Elisso Virsaladze


Elisso Virsaladze grew up in a family in Tbilisi, which was for generations involved in the artand culture of Georgia. She received her first piano lessons from her grandmother, ProfessorAnastasia Virsaladze. After attending the conservatory, she left her native city and moved toMoscow. At the age of twenty she won the third prize in the Tchaikovsky Competition.

In Moscow, she continued her studies with Heinrich Neuhaus and Yakov Zak. These giftedteachers had not only a deep influence on her artistic development, but also immersed her inthe renowned tradition of Russian piano pedagogy. It is therefore not surprising that she isrecognised today as an exceptional teacher whose students have won sensational recognitionat competitions. Moscow conservatory and Munich Musikhochschule have made ElissoVirsaladze a regular professor and there is hardly any important international competitionwhere she has not been invited to take part in the jury. To mention only a few where she isregularly invited: Santander, Geza Anda in Zurich or Rubinstein in Tel Aviv as well as ofcourse Tchaikovsky (and lately Richter) in Moscow.

Her deepest love is for the composers of the late 18th and 19th centuries, especially Mozart,Beethoven, Chopin and Schumann. At the age of twenty-four, she won the first prize at theSchumann Competition in Zwickau, and she has been described by the international press asone of the great contemporary interpreters of Schumann. At the same time, the pianist is wellknown for her wide repertoire up to and including modern Russian composers. The SovietUnion has honoured her with its highest artistic awards.

Elisso Virsaladze regularly performs in London, Milan, Rome, Paris, Lisbon, Berlin andBarcelona; duo concerts with Natalia Gutman took (and repeatedly take) place f. i. in Vienna,Berlin, Brussels, Madrid, Munich, Milan, Geneva, London and Lausanne, to name only themost important European cities. In chamber music and with orchestras such as PetersburgPhilharmonic or Royal Philharmonia London she has toured North America, Japan andEurope extensively. Besides this Elisso Virsaladze regularly appears with prestigiousorchestras in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Japan the US and other countries.

Elisso Virsaladze has worked with conductors such as Rudolf Barschai, Kyril Kondraschin,Ricardo Muti, Kurt Sanderling, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Evgeny Svetlanov or Juri Temirkanov–to name only a few.

The 2017/2018 season is as always composed of solo-recitals and chamber-music (f. e. inBarcelona, Milan, Paris, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kyoto, Tokyo, Taipei, Shanghai andBeijing), orchestra-concerts with Philharmonia Orchestra London, Petersburg Philharmonic,New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra among others, masterclasses(f. e. in Brescia, Fiesole, Kirishima and Tokyo) and jury-competitions in Bratislava,Fairbanks and Hamamatsu.

The label Live Classics where numerous recordings have been published opens a wideperspective onto Elisso Virsaladze´s musical personality.