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Our Story

2011, one obsessive idea, fully tailored to one novice musician trying to create a world where she can fulfill her musical dreams with her teammates. Starting point: space, devices and the ability to use them. As a result of the dream, came out the idea of CES. In the process of creation, we had no idea what form it would take, how many people it would involve and change the course of their life.

Decade on, we are located in the heart of Tbilisi, at Fabrika, cultural center of the city, hub of artist and creative industries. 

CES formatted into creative media school specializing in music and design, offering more than 15 innovative practical courses in subjects including: Music Production and Sound Engineering, DJ Practice and Performance, Music Theory and Songwriting, Modular Synth and Composition, Music Industry and Music Journalism, Game Music and Collaborative Music production, Graphic Design and Digital Sketching, Photography and Ways of Artistic Expression, all of the above have been created by our professional team members. Each year our team is trying out brand-new programs, following the footsteps of creative industries in Georgia and meeting the needs of our students. We are often referred to as a pioneering educational institution in Georgia, which in its time laid the foundation for the development of future professions. CES was the first vocational school to abandon lectures based on "legends" and introduce hands-on Practice method using the new technologies.  It is the first institution in Georgia to popularize and put into practice industry standard softwares such as: ADOBE; Avid Pro-Tools; Ableton Live; Max MSP / Jitter and more.

 

CES makes a great contribution to the development of the Modular Synth Commune in Georgia. 

 

At the initiative of the students of CES "Music Industry and Journalism in Digital Age", in the spirit of the development of the music industry here in Georgia, an independent online publishing platform "Dancing on Architecture" was created. 

 

On the basis of CES we founded independent Georgian music label and our own indoor imprint CES Records, which aims to take CES alumni (and not only) beyond the limits of their creativity outside the borders of Georgia and support them in achieving their career goals. CES Records artists list includes: Nikakoi, Natalie Beridze, Anushka Chkheidze, Gogi Dzodzuashvili, Natela Svanidze, Neor Warrior, sTia and others ... 

Here at CES we promote equality and value the diversity of our staff and students.

 

The main goal of CES is to adapt to the times using new technologies, creativity, fun learning process, employment and promotion of our students, for which the members of our team, who are the leading figures in their fields, spare no effort to share their knowledge and experience with our students. It is very gratifying for us to see our graduates joining our team.

Now, we look back with great pride at the past 10+ years and we state that despite our growing scale, our dreams and ideas remain unchanged.

We are thankful to every and each of our 4000 graduated students in choosing CES. 

We believe that education and great love for our professions is the freedom that we can achieve together. 

Our Team & Expert Teaching Staff

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Founder / CEO / Head of Music Department

Natia Sartania, classically trained pianist, musician, composer, former radio DJ, founder of CES, CES Records & CES publishing, co-founder of Georgian Music Legacy Collection.

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Helen Sartania

Office & Booking Manager

Helen has been in charge of CES office administration and booking management since 2013. She is often referred to as heart of CES. 

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Lado Kobakhidze

Lado has graduated "Domus Academy" Milan with master degree in Transport Design. He has over 15 years of  job experience as a graphic designer in China, Italy and Georgia. He founded ArteTbilisi recently. Lado is in charge of CES Graphic Design department and he has been sharing his experience with CES students for 10 years. Lado is tutoring: "ABC of Graphic Design", "Advanced Graphic Design" and "Digital Sketching" programes.

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Gvaji

George Gvarjaladze, better known as Gvaji, sound-man of Georgia! sensei for many talanted young sound engineers in Georgia, founder of Leno Records, the largest and finest equiped recording studio and record label in Tbilisi, teaching advanced "Sound Engineering" course at CES since 2011. 

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Natalie Beridze

Veteran of Georgian electronic music, Natalie, has released her music on: Max.E, Monika Enterprise, CMYK, Laboratory Instinct, and Chainmusic. In addition to her solo projects, she has collaborated with artists such as Thomas Brinkmann, AGF, Gudrun Gut, Joerg Follert, Marcus Schmickler, Nikakoi, Ryuichi Sakamoto and more... Natalie is founder of  "Songwriting & Music Production" course at CES since 2014.

