UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will nominate renowned Georgian pianist Elisso Bolkvadze a UNESCO Artist for Peace at a ceremony at the Organization’s Paris Headquarters on 22 January (Hall Segur, 6.30 p.m.).
Elisso Bolkvadze is named in recognition of her support for the musical education and artistic creativity of talented young Georgians, and her dedication to UNESCO’s ideals.
Born in Tbilissi in Elisso Bolkvadze’s formidable musical talent was recognized in early childhood. She gave her first concert with an orchestra at the age of seven and graduated from the Tbilissi Conservatory in 1995. She began her professional career in France and Austria, and has since performed in the most prestigious concert halls of Europe and the United States, accompanied by such renowned orchestras as the Orchestra of Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation), the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra (Portugal), the National Symphony Orchestra of Georgia and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France.
Ms Bolkvadze has won several international prizes in Germany, Portugal and the United States. In 2012 she created the Lyra Foundation to help talented young Georgian musicians with their studies.
UNESCO Artists for Peace are internationally-renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to help promote UNESCO’s message and programmes. UNESCO works with these distinguished personalities in order to heighten public awareness regarding key development issues and to inform the public what our Organization's action is in these fields.
Journalists who wish to attend the nomination ceremony require accreditation.