Inga Kashakashvili - classical pianist (1974 - )
She studied at Tbilisi V. Sarajishvili State Conservatoire (Georgia) and DePaul University (Chicago, IL). In 1991 she won a prize at the New Port International Competition for Young Pianists in Wales, UK. She appeared in the renowned Barbican Center in London as well as in Cardiff and Bristol. That same year, Ms. Kashakashvili was invited to perform as a guest artist in Newport's Tredegar House.
Inga Kashakashvili participated in the Leipzig Music Festival and toured in Germany in 2000. In 2001 she visits United States for the first time and participates at the Flier International Piano Competition where she wins the Third Prize. At the same she was invited to perform at the Piano Summer Festival in New Paltz, NY. In 2003 she appeared as a guest artist at the United Sounds of America Festival, dedicated to the 9/11 tragedy. Her recitals were recorded and broadcast by Chicago Classical Radio WFMT. In 2008 she won Artists International Debut Award and was presented at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall with a solo recital. Inga Kashakashvili lives in New York City.
Inga Kashakashvili won Artists International Debut Award and was presented at Carnegie Hall, New York (2008). She is a prizewinner of Jacob Flier International Piano Competition, New Paltz, NY (2001) and Newport International Competition for Young Pianists, Wales, UK (1991). Based on individual accomplishments and contributions to society Inga Kashakashvili was listed in the International Madison Who's Who (2006-2007).She received Mannes College the New School for Music Scholarship Award in 2006; DePaul University Full Scholarship Award in 2003-2005; DePaul University performance award in 2003; Festival Piano Summer at New Paltz Award in 2001, among others.
Giorgi Latso - classical pianist (born Giorgi Latsabidze, 1978 -)
He is classical pianist, composer and doctor of musical arts. He has won piano competitions and received awards in many countries. His concerts have been broadcast on radio and
television is Europe, Asia and America. He has been an American citizen since 2012.
Latso won prizes in the Yehudi Menuhin Federation Competition in Austria, at the Young Artist International Piano Competition in Los Angeles, at Ennio Porrino International Competition in Italy and Rubinstein International Competition in France. He received the Vladimir Spivakov Award (Moscow virtuosi) in 2001, the Georgian Presidential Prize in 1999/2002, the German Marion Dönhoff Trust Award in 2002, DAAD the German Academic Exchange Award in 2004, the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Academic Achievement Recognition of Excellence Award in 2004, Herbert Batliner Trust Award in 2005, the USC Keyboard Studies Department Award in 2007 and 2011, the American philanthropist Carol Hogel Music Scholarship in 2008,H.S.H. Princess Marie Aglaë of Liechtenstein Award in 2009. In January 2013, Latso was honored as a Steinway Artist by Steinway & Sons in New York City.
Tamriko Siprashvili - classical pianist (1963 -
Tamriko began piano studies at the age of 3. At age 5, she entered the Special Music School for gifted children in her home city of Tbilisi, Georgia. She graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1985. Tamriko is known for her romantic repertoire, especially that of Robert Schumann. She has recorded several albums for Nimbus Records, among them "Variations on a Theme by Chopin Opus 22, and Variations on a Theme by Corelli opus 42, by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Currently she lives in Pleasanton California, USA.
Irma Svanadze - classical pianist (1976 -)
Irma maintains an active performance schedule in both the US and Europe and is teaching in Eastern Europe, France, Belgium and the United States.
Initially trained in the Russian Piano Tradition, Irma continued her education in France at the Saint-Maur Conservatory, where in 2000 she was awarded two Gold Medals – in piano and chamber music
Ketevan Kartvelishvili - classical pianist (
Ketevan Kartvelishvili gave her first performance with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13, performing Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No.1, under the baton of Jansugh Kakhidze. During her studies at the Tbilisi Music School for Gifted Children she performed the following piano concertos with orchestra: Grieg, Mozart No.27, and Liszt No.1.
Ms. Kartvelishvili was awarded the Third Prize and a Laureate title in the 5th Marco Polo International Piano Competition held in Greece in 1999.
