(biography, photos, videos) Vakhtang Kikabidze
Vakhtang Kikabidze: biography
Vakhtang Kikabidze is a Georgian and Soviet singer and actor, who conquered hearts of the audience with their sincerity and warmth of the voice. His songs «My years — my wealth,» «Farewell love», «Chito gvrito» is still loved by many listeners, and the films «Mimino», «don’t grieve!», «TASS is authorized to declare…» included in the Golden Fund of Russian cinema.
Vakhtang was born in Tbilisi, in the family, which was descended from the ancient Georgian noble families. His father Konstantin was a journalist, mother, Manana K. – quite a famous singer. Unfortunately, at the beginning of the war, Kikabidze, Sr. went missing near Kerch, and raising the boy was engaged uncle, mother’s brother.
Vakhtang was surrounded by music from an early age, often went backstage at the theaters where my mother stood. But then his singing was not interested. Like learning in school: few people know that Kikabidze was in the second year due to problems with mathematics. The main passion of the young Vic was a fine art. He’s willing to spend hours to paint their imaginations, stopped only by lack of paper with which the country was very tight. But the teenager found out – he left his paintings for the endpapers of books, in notebooks and even on the free space in the Newspapers.
For the first time come to the microphone, a young man in the last class of the school. He came to the rehearsal the Amateur band of his friend and so imbued with what is happening, quickly learned to play percussion instruments, and later began to sing.
After school Kikabidze two years he studied at the Tbilisi University, then defeated two courses at the Tbilisi Institute of foreign languages. But both schools he was throwing because of the burning desire to perform on stage.
In 1959, Vakhtang Kikabidze got a job in the Tbilisi Philharmonic and began touring with a team of entertainers. Challenge the young singer to perform songs in Georgian, Russian, Italian and English and to copy the manner of domestic and foreign stars. I must say that came out in Kikabidze this musical parody is fine, but then he wanted not to repeat, but to create something of their own.
He organized a Quartet «Dialo», but soon moved to the team «Orera», whose name is translated into Russian language something like «La-La-La.» There is an artist, as in the school orchestra, sang and played drums, often at the same time. According to Kikabidze, «Orera» was the first Soviet vocal-instrumental ensemble.
Along with this, VIA Vic toured the country, recorded a number of popular hits such as «Song about Tbilisi», «Juanita», «Love is beautiful», «Native land». The entire team managed to produce with the participation of Kikabidze 8 plates, after which he began a solo career.
With the first independent hits of the singer of the song is called «Last cab», «Mzeo Mariam» and «Chito Gvrito», which was included in the soundtrack of the film «Mimino». The first full-length album was released in 1979 and was called «Until the heart sings». Then there was the album «Wish», which Kikabidze sang songs of his friend, composer Alex Aciman. But perhaps the most popular song performed by Vakhtang Kikabidze is a philosophical composition «My years — my wealth».
It is interesting that even now, despite his advanced age, the artist continues to tour and give solo concerts not only in Georgia but also abroad. He toured with concerts throughout five continents, and everywhere was received very warmly.
In 1966, Vakhtang Kikabidze, who performs on stage with his band, said the representatives of the Studio and offered to try yourself in the movie. He starred in the Comedy «Meeting in mountains». It so happened that Kikabidze’s film career developed simultaneously and in parallel the singing.
Three years later Vakhtang played in the movie George Danelia «do Not cry,» for which he received the prize of the International film festival in Cartagena. This picture began long-term cooperation of the talented Director and actor. It resulted in the legendary film «Mimino», Comedy, «fortune», the cartoon «Ku! Kin-DZA-DZA» in which the actor voiced one of the characters. It is interesting that in the movie George Danelia Vakhtang appears in the credits under his childhood nickname, as Buba Kikabidze. This emphasizes his friendship with the famous Director.
In addition to films Danelia is to provide such films as the musical «melodies of Vera quarter», a fun fantasy, «Dumas in the Caucasus» romantic Comedy «Olga and Konstantin», a children’s film «Morning without marks». And, of course, was incredibly popular spyware detective «TASS is authorized to declare…,» which also starred other big stars of domestic film Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Yuri Solomin, Irina Alferova, Ivar Kalnynsh and many others.
You can not leave without attention and two Directors Vakhtang Kikabidze — a Comedy in four short stories «God bless you, dear!» and a collection of short stories «Men and all others», also shot in the Comedy genre. Both pictures, incidentally, delivered by the author’s script Vakhtang Konstantinovich, was awarded in international film festivals.
Vakhtang Kikabidze has always attracted the attention of women, but he remained faithful to a single wife. In 1965 he married the prima ballerina of the Tbilisi academic Opera theatre of Irina Kebadze.
In this Union they had a son Constantine, who was named in honor of the missing grandfather. Interestingly, the son has realized her childhood hobby of Vakhtang Konstantinovich and became a professional artist. He now lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
Also in the family were brought up Marina Sagaradze – her daughter Irina from her first marriage with actor Guram Sagaradze. Marina also became an actress and now teaches in high school theater. The children gave Kikabidze three grandchildren.
Vakhtang Kikabidze is an honorary citizen of Tbilisi. In Georgia he was given the honour to have its own «star» on the square in front of Tbilisi Philharmonic hall. Also his name can be found on «Star Square» in Moscow.
- 1978 — Sings Buba Kikabidze
- 1979 — Until the heart sings
- 1981 — the Wish
- 1983 — Vakhtang Kikabidze sings songs. Morozov
- 1997 — the Secret of happiness
- 1999 — love tango
- 2003 — Georgia, my love
- 2006 Akiman. Kikabidze. We have now
- 2007 — I’m not rushing life
- 2008 — the Prose of life
- 1969 — don’t worry!
- 1974 — Melodies veriiskogo quarter
- 1976 — the lost expedition
- 1977 — Mimino
- 1984 — TASS is authorized to declare…
- 1984 — Olga and Konstantin
- 1994 — Merry trip
- 2000 — Fortuna
- 2008 — Queen
- 2013 — Ded 005