Ilia Jgharkava


Born in Rustavi, Georgia in ​​1985. He found Georgian folk and chant to be the inseparable part of his childhood. In 2002 he graduated from Secondary School in his hometown.


Since 2003, he took to the acquisition of the sound recording independently.


In 2004, he founded a choir of chanters which became the main choir of the Georgian Orthodox Church Rustavi Cathedral in 2008. He was precentor untill 2011.

In 2005 he graduated from the Faculty of Choir-conductor of Rustavi Art College.

In 2005-2007 he was specializing as a Precentor-Choirmaster at the University of Culture and Arts under supervising Anzor Erkomaishvili.

In 2007 he moved to the Higher Education Institution of Georgian Church Chants and Folk Songs and remained there till 2009 under supervising Malkhaz Erkvanidze.


In 2009, along with two friends Zaal Kakhiani and David Jamrishvili he founded the recording studio - Mravalzhamieri, what means Polychronion.

Since 2010 got actively engaged with working on studio and live recordings.

In 2012-2014 he was teaching Georgian church chanting in the parish school at the Tbilisi Kashveti Cathedral.

In 2013, he started working on the project of "Pearls of Georgian Chant" for which several demo tracks had been prepared by 2008.

In 2014-2016 he performed in the Georgian folk ensemble - Adilei.

In 2015, he founded the mobile recording studio - Live Records.

In 2016, within the frameworks of the joint project by the Georgian Chanting Foundation and Tbilisi State Conservatoire, he edited, mixed and introduced the Pearls of Georgian Chant - a unique CD, where three different voices are recorded using multitrack technique with two reel-to-reel tape recorders during the performance of the last accomplished chanter, Artem Erkomaishvili in 1966.

In 2016-2018 he was a representative of the Folklore State Center of Georgia and a teacher at the Akhalkalaki School of Choirmasters. In 2016-2017 he delivered lectures on his subject called Audio Editing and Cleaning for the 4th-grade students at Giorgi Mtatsmindeli Higher Educational Institution of Ecclesiastical Chant.

Since 2017 he has been supporting his wife, composer Ana Kasrashvili with whom he jointly founded the audio post production service - Online Audio.

At the beginning of 2018, he recorded the Alter Orchestra with his mobile equipment in a Georgian Film's Recording Hall for Eurovision Song Contest. In spring, with the financial support of the US Embassy, he attended David Gogichaishvili's copyright course on People Management. In summer, by request of the Ministry of Education and the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, he worked on up to 150 old recordings for the 3-disc audio albums to present them for Frankfurt Book Fair. In autumn, with the sponsorship of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Adjara Autonomous Republic, he and his wife implemented the grant project called Ana Kasrashvili's Film Music Technology Copyright Course.


Since September of 2018, due to the purpose of the advancement of his knowledge, has been a pro member of the and is widely supported by the world class recording engineers and mixers.