Sunday, February 19, 2023 – 2:30 pm
Nicolas Namoradze, piano
“His interpretative skills command attention”
Pianist and composer Nicolas Namoradze, whose performances have been hailed by critics as “sparkling…sensitive and coloristic” (New York Times), came to international attention upon winning the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary. The Calgary Herald called him “unparalleled” and “a pianist’s pianist,” stating: “Namoradze is not the conventional competition pianist, but his individuality was evident from the outset.
Among the most critically acclaimed musicians of his generation, Namoradze was bestowed the 2020 & 2021 Young Pianist Award by the UK Critics’ Circle, which called him “very much more than a top-flight pianist. Recent critical highlights include rare five-star reviews in The Telegraph and The Guardian, which called his performance at Royal Festival Hall “ideally laconic and debonair, weighty yet exquisite”. A
January 2022 cover feature in International Piano declared Namoradze’s Wigmore Hall debut “astonishing,” concluding that, “with so many talents and interests it is impossible to predict what this
young man will go on to do: all we can be sure of is that it will be both original and unexpected.”
In tandem with his musical career, Namoradze is actively engaged in various music-related fields in the cognitive sciences. Namoradze is also the creator of IDAGIO Mindfulness, a platform on IDAGIO, the
world’s leading classical music streaming app. As part of his work in the field, Namoradze has begun presenting a new event type, “mindful recitals,” interspersing musical performances with guided meditations that combine mindfulness practice and music appreciation.
Namoradze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia and grew up in Budapest, Hungary. He completed his master’s at The Juilliard School and his doctorate at the CUNY Graduate Center, holding the Graduate Center
Fellowship. His teachers and mentors have included Emanuel Ax, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Zoltán Kocsis, Matti Raekallio, András Schiff and Elisso Virsaladze in piano, and John Corigliano in composition.
This concert generously sponsored by : Driftwood Inn