Georgian pianist and pedagogue Tamar Bardavelidze Töre was born in 1980 in the capital of Tbilisi in the family of famous Georgian musicologist Lali Kakulia.  

After graduating from the Tbilisi Zakaria Paliashvili Central Music School in 1998, she continued her studies at the Vano Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatory under Prof. Alexander Garber. After winning a scholarship from the Government of the Republic of Turkey, she moved to the capital of Ankara where she was a researcher in musicology at the music department of the Gazi University under the tutelage of Prof. Eflatun Neimetzade. A year later in 2010, she enrolled for her Master’s degree in piano performance at the Music Conservatory of the Hacettepe University in Ankara where she studied under Prof. İrem Bozkurt and Prof. Binnur Ekber. 

Tamar participated in various piano master classes such as the Internationale Konzertarbeitswochen in Goslar, Germany with Prof. Arie Vardi. She furthermore collaborated with numerous other renown pedagogues such as Prof. Tengiz Amirejibi, Prof. Tamara Poddubnaya and Prof. Yeşim Alkaya, and was participating in several regional and international programs, conferences and symposiums. Besides the music of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, she also specializes in the music by significant and famous Georgian composers such as Alexi Machavariani, Gia Kancheli, Vazha Azarashvili, Elizbar Lomdaridze, Kakha Tsabadze and Giorgi Shaverzashvili, to name just a few. As both pianist and teacher, she implements international projects and actively promotes Georgian classical music. She regularly performs solo and chamber music concerts in Germany, Turkey, Italy and Georgia. Since 2012, she is pianist in residence of the Panora Center in Ankara.

Her teaching career started in 2004 at the Tbilisi Meliton Balanchivadze 3rd Music School. In 2018 she was appointed as piano teacher at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts at Ankara Bilkent University.

As a speaker of four languages – Georgian, English, Russian and Turkish – she is the author of various newspaper articles in Georgia. She was the coordinator and interpreter of the International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony in Tbilisi between 2004 and 2006, as well as at the International Festival of Georgian Folk Song Chven – Mshvidoba in Guria in 2004. She translated several scientific articles: Clayton Parr, DePaul University, Chicago IL USA – Towards a new choral multiculturalism; Dr. Susanne Ziegler, Phonogramm-Archives/Department of Ethno-musicology, Ethnographical Museum Berlin – Polyphony in historical sound recordings of the Berlin Phonogramm-Archives; Ruzha Neykova – The polyphonic singing in a female ritual of South Western Bulgaria.

Since 2022, Tamar Bardavelidze Töre is included in the encyclopedic dictionary of Georgian music.