Vakhtang Kakhidze was born into a family of Jansug Kakhidze in 1959 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He began to study music when he was 6 years old, as a pianist. In 1975 he finished choir conducting department of Music High School. In 1981 he graduated from Moscow State Conservatory as a composer, and in 1983 he finished the post graduate courses of the same institute. His teachers were such famous musicians as Nikolai Sidelnikov - composition, Edison Denisov - art of instrumentation and others. In 1988-89 he studied conducting with his father, world-famous Georgian conductor Jansug Kakhidze.
In 1989, Vakhtang Kakhidze began conducting. His debut took place in Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, where he has conducted several performances of his ballet “Amazons”. From 1993 he worked as conductor of Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra. Beside concert performances he recorded 25 CDs for famous international sound-recording companies. In 2002 Vakhtang Kakhidze was appointed a chief conductor of Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of Jansug Kakhidze Tbilisi Centre for Music & Culture. Also, he leads annual International Music Festival “Autumn Tbilisi”, which hosts famous musicians all over the world.
Kakhidze's music has been performed by prestigious soloists like Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica, or Yuri Bashmet although he has premiered in Tbilisi the most of his production. His music came to be known after the release of Happy Birthday by Kremerata Baltica which was reviewed as a "straightforward delights" by BBC Music Magazine.
1981 - First prize at the former USSR competition of young composer
1997 - Special prize “Spring”, instituted by Tbilisi Municipality for achievements in the art
The prize instituted by Georgian Cinema Academy for the best film music
1998, 2005 and 2013 - Prize of the Georgian Theatre Union for the best music composed for drama performance
2000 – “Order of Honour” - The State award of Republic of Georgia
2010 – “Shota Rustaveli Prize” - The supreme award in Art of Republic of Georgia