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Gvantsa (Gvaneta) Betaneli – georgian classical guitarist, winner of numerous national and international competitions, considered to be one of the best performers of her generation.
Gvaneta was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. She began studying guitar in Georgia at the age of three under the guidance of her father Ferdinand Betaneli. Already 5 years old she played her first solo concert. At the age of 13 she successfully participated in a competition and became soloist of the State Philarmonic of Georgia. One year later she started recording with famous labels in Georgia, afterwards followed lots of concerts in many countries and international career.
Gvaneta graduated with honor from musical gymnasium by Tbilisi State Conservatoire - Central Music School for musical talented kids. At the age of 16 she became the youngest student at Tbilisi V. Sarajishvili State Conservatoire, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master‘s degrees, booth with highest scores.
In 2011 Gvaneta gained DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship to study at the University of Music and Performing Art Frankfurt am Main, Germany (HfMDK Frankfurt). In 2014 she graduated from HfMDK and got a KA Diplom. After that she continued her study at the same university in class of Helmut Osterreich for Master’s degree, which she also finished in 2017 with best marks.
During her study at Tbilisi Conservatoire Gvaneta gained five times in succession scholarship of Georgian President, which is one of the most important awards for students in the country.
In Germany, she has been supported by DAAD scholarship four times. Among them three times she was awarded a semester scholarship-prize for the best foreign students “DAAD STIBET III” 2013, 2014, 2016.
In November 2018 Gvaneta won the audition and was awarded another prestigious scholarship for musicians – Scholarship of Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now e.V foundation.
Gvaneta also has been participating and getting prizes in numerous national and international competitions in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine, Croatia, Russia. She has obtained more than ten prizes such as the Second prize at the 2nd International Guitar Competition Bale-Valle "Live Guitar" (Croatia, Bale); The first prize at the 10th international guitar competition “Guitar Renaissance” (Belarus, Gomel); The second prize at the 1st Tbilisi International Guitar Competition (Georgia Tbilisi); The first prize at the III international competition of musician performers “Renaissance” in (Armenia, Gyumri); The second prize at II national classical guitar competition (Georgia, Tbilisi).
She also received many other awards: in 2010 she was awarded with special diploma of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Embassy of Ukraine in Georgia for doing her special contribution in cultural relations between two countries.
In 2017 she received special diploma from municipality of Cartama (Spain) for her concert tour in Spain.
She regularly introduces master instruments of the best guitar makers and records videos with renowned guitar salon Siccas Guitars (Karlsruhe, Germany). Her Videos have many thousands views on YouTube.
Gvaneta has active concert life. Starting from early years she performed in numerous concert venues in Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Germany, Spain, France and Costa Rica. She has been participating in international charity concerts, festivals, giving master classes. Beside her solo carrier Gvaneta often plays chamber music. She performs lots of concerts as a member of Duos, Trios and different ensembles.
Many reviews about Gvaneta’s concerts has been written by magazines, newspapers and internet portals on other the world.
Along with performing career a young guitarist is also an avid teacher. From 2013 she became a pedagogue of guitar at one of the biggest and prestigious music schools in Germany - Frankfurt State Music School (Musikschule Frankfurt am Main e.V).
Gvaneta spends her free time by reading books, writing some prose, essays and small books about music and art. She has written one essay and several books, out of them one is in Georgian language.
Gvaneta’s another big hobby is photography.