Vakhtang Matchavariani has collaborated with over eighty world-renowned orchestras. He has performed in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Turkey, Serbia, Switzerland, Spain, the Netherlands, Greece, Israel, Russia, Croatia, Ukraine, Armenia, Singapore, Taiwan and Brazil among other nations. The conductor currently works with the Orchestre symphonique national of Belgium. Future plans include performances in Germany and the USA.
Vakhtang Matchavariani has also been associated with a number of opera houses throughout the world, including a seven-year tenure at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. He has been a Guest Conductor with Scottish Opera and has conducted operas in Germany, Russia (Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow), France, Switzerland, Spain and Latvia.
For ten years Vakhtang Matchavariani has been the Artistic Director of the Moscow Festival Orchestra, undertaking numerous concert tours abroad. He has been performing in Moscow for six years and has served as the Millennium Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra of Russia. He has been Artistic Director of the Yevgeny Mikeladze State Symphony Orchestra of Georgia for nine years.
Since 2011 Vakhtang Matchavariani has embraced a vast repertoire with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Ankara in Turkey. Works he has conducted there include Shostakovich’s Seventh, Ninth, Tenth and Twelfth Symphonies, Mahler’s Third Symphony, Beethoven’s Second, Fifth and Sixth Symphonies and Mozart’s Thirty-Ninth Symphony. In January 2013 Vakhtang Matchavariani conducted Alexi Matchavariani’s Second Symphony in a concert commemorating one century since the composer’s birth. In March 2013 he conducted concert performances of Richard Wagner’s operas Tristan und Isolde and Lohengrin with casts of Turkish and German singers.
Vakhtang Matchavariani also works as a composer. He has written a Concertino for Piano and Orchestra and the symphonic poem Nacarqeqia, while two months ago he completed his first symphony.
On 28 and 30 June 2013 Vakhtang Matchavariani conducted Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Il trovatore at the Arena di Roma to commemorate two centuries since the birth of Giuseppe Verdi.
For the 2013-2014 season he has been invited to perform with the Mariinsky Orchestra in St Petersburg and with the Tchaikovsky Orchestra in Moscow. He will conduct the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara and feature in international tours.