It could be said that the festival was destined for success from the very start, as its founder is the great modernist pianist, artist, and teacher Eliso Virsaladze. Established artists and the next generation of musicians flock to the festival from all over the world, with Eliso Virsaladze’s students from the Tbilisi State Conservatory also performing at the festival.
Traditionally, there is a great deal of variety in the program, with both classical and contemporary works performed.
The festival, which lasts for about a week, is hosted at the Telavi Drama Theatre. This cultural establishment is about two hundred years old and is the oldest in the Caucasus.
At the same time that you attend the many concerts that take place during the festival, you can also enjoy sightseeing in the beautiful city, go see the historical area and King Erekle II’s palace museum, and walk around Nadikvari Park, from where you can take in a view of the Alazani Valley and the grandeur of the Caucasus Mountains.
If you’re a lover of music, the International Music Festival of Telavi is a rare treat.