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Saturday, 21 April 2018


Tamriko Gverdtsiteli: I’m always moving

2010-08-03 13:16


It's evening and it's hot when we approach a cozy little hut of a recording studio where Tamara Gverdtsiteli, People's Artist of Russia and Georgia and a world celebrity fixed a meeting. The studio is full of inimitable Georgian hospitality - Tamara is simple and cordial with a smile always on her face. The greetings are interrupted by a phone call from her mother and we are sensing a fantastic vein of their communication. Tender, fragile, loving is the way Tamriko is.

- Tamriko, do you often think about your childhood?


- It was a wonderful childhood, cloudless - as it turned out. Music came in when I was five years old. But it was not the end of my childhood - I was still a naughty child, quite ordinary like everyone else. I ran, jumped - all that after my music classes. It is unreal for a kid not to do music in childhood, otherwise nothing will work out.

If you want to be a musician, start lessons at five years old, six is already too late.

Certainly I'm grateful to my mom (B. Ivanitskaya), she never ran after me with a stick in her hand. Already then I realized that doing music every day is not my obligation to somebody - I just can't live without it myself.

- What was your brother's attitude to his sister spending so much time on music lessons? Did he dance with you or play along?

- He was serious like all Georgian boys are. Naturally we fooled around together, but he was not taken to music so seriously since it was understood that one musician in the family is just enough. Though now I think why my son is not a musician - that would be so wonderful. One day Sandro told me: "I don't want to be a musician - I will take up a different profession". This is when I understood the value of dynasties of musicians and directors since in my life I tried so hard thinking and hoping that the coming generation would go in for music too, since it's easier to keep to the beaten track.

- Where did you spend your summer holidays when a child?

- In Surami and in Sukhumi. My granddad was head doctor at Abkhaz railway and every year we spent 3-4 months at sea. My childhood and adolescence belong there.

- Surely you ate tasty food when you were a child, didn't you? What were your favorites and do you cook now?

- My food (laughing) is Georgian salads, pkhali, vegetable mixes with walnuts (bazhe, satsivi).

- But there came a day when you left Georgia? Was it hard to say goodbye to your motherland?

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