Giya Kancheli

Georgian composer

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
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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
Associated actsJansug Kakhidze

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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Joseph Stevenson. "Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Умер Гия Канчели - создатель музыки к "Мимино" и "Кин-дза-дза" (in Russian)

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