Eteri Andjaparidze has gained international acclaim as one of the most multifaceted artists and insightful pedagogues of piano. Her discography on Naxos, Marco Polo, and Melodia labels includes Grammy and Deutsche Schallplatten awards nominated solo albums.
Andjaparidze has appeared around the globe in solo recitals, chamber programs, and as guest soloist with 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 to name a few.
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, Southeastern Piano Festival, 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. Her special project PianoTheatre has featured collaborative programs 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; Souvenirs by Barber.
Based in New York City, Andjaparidze is teaching at NYU Steinhardt and Mannes School of Music. She has served as Head of the Keyboards Program 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 with masterclass series worldwide.
A Steinway Artist, Andjaparidze is founder and artistic director of an artistic/educational project AmerKlavier, the first piano performance studio named to the International Steinway Artists roster. AmerKlavier has presented myriads of festivals and programs including The United Sounds of America; American Piano Forms: Sonata, Variations, Etude, 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, Beethoven, and Prokofiev; Complete Nocturnes by Chopin; Complete Poems by Scriabin; 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. Andjaparidze has curated “Beethoven the Contemporary” festival and The Art of Piano series at NYU, special thematic programs at Mannes Sounds Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and project “Eteriani”.
Andjaparidze was born to a family of musicians in Tbilisi, Georgia – her father, Zurab Andjaparidze, the leading tenor with the Bolshoi Opera, and mother, her first teacher, pianist Yvetta Bachtadze, a student of Alexander Iokheles from Konstantin Igumnov’s piano lineage. Her stepfather, Leonid Oakley was an esteemed Georgian scientist. Andjaparidze received her early education at the Tbilisi Paliashvili Special Music School with Meri Chavchanidze, and subsequently entered the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire to study 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 People’s Friendship Order, Order of Honor, and People's Artist of Georgia title.
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