Luka Gadeliya is the prominent cultural figure of the Republic of Abkhazia. He is a young and talented musician, Lauriat of a number of international contests. He works as an organ player at the legendary Pitsunda Cathedral erected in the 10th century in honor of the St. Andrew the Apostle. http://www.lukagadeliya.net/eng
The organist for the first time in history presented the Abkhazian culture in Great Britain and ethnic music based on the themes of Abkhazian songs and national anthems personally arranged by Luka Gadeliya for the «king of the musical instruments».
The concert was held in the Cambridge University Church of Great St. Mary famous for its musical traditions. This church provides wonderful facilities for performing organ music- two pipe organs which have a very specific sound quality. These organs enabled the players to expose a wide range of various sounds of music of different ages.
The concert at the University of Oxford was organized at the Chapel of The Queen’s College being one of the main sights of Oxford. The organ manufactured by the Frobenius Company was set up in this Church in 1965 and the temple is famous for the most outstanding choir at the Oxford University.
«I feel deeply honored to be able to perform in the oldest and the most prestigious Universities of Great Britain such as University of Oxford and Cambridge which are among the top 10 world Universities. It is at these Universities where knowledge is obtained by those individuals who are to determine the identity of our civilization tomorrow. I really want high arts and classical music to evoke good will of the among nations. I want classical music, being the most universal and international language to help the nations meet and reach understanding between common people. I believe that organ music makes people happier as it helps to open up their hearts, let the light and love in their souls and achieve harmony», – said Luka Gadeliya on the eve of his upcoming visit.
The concert program included the following pieces:
«Abhazian capriccio» (national spiritual songs Abkhazians in transcription for organ by L. Gadeliya)
J.S. Bach – S.M. Widor - «Mattheus-Final» and «Siziliana» from «Bach's Memento»
J.S. Bach – A. Guilmant « Simfonia» from Cantata №29
3 miniatures: P.I. Tchaikovsky «Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy», Sancan «Princess Dreams», «Mechanical toy»(transcription for organ by L. Gadeliya)
J.S. Bach ( 1685-1750) prelude h moll
R. Schumann ( 1810- 1865) 4 Skizzen
J. Bonnet ( 1884-1944) Heroic caprice (cadenza for pedal solo by L. Gadeliya)
The concert tour of Luka Gadeliya in Great Britain happened due to the charitable support of the Ministry Culture of the Abkhazian Republic organizational support of Tatyana and Mark White.