"Shukhaiev – a very special personality, one of the easiest people whom I have ever met. Man with strong and happy character.
In the late forties in Tbilisi I had a wonderful life. We were all very friendly: Shuhaevy - Vasily Ivanovich and Vera Fedorovna, artist Yelena Akhvlediani and Keto Magalashvili, Kuftiny, Neuhaus, Nina Dorliac and me. I did not have to prepare for the concerts, and our morning with Vasily Ivanovich used to begin in Paris style, with a bottle of champagne".