Sofia Nizharadze

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Sofia Nizharadze
სოფო ნიჟარაძე
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Sopho Nizharadze in Oslo (2010)
Background information
Native name
სოფო ნიჟარაძე
Birth nameSopho Nizharadze
Also known asSofia
Born (1990-02-06) 6 February 1990 (age 29)
Mtskheta, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
OriginGeorgian
GenresPop, soul, musical, R&B
Occupation(s)Singer, actress, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2005-Present
LabelsBravo Records

Sopho "Sofia" Nizharadze (Georgian: სოფო ნიჟარაძე, IPA: [sɔpʰɔ niʒarad͡zɛ]; born 6 February 1986 in Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, USSR) is a Georgian singer, actor, and songwriter who represented Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the song "Shine". Sofia Nizharadze was a judge on the TV shows Georgia's Got Talent', 'Only Georgian' and 'The X Factor Georgia.[1]

Early Life[edit]

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Sofia started singing at a very early age. Her mother who was a big push to her in her singing career. Sofia graduated with honors from the Musical Academy under the Tbilisi State Conservatory where she studied piano and vocals. She later continued her studies at the Academy of Theatre and Arts in Russia (GITIS) and graduated with honors from the Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow.

Through her singing she has brought international attention to Georgia.

Music career[edit]

Sofia's vocal range is light lyric soprano.

At the age of three, Nizharadze started performing as a professional with very positive reception. At the age of seven she was invited by Jansug Kakhidze, a prominent Georgian conductor and author of famous sound tracks for Georgian cinema, to join a children’s music studio where she took the lead as a vocalist for various shows and TV projects.

At age 11, she performed “Sous le ciel de Paris” at the French Embassy, where she was noticed by journalist Bernard Pivot who invited her to his program on TV5.

By the time she turned 17 years old, Nizharadze had won several international young singer's contests, including the "Bravo, Bravissimo!" competition in Mini La Scala (Italy), "Crystal Note" (Moscow, Russia) and "Crystal Fur-tree" (Borjomi, Georgia). She participated in several festivals in Russia, Turkey, Italy, Latvia and Georgia.

Later, she took leading parts in the musicals “The Wedding Of The Jays” and ”Roméo et Juliette, de la Haine à l'Amour”. Living in Moscow at that moment she started gaining international recognition as a singer.

In 2004, she got a main part in Gerard Presgurvic's musical (Original Russian Version, Operetta Theatre, leading cast). In 2005, she reached the final in the New Wave Festival in Jūrmala, Latvia.

In 2008, Nizharadze gave up her career in Russia and returned to Georgia due to the war between the two countries.

She performed The National Anthem of United States of America during Vice President Joe Biden's official visit to Georgia.

Eurovision Song Contest 2010[edit]

Sofia Nizharadze was chosen by GPB to represent Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. An open call for songs was launched, and over 100 entries submitted, the broadcasting authorities selected six, that were all performed by her in a national final on 27 February in the Tbilisi Even Hall. Shine was voted as the winner.

2010: After Eurovision[edit]

Nizharadze will release her new album soon. She will also continue promoting her Eurovision entry in Georgia. Sofia performs at events throughout Europe and Asia. She sang duets with legendary singers José Carreras, Andrea Bocelli, Chris de Burgh and Julio Iglesias. in 2013 she recorded a single "When We Danced." She released a new album with this single and also with Eurovision Song Contest hit "Shine" in March 2014.

In 2016 she will take part as a judge at the Georgian format of X Factor alongside Nika Gvaramia, Nina Sublatti and Giorgi Gabunia.

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • 1995- “Crystal fir tree”, the international festival nominated at the “Best Vocal” category
  • 1996- Special award – “The League”, the first Georgian festival; award owner at the festival Mini La Scala
  • 1997- Participant of “Crystal note” International Festival in Moscow (850 anniversary of Moscow city)
  • 1999- Diploma of the First category for the best vocal within the frame of the festival “Pushkin weeks”; Diploma of the Tbilisi Mayor’s Office for the “Unique vocal features”
  • 1998- 2001- Scholarship of President Eduard Shevardnadze
  • 2000- “Golden Star” for the best vocal granted by Forte Cinematographic Studio and Star Scale Studio
  • 2003- 2004 – Leading part in the musical “The Wedding of the Jays”
  • 2004- 2006- Leading part on “Romeo et Juliette” The Musical
  • 2005- Participant, a finalist of the young pop star contest at the New Wave Festival
  • 2005- 2007- Takes leading parts in shows and production of RATI; was invited for Esmeralda part to the Musical Notre dame De Paris
  • 2010 performed a duet with Jose Carreras, extract from the West Side Story musical
  • 2010 performed with Chris De Burgh
  • 2011 performed with the world class tenor Andrea Bocelli
  • 2012 performed a duet with Julio Iglesias

The main role in the first Georgian musical Keto and Kote One of the main roles in Rezo Gigineishvili Movie "Love With An Accent" The film's release 2013

Roles[edit]

  • Musical Svadba Soek “The Wedding Of The Jays” (Ketevan - main role)
  • Musical Romeo & Juliette - Juliet (Original Russian Main Cast)
  • Musical Hello, Dolly (RATI)
  • "Keto and Kote" The Musical (Keto - leading role)
  • "Melodies of Vera District" The Musical by Redha Benteifour (Vardo - leading role)

Albums[edit]

  • The Wedding Of The Jays Original Cast Recording (2003)
  • Musical Romeo & Juliette "Ot Nenavisti Do Lubvi" Original Cast Recording (2005)
  • Where are you... (2008)
  • "We Are All" (2014)

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Diana Gurtskaya
with Peace Will Come
Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest
2010
Succeeded by
Eldrine
with One More Day