When Maia's diaphragm expands, the world shrinks"- commented once a British music criticizer Amy Spurling after hearing Maia Baratashvili sing. Indeed since her youth Maia Baratashvili has been captivating audiences with her powerful and emotive voice.
Trained as a classical piano player at Tbilisi’s leading performing arts college, Maia moved into Jazz in 1995 and soon joined Tbilisi Concert Orchestra (The Tbilisi Big Band) as leading vocalist where she has been engaged till today. Since then she has gone on to perform with various jazz bands as well as state Symphony Orchestra, and Tbilisi Big Band. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmYAwxjOwbU
Maia is actively engaged in the events taking place in Georgia, her mother country, as well as outside the country. Her performance geography includes Germany, Norway, United Kingdom, USA, Romania, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Israel, Azerbaijan, Armenia. Her collaborations include Igor Brill and Mikhail Okun (Russia); Jorn Skogheim - (Norway); Peter Lehel - (Germany) ; The SHIN (Germany); Ray Kaczhinski (USA); Tony O' Malley (UK). She jammed on stage with contemporary music giants as George Duke and Rachelle Ferrell during their tours in Georgia. She is frequently invited to jazz festivals in her home country such as : Tbilisi Jazz Festival (organized by Eastern Promotion) and Cavkaz (Caucasus) Jazz Festival (Helen Mechitova) not only as a guest singer but as Master of Ceremony as well.
Maia Baratashvili has got several awards to acknowledge her talent and professionalism:
1996- Hands up festival, Tbilisi, Georgia - awarded as a first prize winner
1998- Margarita festival, Tbilisi, Georgia - awarded in the nomination of the best female vocalist of the year;
2000- The song of the year festival- winner, Tbilisi, Georgia
2007 - Monte Carlo International Jazz Awards - awarded in the nomination of the best female jazz vocalist of the year;
2011- The Life is Beautiful festival, Romania - Honorary Diploma
2014 – Granted the title of “Georgian Brand” in the nomination of “trust and reputation in the profession”
2017 – Made In New York Jazz competition, New York, judged by Lenny White, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker – winner of the best TOP2 in solo vocal category. (http://madeinnyjazz.com/top_2_solo_vocal/)
Along with the music career Maia Baratashvili has conducted other activities that required administrative and management skills. She used to be engaged as a top manager in various fields like Real estate, Agriculture, Economy, Media. In 2009- 2011 she worked or Georgian Public Broadcaster as Head of International Department. In this capacity she enrolled into Euro Vision Song Contest as Head of Georgian Delegation. Maia has often been asked to work as a ajudicator on Judges panel for many competitions held in Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Malta.
Maia Certainly has beat; she also has rhythm, great strength and style. The power of her voice is what carries her performance.
She's obviously got one of those generous diaphragms.
If you have ever seen her perform life, then you'll know that she has all the right composites of the jazz singer – the particularly positive energy, that one presumes, often masked misery. . . "-Amy Spurling
“Maia has a quality that rare among today's female jazz vocalists: she can blast an audience out of the exalts with the raw power, however she combines this with an ingenuity that conjures fresh melodies out of any tune” - Holly Collier, guardian.co.UK London