L. V. Beethoven: Sonata, op. 81a in E flat major, Das Lebewohl (Les adieux)
R. Schumann: Kinderscenen, op. 15
S. Rachmaninoff: Prelude in E flat major, op.23 no. 6
Etude-tableaux in D major, op.39 no. 9
“Deep authority and a stunning and reliable technique”
Daniel Cariaga, Los Angeles Times
“George Vatchnadze is one of the freshest and most exiting young pianists to come along in a long, long time”
Patrick Meanor, Listener
George Vatchnadze has appeared with orchestras and in recital throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, Netherlands, Finland, Italy, Israel, Russia, Japan, Taiwan, Chile and Guatemala. Among others, he has performed at the Hollywood Bowl Festival, Ravinia Festival, Stresa Festival, and Rotterdam Philharmonic’s “Philips Gergiev” Festival. He has also been a frequent guest of St. Petersburg’s “White Nights” and “Mikkeli” (Finland) festivals. In 1997 Mr. Vatchnadze made a sensational recital debut at the prestigious Edinburgh International Music Festival and received the “Herald Angel Award” presented by the “Scottish Herald” newspaper. He has appeared on live broadcasts of the Dutch National Radio, BBC and NPR’s “Performance Today”. In 1999 Mr. Vatchnadze made his New York recital debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Critic and writer Faubion Bowers wrote in American Record Guide: “Vatchnadze is a consummate artist, now at the height of his musical and intellectual powers. He can do absolutely anything he wants at the piano. He commands delicate pianissimi, massive diapasons and everything in between”.
Mr. Vatchnadze was a featured soloist at the Stresa Festival’s opening night, where he performed with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony under the direction of Vladimir Fedoseev. Mr. Vatchnadze’s engagements have included performances with the Kirov Orchestra under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda, at the St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater and London’s Covent Garden, as well as appearances at the Gilmore Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall, Ravenna Festival and New York’s Miller Theater. In August of 2004 Mr. Vatchnadze appeared at Salzburg Festival and Maggio Musicale Festival in Florence.
George Vatchnadze has recorded two CDs with Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Jansug Kakhidze featuring Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No.2 and Ravel’s Concerto For The Left Hand for Sony and Excelsior Labels.
Currently Mr. Vatchnadze is on piano faculty at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He will be moving to Chicago this fall to take on the piano faculty position at the DePaul University School of Music.