Nasidze, Sulkhan, Russian composer; b. Tiflis, March 17, 1927. He studied piano and composition at the Tbilisi Cons., where in 1963 he joined its staff. In 1974 he became artistic director of the State Phil, of Georgia in Tbilisi. His music is imbued with Georgian melorhythms, and is set in a fairly advanced idiom. He wrote 2 piano concertos (1954, 1961), 5 syms. (1958, 1964, 1970, 1972, 1975), Rhapsody on themes of old Tiflis for Orch. (1964), Cello Concerto (1974), Piano Trio (1958), 2 string quartets (1968, 1971), Polyphonic Sonata for Piano, and many vocal works.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis Mclntire