“I was a successful ballet dancer in Georgia, but when I realized that I wanted to become a conductor of an orchestra, I knew I had to leave. The conservatory I was at in Georgia did not offer this specialization at the time.
“I was no stranger to travel, but I knew that this time it would be different – I was planning on leaving for good, and I had to plan everything ahead. I believe that the success of my emigration was due to good planning.
“First, I had to choose the right place to master this complex profession, and then I had to select a country for which I had the right language skills. I had to think about the funding opportunities and a place to stay. With all this in mind I chose Ukraine. I joined the National Music Academy of Ukraine and became a student of the great Roman Kofman.
“No matter how well you prepare, still there are many hardships to overcome in a foreign country: documents, finances, new culture, mentality, lifestyle, you name it. But Ukraine turned out to be a very tolerant country, with people that are especially kind towards migrants. I started learning the language and very soon I made many friends. I never feel isolated in Ukraine. I even met my wife here and now we have a one-year-old son.
“I am quite happy with my life. I even lead my own chamber ensemble now – Armonia Ludus. But my connection to Georgia is stronger than ever – I participate in many concerts and international festivals that are organized in Georgia; I maintain close relations with Georgian diaspora in Ukraine, which helps me overcome the nostalgic feelings that I often get when I think about my country.”