Contestant 20: Georgy Tchaidze
Born in 1988 in St. Petersburg, Georgy began studying the piano and violin at the age of 7.
In 2005 he graduated from Nizhny Novgorod Balakirev College (prof. N. Feoktistova).
The same year, he entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (prof. S. Dorensky). At present, he is attending the 3rd year of post-graduated program there, as well as studying in Berlin University of Arts with Prof. K.Hellwig.
He is a laureate of many international piano competitions in Russia, USA, Germany, Croatia and Canada. He won 2nd prize both at II International Seiler Piano Competition (Kitzingen, Germany) 2001 and at Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition USA 2004. He received the 2nd prize and special prize for admission work at the 3rd EPTA Svetislav Stancic International Piano Competition (Zagreb, Croatia) 2006, and came 1st at both Rachmaninov Young Artist International Piano Competition (V.Novgorod, Russia) 2004 and Esther Honens International Piano Competition 2009. In recent years, he has also collected a 2nd prize at XI Kissinger Klavier Olymp 2013.
Georgy Tchaidze has taken part in several international musical festivals, such as Verbier Festival and Septembre Musical in Switzerland, Lofoten Piano Festivals in Norway, Piano aux Jacobins in France, Bad Kissingen Sommer in Germany and many others. He had worked with many celebrated musicians, including S.Kovacevic, F.Rados, B.Berman, P. Zukerman , G.Takacz-Nagy, L. Lortie, J.-E. Bavouzet, P. Lewis, M.-N. Lemieux, Cecilia String Quartet, Borodin Quartet etc.
His debut appearances in Carnegie Hall (New York, 2012), Wigmore Hall (London, 2012), Konzerthaus (Berlin, 2012) and Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, 2010-11) were highly acclaimed by critics and audience.
Georgy Tchaidze has recorded 3 CD’s with music by Schubert, Mussorgsky, Medtner, Prokofiev, Haydn and Dvorak. Georgy possesses “fine sensibility and perfectly honed technique”, according to The Telegraph, in its review of the young Russian pianist’s Wigmore Hall debut.
Since becoming Prize Laureate of Honens International Piano Competition in 2009, Tchaidze has performed throughout Europe and North America to great acclaim, including debuts at Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, and at festivals including Canada’s Toronto Summer Music, Ottawa International Chamber Music and France’s Piano aux Jacobins. His performance of Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman, was met with praise: “commendable clarity … unusually powerful for a performance of so little ostentation” (Ottawa Citizen). He was also invited to perform for the Governor General of Canada at the special invitation of The Glenn Gould Foundation.
Tchaidze’s reputation as a sensitive collaborative pianist is blossoming. He tours regularly with Canada’s Cecilia String Quartet and performed this Spring with the esteemed Borodin Quartet. This Summer he returns to Berlin’s Konzerthaus for the Young Euro Classic Festival, and next season performs at the inaugural Lofoten Piano Festival in Norway. Tchaidze lives and studies in Berlin.