Pianist Eteri Andjaparidze has gained international acclaim as one of the most multifaceted artists and insightful pedagogues. She has performed on concert stages around the globe in solo and collaborative recitals and as guest soloist with major orchestras including London Symphony, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Quebec Symphony, Beijing and Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestras, 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, Michel Plasson, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Temirkanov, and Pascal Verrot among others.
Highlights of her international festival engagements as an artist and faculty have included Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, International Keyboard Festival and 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 Rico International Piano Festival, Bermuda Piano Festival, Todi International Music Masters Festival, 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 to name a few. Her discography on Naxos, Marco Polo, and Melodiya labels includes solo albums nominated for Grammy and Deutsche Schallplatten awards.
Andjaparidze is teaching on the piano faculties at NYU Steinhardt and Mannes School of Music in New York City. She has conducted master classes worldwide and 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; Pour le piano; Grand Piano à la Russe: A Taste of Georgia; Piano Theatre; J. S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I; W. A. Mozart: Complete Piano Sonatas; L. van Beethoven: 32 Sonatas for Piano; F. Chopin: Complete Nocturnes; S. Prokofiev: Complete Piano Sonatas; S. Rachmaninoff: Complete Opera for Two Pianos and One-Piano Four/Six Hands; J. S. Bach: Complete Concerti for Two Keyboards and Strings, J. Brahms: Complete Piano Quartets, and other musical offerings.
Born to a musical family 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, she 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 International Friendship Order, Georgian Order of Honor, and People's Artist of Georgia title.
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