Eteri Andjaparidze (Russia/USA)
Pianist ETERI ANDJAPARIDZE has gained international acclaim as one of the most versatile artists and insightful pedagogues.
Ms. Andjaparidze has performed on the world’s most prestigious concert stages in 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, Pascal Verrot and Christoph Campestrini among others. She has collaborated on various projects with Jennifer Tipton, Boris Berman, Vladimir Feltsman, Sergei Leiferkus, Susanne Mentzer, Stephen Balderston and Alex Klein to name a few.
Highlights of her international festival engagements as an artist and visiting faculty have included White Light Festival at Lincoln Center, International Keyboard Festival and Institute in New York, Mannes College Yearlong Festival, Round Top International Festival-Institute, PianoSummer at New Paltz, Los Angeles International Piano Symposium, Piano Festival Northwest, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Festival International de Colmar, Duszniki-Zdroj International Chopin Festival, White Nights, and Russian Winter.
Ms. Andjaparidze’s discography on Naxos, Marco Polo, and Melodiya labels includes solo albums nominated for Grammy (Zez Confrey’s Piano Music) and Deutsche Schallplatten (Prokofiev’s Piano Music, Vol.1) awards.
A Steinway Artist, Ms. Andjaparidze is the founder and artistic director of an advanced comprehensive artistic/educational program AmerKlavier, the first piano performance studio named to the International Steinway Artists roster. She has created numerous thematic projects including the 2003 festival United Sounds of America, a retrospective of American music dedicated to 9/11. Currently teaching on the faculty at NYU Steinhardt, she has served as Professor of Piano and Head of the Keyboard Programs at DePaul University in Chicago, and taught at the Moscow Tchaikovsky and Tbilisi State Conservatoires, the State University of New York, as conducting masterclasses worldwide.
A native of Tbilisi, Georgia, Ms. Andjaparidze received her first piano lessons from her pianist mother Yvette Bachtadze. Her father, Zurab Andjaparidze, was the leading tenor with the Bolshoi and Tbilisi Operas. By age 9, Ms. Andjaparidze debuted in solo recital and as soloist with the Georgian State Symphony Orchestra. She earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatoire, where she studied with Vera Gornostaeva, a student of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus. Ms. Andjaparidze was the youngest participant to receive Fourth Prize at the Fifth Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow and the first Soviet pianist to win Grand Prix at the Montreal International Piano Competition. Her recognitions include International Friendship Order, Georgian Order of Honor, and People’s Artist of Georgia title.