Gabunia studied piano and composition at the Moscow Conservatory (1957-1961) under Alexander Goldenweiser and Aram Khachaturian, in 1962 he returned to the Tbilisi State Conservatory. As a composer, Nodar Gabunia preferred to work in the Chamber Music and Symphonic genres. He is the author 3 symphonies, 3 piano concertos, concerto for violin and orchestra, 2 string quartets, 3 piano sonatas, a piano trio, 2 song cycles and numerous other compositions. One of his acclaimed works, music for theatre and films, the Fable by Sulkhan Saba (1964) has been awarded the Grand Prix of Unesco International Music Competition (1973).
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