Ms. Kartvelishvili joined the Toradze Piano Studio at Indiana University at South Bend to pursue an Artist Diploma in the fall of 2009. On February 27, 2010, she performed in a live broadcast of Sergei Rachmaninoff's piano works on WFMT in Chicago. In December 2010 she was awarded a Performer Certificate for her solo recital at which she performed Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Prokofiev's Sonata No. 7.
On March 5, 2011, Ketevan Kartvelishvili won First Prize at the William C. Byrd Young Artists International Piano Competition held in Flint, MI. The following year on March 3, 2012, she won First Prize at the 36th Young Artists Piano Concerto Competition in Kankakee, IL. On January 26, 2013 Kartvelishvili won First Prize in the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Scholarship Competition.
On July 17, 2013 she won First Prize in the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition in New Paltz, NY. On January 28, 2012, she performed in "Whiting" Hall with the Flint Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Enrique Arturo Diemecke. The same year Ms. Kartvelishvili performed in "New Chapel"
Hall with the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with conductor Allan Dennis. In May 2012, she performed Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in the Toradze Piano Studio concert with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Tsung Yeh. On July 26th, 2013, she performed Liszt's Concerto No. 1 with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, conducted by Vladimir Feltsman.
Khatia Buniatishvili - classical pianist (1987 -)
Khatia Buniatishvili was introduced to the piano at an early age by her mother, an enthusiastic music lover. She gave her first performance as soloist with an orchestra at the age of six. Then she was invited to give performances in Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Russia, Israel and the USA.
In 2003 Khatia won a special prize at the Horowitz International Competition for Young Pianists in Kiev as well as first prize at the Foundation to Assist Young Georgian Musicians competition set up by Elisabeth Leonskaya.
Since 2003 she studued at Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts. Winner of the Bronze Medal at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition in 2008, she was also distinguished as the Best Performer of a Chopin piece and as Audience Favourite.
In 2011 Khatia Buniatishvili made her first recording with a Liszt recital on Sony Classical, following with her first recording accompanied with orchestra for a Chopin album.
Khatia Buniatishvili speaks five languages.
Valerian (Vakuna) Shiukashvili - classical pianist (1975 -)
Pianist Valerian (Vakuna) Shiukashvili is a winner of several international competitions and festivals and the owner of ten grand prizes. The 30-year-old pianist lives alone in his house. His parents sometimes visit him from Moscow. Recently, his first video appeared and it was a success. He played part of Victor Dolidze's opera, "Keto da Kote”, called "Georgian Dance" Nino Lapiashvili, director of the video, said that Shiukashvili's style of playing is so fast and unusual that she had to think a lot how to arrange the video. "I realized that something unusual should be done. I showed only his fingers and the keyboard. The goal for us was to show his dynamics while playing. It was done in general," said Lapiashvili. Traducing the video was important, I think. People can see and hear me only at the concerts. Now I'm introduced to the wide audience," said Shiukashvili.
Shiukashvili's favorite composers are Bach and Mozart. These two, and also Scarlatti and Chopin, were in his performance at a concert in Tbilisi Conservatory on January 19, 2007. "It was a special concert for me. It was dedicated to Natlisgeba (Orthodox Christian's holiday) and the great honor for me was that the Patriarch attended the concert," said Shiukashvili. He said his relationship with the Patriarch is very special. He was invited to the New Year's dinner at the Patriarch's apartment, with only those who are closest to the religious leader.
Nino Khutsishvili, a college friend of Shiukashvili, emphasized his skills and ability to communicate: "As a professional, his technique of playing is excellent. What distinguished him from others is his unique sound. And as a friend, I can tell that he is always available for us, everybody loves his sense of humor. He has lot of friends with different profession and mentality.
Irma Gigani - classical pianist (1996 -)
Born in 1996 in Tbilisi. In 2001 enrolled Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili Central Music School At this age she played J.S. Bach f-moll piano concerto. In 2002 she became laureate and winner of Grand prize at Minerbio International Competition, Italy. Then she participated in the marathon of "Gifted Children" at Liana Isakadze's International Art festival. In 2003 at the 3rd Republican Competition of musician-Performers she was awarded a special prize by the Embassy of USA in Georgia. Since 2003 she participates in the festivals held by V. Spivakov Foundation. She is a scholar of V.Spivakov and UNESCO International Fund.
