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Georgian pianist wows at concert
December 21, 2017, 10:53 am
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On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Kuwait, the Embassy of Georgia in cooperation with the Kuwait National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature (NCCAL) hosted a classical piano concert featuring outstanding Georgian Pianist and UNESCO Artist for Peace, Elisso Bolkvadze. The event, held at the Abdulhussain Abdulredha Theatre on 13 December, witnessed a large gathering of diplomats, the NCCAL Secretary General Ali Al-Youha, NCCAL's Assistant Secretary-General for Cultural Affairs Dr. Bader Al-Duwaish aside from members of the local and expat community. 

The Ambassador of Georgia to Kuwait H.E. Roland Beridze delivered the welcome address to the gathering. Elisso Bolkvadze amazed the audience with her brilliant performance where she played masterpieces of some of the greatest classical composers: L.V. Beethoven - Sonate N17 "Tempest"; F. Chopin – Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante, op.22;  F. Schubert – Impromptu, D 899, op.90,  No. 2 and S. Prokofiev – Sonate pour piano No. 2, op.17, ré mineur.

Elisso Bolkvadze’s stellar career began since she began her musical study at the young age of four and performed her first concert with an orchestra at the age of seven. Musician and Doctor of Philosophy, Michel Sogny and his unique Piano Method greatly influenced her development as an artist and her musical career that has seen her perform in the most prestigious concert halls worldwide. The Georgian artist has also established herself as a passionate cultural heritage protector and became UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2015.

The accomplished pianist has won many international piano competitions across the world including the Van Cliburn Competition (USA), Vianna da Motta (Lisbon), Axa International Piano Competition (Dublin), the Marguerite Long Competition’s special prize for the best interpretation of French music (Paris) among others.

In recognition of her awards from many international piano world competitions, Elisso Bolkvadze was awarded ‘The Medal of Georgian Government’ – one of the most prestigious national honors. For her outstanding contribution to the development of culture and personal commitment to cultural exchanges between France and Georgia, Elisso Bolkvadze received the distinction of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by French Republic in October 2015.

Aside from an illustrious career, Bolkvadze is actively engaged in charity endeavors that help young talents and founded the Charity Foundation ‘Lyra’ in 2013 in her homeland Georgia.

She also tours with recital concerts across Asia, America and Europe playing Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy, Prokofiev and Chopin.

She has recorded several albums for Sony BMG and Cascavelle Lable, performing piano concertos by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Liszt. In 2015, Bolkvadze released an album ‘Prokofiev, Schubert’ with Lable Audite that received great critical acclaim and was granted the title «Pianist Maestro».

In 2013, she founded the Batumi International Music Festival that is an important cultural highlight in Georgia, where artists of different cultures gather to create musical excellence. One of the main aspirations of the festival is to broaden the power of cultural dialogue, unify people around good values and become one of the important bridges of building peace around the world.

This concert in Kuwait proved to be another manifestation of the strengthening cultural ties between Kuwait and Georgia.

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