Marina Adamia

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Biographical note

Marina Adamia was born in Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. She studied piano and composition from an early age, initially under the supervision of Nodar Mamisashvili and then for a period at Tbilisi Conservatoire. She continued her studies at Moscow Conservatoire with Nikolai Sidelnikov and Edison Denisov and graduated with a degree in Music Theory and Composition. On her return to Georgia Marina taught at a Tbilisi music college and worked as music director of the Akhaltsikhe Drama Theatre while continuing to compose. Marina moved to the United Kingdom in 1991 and settled in Edinburgh. She was awarded a PhD degree in composition by Edinburgh University where she studied under Professor Nigel Osborne. She currently teaches part-time at the University.

Marina is a freelance professional composer and now divides her time between Edinburgh and Tbilisi. Her compositions range from solo pieces to works for full orchestra and have been performed in Georgia, the other republics of the South Caucasus, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Germany. She has been instrumental in bringing the international charity War Child to Georgia where musicians from abroad work with locals using music in the rehabilitation of refugee and street children. She is also involved in organizing concerts and seminars in Edinburgh and Tbilisi.

Marina's recent works include incidental music for a play commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival, a Scottish Chamber Orchestra commission, the music element of a joint project involving Creative Scotland award-winning animator Jessica Langford and choreographer Norman Douglas, and a commission from the Hebrides Ensemble. Marina has recently completed a major orchestral commission from St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh.

Professional history

1997 – 2003: Faculty of Music, University of Edinburgh. Part-time tutor in composition.

1994 – 1996: Faculty of Music, University of Edinburgh. Teaching assistant in composition.

1992 – 1998: Faculty of Music, University of Edinburgh. Studied for PhD degree in composition with Professor Nigel Osborne.

1983 – 1991: Faculty of Music Theory, Dimitri Araqishvili College, Tbilisi. Taught music theory.

1978 – 1983: Faculty of Music Theory and Composition, Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Moscow. Degree in Music Theory and Composition. Studied composition and orchestration with Prof. Nikolai Sidelnikov and Edison Denisov.

1976 – 1978: Faculty of Composition, Sarajishvili Conservatoire, Tbilisi. Studied composition with Nodar Mamisashvili.

1972 – 1976: Faculty of Piano and Music Theory, Meliton Balanchivadze Music College, Tbilisi.

Works and performances

1976: Sonata for Cello and Piano performed by Mikheil Khoshtaria and Nana Khubutia in the Great Hall of Tbilisi Conservatoire (1976) and in Moscow Conservatoire (1977)

1978: String Quartet No. 1 performed in the White Hall of Moscow Conservatoire (1978)

1979a: Two Choral Pieces on Texts by Vazha-Pshavela performed in the White Hall of Moscow Conservatoire (1979)

1979b: Four Choral Pieces on Folk Texts performed by the Conservatoire Choir conducted by Givi Bolashvili in Tbilisi Conservatoire (1979)

1980a: Three Choral Landscapes

1980b: Four Pieces for String Quartet

1981: Choral Piece on a Text by G. Tabidze with chamber ensemble accompaniment

1982a: Four Romances on a Text by A. Kalandadze for soprano and chamber ensemble performed in Dilijan, Armenia (1985)

1982b: String Quartet No. 2

1983: Concerto for Violin and Symphony Orchestra performed by Nazim Amedov and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Kozhukhar’ in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire (1983)

1984: Two Choral Pieces on Texts by Tariel Chanturia

1985a: Six Piano Miniatures performed by Maia Narimanidze in Tbilisi Conservatoire (1985) and in Nizhniy Novgorod Conservatoire (1986)

1986b: Five Bagatelles for Violin and Piano performed by Nazim Amedov and Maia Narimanidze in Tbilisi at the Transcaucasian Spring music festival (1988)

1986: Music for Percussion Instruments

1987a: Three Pieces for Chamber Orchestra

1987b: Fantasy for Piano performed by Maia Narimanidze at the Musicians’ Union, Tbilisi (1987)

1988: Seven Songs from Old Chinese Poetry for soprano, tenor and chamber ensemble

1989a: Six Pieces for a Violet-Loving Girl for piano, performed by Tsignadze in Tbilisi Conservatoire (1989) and by Colin Kingsley in the Reid Hall, Edinburgh (May 1999)

1989b: Choral Cycle on texts by A. Kalandadze for six sopranos and six altos

1990: Five Pieces for Five Performers for flute, clarinet, piano and percussion performed by the Endymion Ensemble at the Almeida Theatre, London (9 July 1994)

1992: Five Pieces for Piano performed by Alex Taylor in the Reid Hall, Edinburgh (June 1994) and in the Purcell Room, London (8 January 1997)

1993a: mts’ukhris niavi ('The Wind of Sorrow') five songs for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra

1993b: Miniature for flute, cor anglais, clarinet, horn, marimba, harp and violin performed by Edinburgh University student ensemble conducted by Jeremy Cull in St Mary’s Church, Edinburgh (1993)

1994a: Science Fiction trio for saxophone, cello and piano commissioned by Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust (ECAT) and performed by the NKG Ensemble in the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh (6 February 1995), Århus, Denmark (18 February 1995) and Karlsruhe, Germany (21 February 1995)

1994b: Bagatelle for cello and piano performed by Dee Isaacs and Ingrid Sawers in the Reid Hall, Edinburgh (17 June 1994)

1995: The Birth of Enkidu for 42-piece orchestra commissioned by Edinburgh University Chamber Orchestra and performed by the Orchestra conducted by Edward Harper in the Reid Hall, Edinburgh (November 1995)

1996: Five Bagatelles for Ensemble commissioned by the One Voice Ensemble and performed by the Ensemble conducted by Jeremy Cull in the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh (7 May 1997)

1997a: String Quartet No. 3

1997b: Snow Fell on Winter Gardens three poems for 24 voices and orchestra

1998: Aria for String Quartet commissioned by the Edinburgh String Quartet and performed by the Quartet in the Reid Hall, Edinburgh (April 1998)

1999a: Three Bagatelles for Cello and Piano performed by Dee Isaacs and Alice Mulley in the Reid Hall, Edinburgh (May 1999)

1999b: Georgian Folk Songs for string orchestra conducted by Stephen Deazley as part of the ‘Concert for the Children of the Caucasus' at Café Graffiti, Edinburgh (18 December 1999)

2000: Gravity for string trio commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival and performed by Kathryn Greely, Mairi Campbell and Robin Mason at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, at Tramway, Glasgow, and in Livingston, Musselburgh and Stirling (30 May - 17 June 2000)

2001a: A' Choille Luaineach ('The Restless Wood') Scottish Chamber Orchestra Year of the Artist commission for SLYMM orchestra performed by members of the SCO and SLYMM conducted by Stephen Deazley in Portree, Skye

2001b: At the Still Point of the Turning World music for animation dance performance (Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Award 2000) performed by Peter Evans, Dee Isaacs and John Poulter at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow (20 October 2001)

2002a: Penumbra for clarinet, viola, cello and piano commissioned by the Hebrides Ensemble and performed by Lawrence Gill, Catherine Marwood, William Conway and Peter Evans in the Cowdray Hall, Aberdeen (20 January 2003), Gordonstoun School (21 January 2003), St Leonard’s School, St Andrews (23 January 2003) and Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh (24 January 2003)

2002b: The Little Drummer Boy for orchestra commissioned by St Mary's Music School, Edinburgh

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