Zakaria Paliashvili(1871-1933), Georgian/Russian composer. He is considered the founder of Georgian classical music. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory, upon returning to Georgia he played a strong role in developing national music in Georgia. He collected Georgian folk songs, co-founded the Georgian Philharmonic Society and became the head of the Tbilisi Conservatory. He composed orchestral music, operas, choral music and songs.