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For the first time in the history of the Conductors' Academy, a conductor has won both the "Paavo Järvi Scholarship" and the international audience vote.

Co-founder and Music director of the Tbilisi Youth Orchestra, Mirian Khukhunaishvili, is an Iceland-based Georgian conductor. Praised by Andrew Mellor as a conductor who knows exactly what he wants, the young Maestro is on his way to conquering the hearts of European orchestras. 
Mirian has led orchestras such as the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, North Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Academy Orchestra and all major Georgian orchestras and choirs.
He has worked with world-renowned musicians, including Eliso Virsaladze, Paata Burchuladze, George Gagnidze, Nino Machaidze, Valeriy Sokolov, Alexander Buzlov, Eduard Brunner, Anastasia Kobekina, Luka Okros, Szymon Nehring, Mariam Batsashvili, Veriko Tchumburidze and others. 

Mirian will return to the Berlin Konzerthaus with the Tbilisi Youth Orchestra at the “Young Euro Classics” in August 2023. 
Since 2021 Mirian has served as an invited faculty member at the Iceland University of the Arts, where he teaches conducting classes and leads the university choir.
In 2020 he earned his doctoral degree in conducting at the Academy of Music in Krakow.
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