About the Authors

Manana Andriadze (†2013) was Doctor of Arts, Professor and Chair of Music Theory at Tbilisi State Conservatoire, and former Vice-rector of the same institution. Her scientific research covers issues of theory, history and paleography of old and new Georgian music. She was the first scholar to discuss in a scientific way the existence of neumes system in new Georgian hymnographic monuments (18th–19th centuries). Dr. Andriadze was the founder of the Church Music Department within the Conservatoire (in 2007) and the leader of this department.

Eka Dughashvili is a researcher at the Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts and associate professor at the St. Andrew the First – Called University of the Patriarchate of Georgia. She studied at the I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Faculty of the Classical and Byzantine Philology) and at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Byzantine philology). She defended her doctoral thesis in 2001: Ancient Georgian translations of Cosma Jerusalem’s hymnography according to 10th century hymnbook Iadgari. She is currently working on a new project: Biblical Scenes (The Old and New Testament) in the Decoration of the Georgian Manuscripts: Literary and Iconographical Sources.

Ketevan Matiashvili is musicologist, ethnomusicologist, head of the Georgian Folk Music Laboratory at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, and member of the Bible translation group at the Patriarchate of Georgia. She graduated from the Department of Georgian folk music at Tbilisi State Conservatoire (1987) and the Department of Christian Anthropology at Tbilisi Theological Academy (1994). As a church singer and member of sacred and secular ensemble Sathanao, Dr. Matiashvili is also involved in the publishing group which issues many archive audio albums and sheet music collections of Georgian Church hymns.

Ekaterine Oniani is musicologist, associate professor at the Vano Saradjisvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire and Giorgi Mtatsmindeli High School of Ecclesiastical Chant, member of the Representative Council of Tbilisi State Conservatoire and member of the Georgian National Committee of Byzantine Studies. She graduated from the Department of Musicology of Tbilisi State Conservatoire (Music Theory, 1996). In 2004 Dr. Oniani defended her thesis Neumatic Script and Method of Neumatization in Georgian Liturgical Practice (according to the manuscripts of 10th and 19th centuries) under the supervision of Professor Manana Andriadze. Her scholarly interest is focused on music paleography, especially on Georgian neumatic notation.

David Shugliashvili is a musicologist specialized in Church Music, and a representative of the first generation of the acclaimed choir of the Anchiskhati church (Tbilisi), famous for its restoration efforts to return Georgian chant to the Divine Service, where he serves as a member and a producer. Dr. Shugliashvili works at the Musical Department of Georgian National Library and as an associated professor at St. Giorgi Mtatsmindeli University of Church Chant and Tbilisi National Conservatory. He is the author of more than twenty scientific works and articles, the main subjects being Georgian traditional music and chant.

Magda Sukhiashvili is pedagogue and head of the Sacred Music Laboratory of Tbilisi State Conservatoire. She is also a member of Georgian National Committee of Byzantine Studies. Graduated from the Department of Music History at Tbilisi State Conservatoire (1987) and the Department of Christian Anthropology at Tbilisi Theological Academy (1994), Dr. Sukhiashvili holds a Ph.D. with the title Principal Aspects of the Canonic of the Ecclesiastical Chanting in Old Georgian Sacred Music. She is the author of many papers and the book Philimon Koridze (2004; co-author Ekaterine Sanikidze).