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Josef Bardanshvili

Josef Bardanashvili

Since its inception (1973), the Arthur Rubinstein Society has commissioned works by Israeli composers which have premiered in the International Master Competitions. The work commissioned for the 11th Competition is by Israeli composer, Josef Bardanashvili, who has composed the piece "Fantasia."

The competitors can choose to play this obligatory piece in either the First or Second Stage in the Competition.


Josef Bardanashvili was born in 1948, Batumi, Georgia. He is a composer of stage, orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal, and piano works that have been performed throughout Europe and in the USA.

Mr. Bardanashvili studied with Aleksandr Shaverzashvili at the Music Academy in Tbilisi, where he graduated with a DMus in composition in 1976.

Among his honors are the title of Honored Artist of Georgia (1988), the Paliashvili Award (1997), the ACUM Composer of the Year Prize (1998), the Margalit Prize (1999, for Dybbuk [incidental music]), the Award of the Israeli Prime Minister (2000),  the ACUM Mifal Chaim Prize for Life Achievement (2002), Israel Theater  Music Oscar (2003) and the ACUM prize, ''Composer of the Year'' in 2004. 

Many leading conductors (Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Lior Shambadal, Shlomo Mintz, Djansug Kachidze, Gisele Ben-Dor, Uri Segal, Gabor Hollerung, Zsolt Nagy, Steven Sloan), ensembles, orchestras, and soloists have performed his music throughout Georgia and Israel as well as in Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, the UK, and the USA.

He is also active in other positions. He served as director of the Music College in Batumi from 1986-91 and served as the Deputy Culture Minister of the autonomous region Adjaria in Georgia in 1993-94. He taught at the Camera Obscura College in 1998-99 and at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv University from 1998-2000.

Since 1995, he has lived in Israel. In addition to his activities as a composer, he was the Musical  Director of  the  International  Biennial for Contemporary  Music "Tempus  Fugit"  in  2002 and 2004. He has also composed much music for film and theater, and in addition, is a painter who has exhibited his works in both Georgia and Israel.

Previous works commissioned for the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competitions

10th Competition 2001  Oded Zehavi Memories
10th Competition 2001   Ben-Zion Orgad Tone-Alleys
9th Competition 1998 Eliezer Elper Toccata-Poema
9th Competition 1998 Gil Shohat Sparks from the Beyond
8th Competition 1995 Mark Kopytman Alliterations
8th Competition 1995 Zvi Avni Triptych
7th Competition 1992    Noam Sheriff   For Ella
7th Competition 1992    Joseph Dorfman Verses from Klezmer-Ballade
6th Competition    1989 Moshe Zorman Fascinating Rhythm
6th Competition  1989  Ron Weidberg Impromptu No. 2
6th Competition 1989  Jan Radzynski   Mazurka
5th Competition 1986 Oedon Partos Metamorphoses
4th Competition 1983      Ami Maayani  Impromptu No. 2
3rd Competition  1980    Jacob Gilboa  Reflections on the Three Chords of Alban Berg
2nd Competition  1977  Shulamit Ran   Hyperbolae
1st Competition    1974 Haim Alexander Patterns