Giya Kancheli

Georgian composer (1935-2019)

Giya Kancheli (Georgian: გია ყანჩელი; August 10, 1935 – October 2, 2019) was an Georgian composer.[1] After the fall of the Soviet Union he became famous as one of the composers who resisted pressure to conform to official Soviet styles of music.[2] Kancheli has composed many soundtracks for movies such as Mimino, Kin-dza-dza!, Passport, Blue Mountains, The Eccentrics, and Extraordinary Exhibition.

Giya Kancheli
Giya Kancheli(2010)
Background information
Born(1935-07-10)July 10, 1935
Tbilisi, Georgia (country)
DiedOctober 2, 2019(2019-10-02) (aged 84)
Tbilisi, Georgia
GenresFilm score, contemporary classical music, jazz
Years active1964–2014

Kancheli died at his home in Tbilisi on October 2, 2019 at the age of 84.[3]


  1. "Giya Kancheli". The Living Composers Project. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  2. Joseph Stevenson. "Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  3. Умер Гия Канчели - создатель музыки к "Мимино" и "Кин-дза-дза" (in Russian)

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