A fine soloist is sadly widowed in mid-concert

August 27, 2017 by norman lebrecht


From the international violinist, Liana Isakadze:

Dear friends. We regret to inform you that Prof. Thamaz Chachava, spouse of Liana Isakadze has passed away yesterday, during a concert of Night Serenades Festival, held in Batumi.
Funeral will be held on Thursday, August 31, in Tbilisi.

Liana Isakadze, a Georgian student of David Oistrakh, moved to France after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Her husband appears to have died during a concert at a festival she directs in Tbilisi.


Comments (2)

  1. Elizabeth Owen says:

    Batumi is a seaside town on the Black sea. Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia and some miles away.

  2. David Burnett says:

    Night Serenades is held in Batumi and Tbilisi. Thomaz Chachava passed collapsed right after we finished playing Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence (arranged for string orchestra by Liana Isakadze). We were going into intermission when it happened. We tried giving him CPR until the ambulance and paramedics arrived, but to no avail. Thomaz was a wonderful man. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

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