Giorgi S • Piano Instructor
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Giorgi developed a deep affection for music at an early age and at six he was encouraged to enter the Paliashvili Music School, where for eleven years he studied piano under Prof. Piralishvili. During his last year of school he was a guest performer at the Toradze Piano Studio recitals. Subsequently, he was invited to join the Studio in the United States immediately upon completion of his studies in Tbilisi.
The move to the States in the fall of 2006 at the age of seventeen, was a life-changing experience. The Indiana University South Bend campus, where the Toradze Studio had its home for many years, proved to be a great environment for his personal growth as a musician. The years of performances and lessons with Lexo Toradze, as well as with Keti Badridze, played a major role in Giorgi’s development as a musician. In 2011, after receiving his Performer's Diploma, he moved to Chicago, where he continued working on his bachelor’s degree at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
During his years at CCPA, where Giorgi received his Bachelor's degree in 2013 and his Master's degree in 2015, he studied with Ludmila Lazar, whose musicianship had a great impact on his approach towards pianism and deepened his understanding of musical arts. Throughout his career, Giorgi has had numerous performances as a soloist as well as an accompanist and a chamber musician. He was also invited to attend various masterclasses with world-renowned musicians and has participated in festivals and performance showcases, in addition to being a recipient of a number of prizes and scholarships at different venues. At both IUSB and CCPA, he was honored to have had a full scholarship.
Since 2015, Giorgi has increased his focus on teaching and sharing his knowledge with others, most importantly, the values of sincerity and freedom of expression through music. These values have been passed down through generations of celebrated musicians such as Ludwig van Beethoven and Heinrich Neuhaus, to whom Giorgi can humbly, but proudly claim to have a direct link to through his teachers.