24. 11. 1963.
A teacher at the Georgian Folk Music Department of Tbilisi State Conservatoire and theological Seminary. Leads one of the work-shops at the High School of Georgian Chant and Song, Founder. Was the leader (1988-2007) of Anchiskhati Church Choir. Graduated from the faculty of musicology of Tbilisi State Conservatoire (specialized in folklore, 1990). His scholarly interest is focused on the revival of lesser known Georgian folk songs and ancient church chants and on the maintenance of the correct form of their performance manner. He directs folk ensemble Sakhioba and Mama Daviti Church choir. Has published about 25 CDs with different ensembles (Anchiskhati Choir, Dzveli kiloebi, Mama Daviti church choir, Sakhioba); participates in field expeditions, leads consultations for the performers of Georgian songs and chants in Georgia and abroad. Has published 9 collections of Georgian church hymn transcriptions. His researchs are also dedicated to Georgian scale and nature of Georgian polyphony.
Erkvanidze’s main works:
Kartuli musikis tsqoba (problemebi and mosazrebebi) (Structure of Georgian music; Problems and reflections). (1991). In the collection: Tsurtsumia, Rusudan (editors). Dzveli kartuli profesiuli musika; Istoriisa da teoriis sakitkhebi (Old Georgian professional music; Issues of history and theory): 172-193. Tbilisi: Tbilisi State Conservatoire (in Georgian)
Kartuli mravalkhmianobis buneba. Formata ertianobis shesakheb (Nature of Georgian polyphony. On unity of forms). (2001). In the collection: Tsurtsumia, Rusudan (editor). Issues of Sacred and secular music. Proceedings from the international scientific conference dedicated to the 2000th anniversary from the birth of Christ and the 3000th anniversary from formation of Georgian State: 86-100. Tbilisi: Tbilisi V. Sarajishvili State Conservatoire; foundation “Open Society –Georgia” (in Georgian, with English resume)
Ekrdzale tavsa shensa (2002). Kartuli galobis tanamedrove problemebi (Modern issues of Georgian church music): 91:106. Tbilisi: Patriarchy of Georgia, Center of Georgian Chanting (in Georgian)
Kartuli musikis bgerattsqoba (Problemebi, mosazrebebi) (Sound-scale of Georgian music; problems, reflections). (2003). Tsurtsumia, Rusudan and Jordania, Joseph (editors). The First International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony: 173-185. Tbilisi: International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony (in Georgian, with English resume)
Kartuli sagaloblebis aghdgena-restavratsia – kartuli samgaloblo skolis ert-erti prioriteti (Restoration of Georgian chants – one of the priorities of Georgian chanting school). (2008). Tsurtsumia, Rusudan and Jordania, Joseph (editors). The Third International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony: 449-468. Tbilisi: International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony of the Tbilisi State Conservatoire