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Elisso Virsaladze

  • Pianist

Biography

In Moscow, Elisso Virsaladze continued her studies with Heinrich Neuhaus and Yakov Zak. These gifted teachers had not only a deep influence on her artistic development, but also immersed her in the renowned tradition of Russian piano pedagogy. It is therefore not surprising that she is recognised today as an exceptional teacher whose students have won sensational recognition at competitions. Elisso Virsaladze is a professor at the Moscow conservatory and at the Munich Musikhochschule; she is regularly invited as juror to the major international competitions, including those in Japan, Portugal, Santander, the Geza Anda in Zurich, the Rubinstein in Tel Aviv and the Tchaikovsky in Moscow. Forthcoming competitions at which Miss Virsaladze will adjudicate are those in Santander (2005), Munich (2006) and Brussels (2007).

She is deeply committed to 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 the Schumann Competition in Zwickau, and she has been described by the international press as one of the great contemporary interpreters of Schumann.

Miss Virsaladze is also well-known for her wide repertoire up to and including modern Russian composers. The Soviet Union has honoured her with its highest artistic awards.

Elisso Virsaladze regularly performs in London, Milan, Rome, Paris, Lisbon, Berlin and Barcelona; duo concerts with Natalia Gutman have taken place in cities including, in Europe, Vienna, Berlin, Brussels, Madrid, Munich, Milan, Geneva and Lausanne. In chamber music and with orchestras such as the St Petersburg and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, she has toured North America, Japan and Europe extensively, in addition to her appearances with the major orchestras in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the USA and other countries. Miss Virsaladze has worked with conductors such as Rudolf Barshai, Kyril Kondrashin, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Sanderling, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Evgeny Svetlanov, Juri Temirkanov and Antoni Wit.

In the 2003/4 season Elisso Virsaladze gave recitals mainly in Europe at venues including the Wigmore Hall, London, and the Conservatorio Verdi, Milano; she appeared in orchestra concerts in the US, Russia, Japan and Europe.

The label Live Classics has issued numerous recordings by Elisso Virsaladze, showing her in a broad range of repertoire.