International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony of Vano Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire and the International Centre for Georgian Folk Song are pleased to announce that The scholars working on the problems of polyphony are invited to participate in the 9th International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony will be held on 30 October-3 November, 2018, in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Please, carefully read the TIMLINE section and pay

attention to the on-line form of CONFIRMATION OF ACCEPTANCE 

Call for papers of the 9th Symposium 2018


The IRCTP team is happy to announce that specialist of the center Nino Razmadze won Edisher and Giorgi (Gigi) Garakanidze scholarship, established by Georgian Chanting Foundation. We congratulate Nino and wish farther success in her career!


Specialist of IRCTP and doctoral student of ethnomusicology at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Teona Lomsadze won PhD grant of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation. According to the grant, she will realize several scientific activities, including research visits to the world’s famous ethnomusicologists (Bruno Nettl, Jane Sugarman, Caroline Bithell, Martin Stokes) and presenting individual paper at the musicological conference City University of New York (CUNY).

We would like to congratulate Teona and wish her farther success in her scientific career!



On September 5-9, the 33rd European Seminar in Ethnomusicology took place in Tbilisi, Georgia. The conference was hosted by the International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony at Tbilisi State Conservatoire, which is very experienced in holding International Symposia on Traditional Polyphony since 2002.

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Ensemble Adilei and Canta Premana will conduct a concert of traditional folk music in the recital hall of the Tbilisi State Conservatory, September 4th at 7PM.

The concert will take place as a part of the 33rd Annual European Seminar in Ethnomusicology.

Entrance is free.

The deadline of receiving abstracts for the 33th ESEM seminar expired on March 15, 2017; 66 scholars from 22 countries have applied for participation.  The program committee will make announcement about the receipt in the middle of April. The Draft program will be uploaded on the web-site of ESEM in the May 1, 2017.


Photo by Giorgi khutsishvili


The International research Centre for Traditional Polyphony of Tbilisi State Conservatoire is saddened by the passing of Islam Pilpani – legendary in his lifetime folk musician. Long and fruitful activity made him a musical symbol of his native region. It was incredible, for Georgian and foreign musicians or simply music lovers to bypass Islam and his family. A brilliant choir master, singer and inimitable connoisseur of Svan musical instruments, a number of folk musicians were raised under his direction in ensemble Riho, which is known not only in Georgia, but in most remote foreign countries as well.

Islam hosted everyone who visited Svaneti, tirelessly shared his rich experience to all- both Georgians and foreigners, willing to learn Sval songs, including the participants of the International Symposia on Traditional Polyphony.

Islam was a distinguished and unique, his personality as thou united millennia-old history and contemporaneity of Svan culture, for this his every appearance on the stage made mesmerizing effect on the audience. This is an immense lost for Georgian culture. May he rest in peace!