Dr. Eka Gogichashvili
Associate Professor of Violin
Dr. EKA GOGICHASHVILI was named in August 2000 to serve Baylor University as an Assistant Professor of Violin, a newly created position within the School of Music. She holds dual Bachelor of Music degrees in violin performance from Balanchivadze College of Music in Tbilisi, Georgia (former Soviet Union) and from Rowan University, New Jersey. She also holds dual Master of Music degrees in violin performance from Tbilisi State Conservatory in Tbilisi, Georgia and Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Music. At the time of her appointment to Baylor University School of Music, Ms. Gogichashvili was teaching undergraduate and graduate violin at the Louisiana State University while completing the majority of her Doctoral of Music Arts degree.
Throughout her studies and career, Ms. Gogichashvili has appeared in numerous performances as a soloist, chamber music and orchestra music player. She has played solo recitals in Tbilisi as well as in United States, and also has performed as a soloist with the Tbilisi State Symphony Orchestra and the Tbilisi Radio-TV Symphony Orchestra. In February 2001, she appeared at the Texas Music Educator's Association (TMEA) convention as featured soloist with the Baylor Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has played with the Contemporary Chamber Players, the LSU Piano Trio, the Tbilisi String Quartet, and the Elag Quartet and is currently performing with the Baylor University Faculty String Quartet. As an orchestra player, she has appeared as first violin in the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra Arco, the Bridgeton Symphony Orchestra, and the Belcanto Opera; and as principal second violin in the Tbilisi Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Gogichashvili is currently the concertmaster of the Ohio Light Opera.
Ms. Gogichashvili has participated in several competitions. As first violinist of the Balanchivadze College of Music string quartet, she won the 1988 National Chamber Music Competition (Tbilisi, Georgia). As a soloist, she was awarded the 1989 National Solo Competition (Tbilisi, Georgia), and was declared the winner of the 1994 Tbilisi State Conservatory Concerto Competition. As first violin of the Tbilisi String Quartet, she was a winner at the 1995 MTNA National Chamber Music Competition. Among her awards are the Welch Foundation Violin Scholarship at LSU.
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