The German conductor, composer and pianist Uwe Berkemer has an intensive relationship to the Caucasian people. Since 2000 he is married to the Georgian violinist Bela Makharadze. In the last years he has invited the Georgian State Chamber Orchestra to Germany several times, to take part in an international festival. In 2000 Uwe Berkemer has been asked for the honour of being the Principal Guest Conductor of the Georgian State Chamber Orchestra which he has already conducted many times in Georgia and Germany. His violin concerto is dedicated to the great Georgian violinist Liana Issakadze who performed this work for the first time in 2000 during the 2. International Music Festival Dietzenbach with great success.
Uwe Berkemer studied as a pianist at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt in Prof. Joachim Volkmann`s solo class. Parallel vocal studies (Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt, Opera School Wiesbaden) as well as intensive composition and conducting studies soon put him in the exceptional position of being capable of performing as a pianist, vocalist, conductor and composer at the same time.
Concerts, CD productions, radio, and television recordings all lead him to the most significant cultural metropolis in Germany, England, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, France, Poland, USA, Canada, etc.
As a conductor he worked with distinguished musicians such as Liana Issakadze, Wladimir Krainjew, Michala Petri and Anatol Ugorski. From 1989 until 2006 he has been teaching at the Gutenberg University in Mainz. Uwe Berkemer is the initiator and artistic director of the International Music Festival in Dietzenbach (1999 - 2007). For several years his work (orchestral music, chamber music) as an internationally respected composer is getting more and more important.
In October 2001 he founded the World Chamber Orchestra.
For many years Uwe Berkemer is well experienced in organizing orchestral projects and artistic events.