LIONESS OF THE PIANO. Oil on Canvas. Diameter 100 cm. by Stefan Bløndal

 

Biography

 

Nina Kavtaradze commenced her musical studies at the age of 6 at the Central Music School of the Conservatoire in her city of birth, Moscow, which was established in 1932 especially for gifted children. Already at the age of 8, Nina Kavtaradze played in the Colonnade at the House of the Union. Eleven years later she graduated to the Conservatoire proper joining the class of Lev Oborin. Following her graduation, the great teacher was to write this of his pupil: "She is a musician who possesses talent of the very highest order, with considerable artistic depth and brilliant individuality." 

Nina Kavtaradze has given concerts all over the former Soviet Union, USA and in most European countries, performing as a soloist. Kavtaradze´s repertoire includes a.o. 50 concerts with orchestra, which she has played with numerous conductors. Among them Yuri Ahronovich, Sir Charles Groves, Leif Segerstam, Jorma Panula, Kurt Sanderling, Moshe Atzmon, Mariss Jansons, Kiril Kondrashin, Lamberto Gardelli, Michael Schönvandt, Osmo Vänskä, Jan Latham-Koenig, Petri Zakari, Gunnar Staern, Daron Salomon, Peter Erös, Ole Schmidt etc. 

Her vast repertoire comprises both the familiar and the lesser known: she has recorded the complete works for piano of  Richard Wagner (and edited these works for the internet company www.freehandmusic.com, amongst these four pieces, which were never published before) and Mussorgsky. The Wagner recording was chosen as being one of the top 10 piano CD´s in the world for the year 2000 by the german music magazine"Neue Musikzeitung" (founded by Robert Schumann). 

Many of her other CD-recordings were prize awarded, a.o. her recording of Herman D. Koppels Piano Concerto No. 3, which received the Danish Music Awards 2004.  

Nina Kavtaradze has participated as juror at innumerable international piano competitions.

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