World-class artists including Kristjan Jarvi, Dudana Mazmanishvili and Edisher Savitski will join the opening of the traditional fall season of festivals and concerts in Georgia’s capital through the Tbilisi Piano Fest launching next week.
Across a week of concerts, recitals, workshops and master classes, local and foreign performers will share the space of the National Palace on Rustaveli Avenue with their audiences.
Before the performance and educational venue hosts over a dozen events within the festival, the event will be launched with an Orbeliani Square open-air concert featuring Jarvi, Mazmanishvili, Sander Moelder and the Georgian Sinfonietta orchestra.
Jarvi, a composer and conductor, is known for his widely ranging musical forays ranging from classical to jazz to film scores. The producer also heads his own production company and conducts groups like the London Symphony Orchestra.
Mazmanishvili, a Berlin-based Georgian pianist, is a recipient of the Dorothy MacKenzie Award at the International Keyboard Festival and the Nadia Reisenberg Award in New York City, among other prizes.
The artist has been featured on the German public broadcasting which has praised her as a "phenomenal" pianist and highlighted her status of Georgia's "culture ambassador to Germany".
Pianist and teacher Savitski, born in Tbilisi, is the winner of the International Piano-E-Competition and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, among other honours. Praised for his performances by music critics including for South Bend Tribune and Yediot Ahronot, he teaches as assistant professor at the University of Alabama School of Music.
The opening day of the festival will also involve a concert featuring American pianist Jeffrey Swann and German-Austrian performer Nina Adlon at the National Palace.
Taking over from the opening headliners, other well-known classical acts will be on the stage for the musical celebration. These will include Boris Berezovsky, making a return to the Georgian capital following his appearance at the 2017 New Year Music Celebrations.
Audiences will also get to listen to award-winning Italian pianist Massimiliano Ferrati, honoured from competitions including the Esther Honens International Piano Competition and the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition.
Acclaimed performers Alexei Volodin, Martina Filjak, Gabrielle Leporatti and Gesa Luecker are also in the line-up for the week-long schedule.
Beside performances, the piano event will include master classes led by the headlining artists and a workshop for piano technicians.
The 2019 Tbilisi Piano Fest will run in the National Palace venue at 8, Rustaveli Avenue between September 1-7.