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Nika Machaidze

Nika Machaidze aka Nikakoi, also known as Erast, is a pioneer of Georgian electronic music and a filmmaker. He has been teaching "Songwriting & Music Production" course along with Natalie Beridze since 2015 at CES. Nika has been an inspiration for young and upcoming music producers and he is always happy to colaborate with them.

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Nika Chavchavadze

Sound engineer, electronic music producer and Ableton Live expert, Nika Chavchavadze, graduate of CES, has been  enthusiastically collaborates with CES for the past 10 year, teaching "Ableton Live" course and sharing his experience with our students.

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Ben Wheeler

Ben Wheeler is a musician, composer, and ethnomusicologist from US, based in Tbilisi. He is the co-founder of Mountains of Tongues. Ben has been collaborating with CES for the past 4 years, teaching "Modular Synth & Sound Design"  and "Advanced Synth: Theory & Composition" courses.

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Nasi Chavchavadze

Nasi Chavchavadze, composer, electronic music producer, percussionist and sound engineer, graduate of multiple courses at CES, collaborating with CES Records and band member of MokuMoku. She has recently joined the team of CES alongside Alexander Khokhiashvili and they teach introduction to "Sound Engineering" course.

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Alexander Khokhiashvili

Alexander Khokhiashvili, drummer and sound engineer, graduate of multiple courses at CES,  band member of MokuMoku. He has recently joined the team of CES alongside Nasi Chavchavadze and they teach introduction to "Sound Engineering" course.

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Davit Bakuradze

Davit Bakuradze, yet another CES graduate with the distinction is joining the teaching team of sound engineering program alongside Nasi, Alexander and Gvaji. Davit has been leading successful career as a mixing and mastering engineer and he is ready to share his experience with CES students.

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Nika Kocharov

Nika Kocharov, musician, singer, song-writer and producer is best known as front man of Young Georgian Lolitaz, Z for Zulu and number of bands. Nika plays guitar, bass guitar, drums and keyboard. He is one of the first member of CES team. After a long pause, he has rejoined the team with "Music Production with hint of Songwriting" course.

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Vakho Nozadze

Vakho Nozadze is a DJ under name of Vaxy. He has been collaborating with CES for over 3 years, helping young Georgian music enthusiasts to get skilful at DJing. 

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Jaba Shavishvili

Jaba Shavishvili, leaving chronicle of Georgian Music, music journalist, radio broadcaster and digital media specialist with 15 years of experience in Digital and Music Industry, is sharing his experience with our "Music Industry and Journalism in Digital Age"  students alongside his colleague Rezi Khuntselia.

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Rezi Khuntselia

Anthropologist, Music critic and Music Journalist-Rezi, with over 10 years experiance of writing about music for various leading musical Journals and blogs in Georgia, is sharing his experience with our "Music Industry and Journalism in Digital Age" students alongside his colleague Jaba Shavishvili.

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Tornike Karchckadze

Musician and sound specialist Tornike, with artistic passion of experimenting with ideas heavily influenced by mathematics and physics, feels that Max MSP software is perfect medium and he is happily sharing his experience with out students by lecturing Max Programming course online. 

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Ketevan Chitadze

Ketevan Chitadze, musicologist and Doctor of Arts with bright carrer as a musicologist, has been collaborating with CES and teaching "Basis of Music Theory Course" since 2014.

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David Meskhi

David Meskhi is a co-author of the documentary movie “When the Earth Seems to be Light“– the winner of various awards. Meskhi’s work is presented at solo and group exhibitions in the leading art platforms of Europe, such as Paris Photo, Museum of Applied Art of Frankfurt, Braunsfelder Family Collection in Köln, London Calvert 22 Foundation, Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center in Budapest, Biennale de la Photographie de Mulhouse and the National Museum of Georgia. David Meskhi lives and works in Tbilisi and Berlin.

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