SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
ACADEMIC PERSONNEL
ILIA STATE UNIVERSITY

School of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Music

Music Centre Director, lecturer





Marina Adamia begun writing music at an early age. Her first teacher was the well-known Georgian composer Nodar Mamisashvili. On graduating Music cillege, she decided to pursue her artistic ambitions at Moscow Conservatoire, where she studied with Nikolai Sidelnikov and Edison Denisov, two leading composers of their generation.

In 1991 Marina moved to Scotland, where she completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh under professor Nigel Osborne. She stayed in Britain until 2006, working as a freelance composer and teaching composition and music theory at Reid School of Music, the University of Edinburgh. During these years Marina was actively involved in creative work, writing music for various Scottish and European ensembles. Marina’s compositions range from chamber pieces to works for full orchestra. Her works have been performed in Europe and abroad by a range of well-known ensembles, such as BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Endymion Ensemble, The Emperor Quartet, The Edinburgh Quartet, The NKG Ensemble, The One Voice Ensemble, and others. Her commissions include writing music for Edinburgh Festival, Scottish Arts Council, etc. Her joint work with choreographer Norman Douglass and animator Jessica Langford won a prestigious Creative Scotland Award.

On her return to Georgia, Marina set up a Music Centre at the recently founded Ilia State University, where she currently lectures and works as director of the Centre. She pioneered implementation of new to Georgia disciplines of Electroacoustic Music, Jazz and Pop-music and Early Music studies n BA and PhD levels.

In the 1990s Marina was pivotal in bringing the charity War Child to Georgia to implement a creative arts training programme for social workers and psychologists working with children suffering from post-war trauma and with street children. Her current ambition is to implement a systemic study programme in Music in the Community. Scientific interests /

Scientific interests / research interests

  • Acoustic composition
  • Materials and techniques of contemporary music
  • History and theory of contemporary music
  • Contemporary playing techniques
  • Three-phaze compositional system of Nodar Mamisashvili

  • Marina Adamia. 5 pieces for piano. Musical collection CD “12 Georgian and 12 German female composers of contemporary piano music.” “Artspero”, Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, Tbilisi, 2014.
  • Marina Adamia. Homage clarinet, violin, cello and piano. Customer: Pendulum Series, Edinburgh. Performance: St. Petersburg International Contemporary Art Festival “From the Avant-garde to the Present Day. Continuation 4 “, Sheremetyevo Palace, 2015; The Artisan Trio, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 2013
  • Marina Adamia, Reflections in the Mirror. New Music for Scotland: Music for the Adventurous (CD); recorded at the Queens Hall, Edinburgh, February 4, 2008.
  • Marina Adamia, Vestigia. ECAT: Music for the Adventurous (CD); recorded at the Queens Hall, Edinburgh, December 9, 2003.
  • Marina Adamia, Penumbra. Hebrides Ensemble (CD); recorded at Greyfriars Kirk, January 24, 2003
  • Marina Adamia. The Birth of Enkidu for Symphony Orchestra (2nd ed.). Customer: BBC. Performance: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City Halls, Glasgow, 2008; Edinburgh University Chamber Orchestra, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 1995 (1st ed.)
  • Marina Adamia. Vestigia string quartet. Customer: ECAT (Edinburgh Contemporary Art Fund); Performance: Emperor Quartet, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 2003; London, 2004
  • Marina Adamia. Penumbra clarinet, viola, cello and piano. Customer: Hebrides Ensemble. Performance: Hebrides Ensemble. Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, 2002
  • Marina Adamia. At the Still Point of the Turning World, multimedia composition. Commissioned by the Scottish Arts Council; Scottish Creative Award. Performance: Di Aizeks (cello), Peter Evans (u-no), John Poulter (percussion). Norman Douglas and Co, Modern Ballet Festival, Verona, 2002; Tron Theatre, Glasgow, 2001
  • Marina Adamia. Gravity string trio. Customer: Edinburgh International Festival. Performance: Catrina control her cool (f-noh), Myra Campbell (f-La) and Robin Mason (cello). Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh; Tramway Theatre, Glasgow, 2000
  • Marina Adamia. Science Fiction, a trio of saxophone, cello and piano. Customer: ECAT (Edinburgh Contemporary Art Fund); Performance: NKG Ensemble, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh; Aarhus, Karlsruhe and Frankfurt, 1995
  • Marina Adamia. Five Pieces for Five Performers flute, klarentis, piano and percussion instruments. Performance: Endymion Ensemble, Almeida Theatre, London, 1994
  • Marina Adamia. Concerto for violin and symphony orchestra. Performance: Nazim amedovi (violin), the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Conservatory Great Hall, Moscow, 1983

Current Courses

Course Catalog

  • Introductory course “Music from Different Perspectives”
  • Bachellor’s level course “Composition 2”
  • Bachellor’s level course ““Composition 4”
  • Bachellor’s level course “Music Theory in Practice: the Basics”
  • Bachellor’s level course “Modern music: The most Important trends of 20th Century Music”
  • Introductory course “Music from different perspectives”
  • Bachellor’s level course “Music Theory in Practice: the Basics”
  • Bachellor’s level course “Modern music: The most Important trends of 20th Century Music”
  • Bachellor’s level course “Composition 1”
  • Bachellor’s level course ““Composition 2”
  • Bachellor’s level course “Composition 3”
  • Bachellor’s level course “Composition 4”
  • Bachellor’s level course “Composition 5”
  • Bachellor’s level course “Composition 6: Creative Protfolio”
  • Bachellor’s level course “The Theory and Practice of Orchestration 1”
  • Bachellor’s level course “The Theory and Practice of Orchestration 2”
  • Doctoral supervising

Marina’s special interests include Ancient Chinese and Japanese poetry, Fine Art, Japanese Cinema, South Korean Drama and Pop-music (K-Drama and K-Pop) and animals.