Ankara Simphony Orchastra in Ankara (Tuerkey), organized by V. Spivakov Fund and her recital at Nice Opera Theatre ( France, organized by UNESCO. Since 2009 Irma had been studying at Tbilisi V. Sarajishivli Musical Seminary under professor Tengiz Amirejibi. She issued her first CD with Israel Camerata (conductor Avner Biron). In 2010 she participated in F. Chopin Competition and won First Prize and Special Award for the best performance of the Georgian composer's masterpiece. Irma is 4th prize winner of Aarhus International Piano Competition (Denmark) 2015.
Elisso Bolkvadze - classical pianist (1967 -)
She performed her first concert with orchestra at the age of seven. She a winner of numerous international piano competitions such as:
Van Cliburn Competition (USA), Vianna da Motta (Lisbon), Axa International Piano Competition (Dublin), Marguerite Long Competition - special prize for the best interpretation of French music (Paris). Elisso Bolkvadze was awarded with "The Medal of Georgian Government” – one of the most prestigious national honors in her country of birth.
Alissa (Alice) Tavdidishvili - classical pianist (1984 -)
Alice had a tremendous success in Italy, UK, Germany, and France. She transformed the greatness of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, and showed fantastic technique and talent. Now Alice studies at the PURCELL SCHOOL in the UK. 1996 October, 71h International Piano Competition For Young Pianists, Rome. Italy - 3rd Prize. 1998 September, 2nd International Music Competition Monterosa -Kawai -Varallo Sesia (VC) Italy - 2nd Prize. 1998 September, VI International Music Competition Premio Vittoria Caffa Righetti, Italy- 1st Prize.
2000 April, World Piano Competition London under the patronage of HRH Prince of Wales.
"Alice is a very gifted pianist and deserves every assistance." (Paul Badura Skoda)
“Alice Tavdidishvili seems to be one of the most gifted young pianists. Professional education, excellent manual technique and sensitive ear that allow her to create a wide spectrum of the piano tone colors.” (Vladimir Krainev).
At the age of just 15 she was selected from 600 pianists worldwide to be one of the 24 finalists to compete in the World Piano Competition, organized under the patronage of HRH the Prince of Wales in the Purcell Room in London. Alissa's performance, as one of the youngest players in this competition, won her a full scholarship to study at the Purcell School of Music.
She continued her studies in London at the Royal Academy and Trinity College of Music, where she graduated with a 1st class honours in 2007. She is currently studying at Trinity College of Music under Professor Martino Tirimo.
In 2000 she performed the Liszt Piano Concerto no 2 with the Georgian State Symphony Orchestra in the Big Hall of the Georgian State Conservatory, conducted by Roman Brogli. Other performances include solo recitals in the Georgian State Conservatory, Sweden, Purcell Room, Royal Opera House Linbury Studios, London Coliseum,Inn Chapel, Regents Hall, the Reform Club and the Wigmore Hall. Her future performances will include venues such South Bank Centre . She is much in demand for private recitals including a recent performance for the Prince of Monaco at the Ritz Hotel.
Georgian State Piano Trio
Georgian State Piano Trio was established in 1992. The Trio drew the attention of Georgian musical society both audience and reviewers from the very date of its foundation. The Trio participated in various concerts, international festivals and became an inseparable part of Georgian instrumental music raised the ensemble to new heights. The Trio continues to tour regularly. They have already performed in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Holland, Russia etc. the repertoire of the Trio generally includes classical music as well as pieces by modern Georgian composers. Their popularization is of high importance for the ensemble. Georgian State Piano Trio's refined performing manner received high appraisal from mass media all around the world.
"...the Trio has got a really wonderful staff', who not once made the Georgian music famous...".
Eduard Shevardnadze - President Of Georgia.
"... magical temperament and brilliant performing of the brilliant ensemble... "
" NRZ Niderrhein " – Germany.
"...feeling and music in harmony, exploring the beauty of Georgian instrumental music. .."
"Die Sudostschweiz " – Switzerland.
"...the group is characterized by an emotionally strained, great orchestral sound and convincing phrase...”.
"Corriere della Serra” – Italy
"...the Trio performed Azarashvili 's music with colossal expression and fiery temperament..."
"Muzikalnaia Jizn" – Russia
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