Pianist Eteri Andjaparidze has gained international acclaim as one of the most multifaceted artists and insightful pedagogues. Her discography released on Naxos, Marco Polo, and Melodia labels includes Grammy and Deutsche Schallplatten awards nominated solo albums.
Andjaparidze has appeared around the globe in solo and collaborative recitals and as a guest soloist with major orchestras including Montreal, Quebec, London and Oregon Symphonies, Beijing and Shanghai Philharmonics, Singapore Symphony, Russian State Symphony, Moscow State Philharmonic, Moscow Radio Symphony, Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Georgian State and Tbilisi Symphony Orchestras, under the baton of Franz-Paul Decker, James DePreist, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Valery Gergiev, Djansug Kakhidze, Dmitri Kitayenko, Michel Plasson, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Temirkanov, and Pascal Verrot.
Highlights of her international festival engagements have included Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, International Keyboard Festival-Institute, Mannes Sounds Festival, NYU Summer Piano Intensive, Round Top Festival-Institute, PianoSummer at New Paltz, Los Angeles International Piano Symposium, Piano Festival Northwest, Apollo Music Festival, Puerto Piano, Bermuda Piano Festival, Villa Sandra Piano Academy, Todi International Music Masters, Festival International de Colmar, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Duszniki-Zdroj International Chopin Festival, White Nights, Russian Winter, Neuhaus Piano Festival, and Autumn Tbilisi Music Festival.
Andjaparidze has performed in various chamber ensembles and stage productions. Her innovative endeavor PianoTheatre has featured special artistic projects such as Spectral Scriabin; La boîte à joujoux by Debussy; L'histoire de Babar by Poulenc; La Voix humaine by Poulenc / Cocteau; Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev; They Got Music: Rachmaninoff and Gershwin.
Based in New York City, Andjaparidze is teaching on the piano faculties at NYU Steinhardt and Mannes School of Music and conducting masterclasses worldwide. She has served as Head of the Keyboard Programs and Professor of Piano at DePaul University in Chicago, the State University of New York, the Moscow and Tbilisi State Conservatoires and as Visiting Professor at Xi’an and Foshan Conservatories in China.
A Steinway Artist, Andjaparidze is founder and artistic director of an artistic/educational program AmerKlavier, the first piano performance studio named to the International Steinway Artists roster. AmerKlavier has presented myriads of thematic festivals and projects including The United Sounds of America; American Piano Sonata; American Piano Variations; American Piano Etude; American Rags and Pieces; Pour le piano; Grand Piano à la Russe: A Taste of Georgia; Piano Theatre; J. S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I; Complete Piano Sonatas by Mozart; 32 Piano Sonatas by Beethoven; Complete Nocturnes by Chopin; Complete Piano Sonatas by Prokofiev; Complete Opera for Two Pianos and One-Piano Four/Six Hands by Rachmaninoff; Complete Concerti for Two Keyboards and Strings by J. S. Bach; Complete Piano Quartets by Brahms, and other musical offerings.
Born to a family of musicians in Tbilisi, Georgia – her father, Zurab Andjaparidze, the leading tenor with the Bolshoi Opera and mother, pianist Yvetta Bachtadze, a student of Alexander Iokheles from Konstantin Igumnov’s piano lineage – Andjaparidze studied at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire with Vera Gornostaeva, a student of Heinrich Neuhaus. The youngest participant, Andjaparidze received Fourth Prize at the Fifth Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow and was the first Soviet pianist to win Grand Prix at the Montreal International Piano Competition. Her awards include the Order of People’s Friendship, Order of Honor, and People's Artist of Georgia title.
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