Vakhtang Matchavariani received his musical education at Tbilisi Central Music School and Tbilisi State Conservatory as a pianist. Later he studied conducting at the Tbilisi State Conservatory with O. Dimitriadi.
Then with G. Rozhdestvensky at Moscow Conservatory, and with K. Osterreicher at the Vienna Music Academy. After study in Vienna he started working with the St. Petersburg Mariisky Theater Orchestra and Company.
Vakhtang Matchavariani became a guest conductor of the Tbilisi State Opera where he did a number of opera productions. He worked at Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and Latvian Opera in Riga.
In 1990 as GMD and Principle Conductor he created the Soviet Festival Orchestra, (later the Moscow Festival Orchestra) with players drawn from the front desks of the main Russian Orchestras. Vakhtang Matchavariani had concerts with the orchestra in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Spain, Singapore, UK, London at the Royal Albert Hall.
Since 1996 Vakhtang Matchavariani is GMD and Principle Conductor of the Georgian State Symphony Orchestra in Tbilisi. He toured the GSSO in Holland, Concertgebow Amsterdam.
In 2003 Vakhtang Matchavariani became a GMD of the Russian Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra Millenium.
He worked with more than 70 orchestras. In particular, it should be mentioned: The Philharmonia Orchestra London, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, The Halle Orchestra Manchestet, The Staatsorchester Stuttgart, National Orchestra of Belgium, The Philharmonic Orchestra St. Petersburg, The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and many other orchestras. Vakhtang Matchavariani has worked in UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Holland, Israel, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Singapore, Taiwan and some other countries.
Vakhtang Matchavariani represents the third generation of the prominent georgian musical family.Vakhtang Matchavariani is a principal guest conductor of Tbilisi State Opera.