Giya Kancheli, a Georgian composer, pianist and teacher, passed away aged 85, Imedi TV channel reported.
Kancheli has recently been treated in a hospital.
He was the author of compositions for such films as “Don't Grieve” (1968), “Mimino” (1977), “Kin-dza-dza!” (1986), etc.
Gia Kancheli was born in Tbilisi in 1935, where he graduated from the conservatory. From 1967 to 1986, he wrote seven symphonies; and for the Symphony No. 4 in 1976, the composer received the USSR State Prize. Since 1991 he lived in Germany and Holland.
He was a national artist of the Soviet Union, laureate of the State Prize of Georgia.