Young pianist Giorgi Gigashvili wins Kissinger Piano Olympics, Sandro Nebieridze takes second prize

Competition winner Giorgi Gigashvili (second from right) and second prize recipient Sandro Nebieridze (third from right) on stage with fellow participants of the event. Photo via Kissinger Piano Olympics., 04 Oct 2021 - 18:29, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian piano talents Giorgi Gigashvili and Sandro Nebieridze have swept three of the four awards at this year's edition of the Kissinger Piano Olympics, with the former earning the top prize and the Audience Award in the finals on Sunday.

Winner of the 2019 Piano Competition ‘City of Vigo’ and the Ferruccio Busoni competition the same year, the 20-year-old Gigashvili was announced the 2021 recipient of the principal prize of the event promoted as the "summer highlight for music and classical music fans in Germany's most famous health resort Bad Kissingen".

Gigashvili also earned the Audience Award on the final night, while Nebieridze finished second in the competition, ahead of Gustav Piekut of Denmark. This year's line-up also featured emerging talents Gile Bae, Josefa Schmidt and Xiaolu Zang.