Botso Korisheli

Botso Korisheli was born in Georgia, Russia, and came to America to become a composer and music teacher.  After teaching music in elementary school, Botso established the County Youth Symphony for San Luis Obispo County, California in 1964, which over the years has showcased many of his musical works and gifted students.  The CYS celebrated its 50th anniversary in San Luis Obispo in 2014. His incredible journey began at age 14, when his father was killed by the Soviet government and Botso was forced to flee his homeland.  He took great comfort in music, which he was classically trained in since childhood.  He used the memory of his difficult times as a driving force not only in his life but in his music, music which he shared with all who would listen!

Interview Date:
May 21, 2014
Date of Birth:
December 24, 1921
Deceased Date:
July 27, 2015
Job Title:
Composer, Music Educator

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