According to the » Special recognition”, decree Sotkilava is awarded «for his contribution in the development of music and many years of creative activity.»
Opera singer, lyric-dramatic tenor Zurab Sotkilava was born March 12, 1937 in Sukhumi. In 1974 the singer was invited to the Bolshoi Theatre. In 1983, he was awarded the State Prize of the Georgian SSR named after Paliashvili, In 1998 he received the State Prize of Georgia named after Rustaveli.
The singer was also awarded the Russian Order «For Services to the Fatherland» IV (2001) and III (2007) degrees, as well as two Georgian Order of Honor (1997, 2007).
Also Official Thanks is said to the artist Victor Prus, artist Gennady Smirnov, the deputy chairman of the Russian public organization «Union of Theater Workers’ and Vladimir Chernyshov the artist of State Organization Culture Tver region, of » Tver Region Drama Theater » This is stated in the same document.