Shalva Mukeria was born in Georgia in a family of musicians. He started studying clarinet at the Tbilisi Conservatory. After his degree, he started studying singing at the Odessa Conservatory in Ukraine, where he graduated in 1993.
His lyric tenor timbre, of a typical Italian quality and with an exceptional extension, granted him the first prize at the International Singing Competition in Prague and Tbilisi, followed by an engagement in 1996 with Odessa Opera, where he sang his first roles: Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Alfredo in La Traviata, Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Rodolfo in La Bohème, and Werther in Werther, as well as tenor solo in Verdi's Messa da Requiem di Verdi and Rossini's Stabat Mater.
This was followed by: Cassio in Otello in Las Palmas, Rodolfo in La Bohème and Alfredo in La Traviata on an English tour with Ukraine National Opera, his French debut as Rodolfo in Besançon, and a Gala Concert at Teatro Regio in Parma in January 2000.