10|08|2016 • Concert Hall • 20h


SCHUBERT Sonata D960 B flat Major
SCHUMANN Songs of Dawn Op.133
RAVEL Valses nobles et sentimentales
DEBUSSY L’Issle Joyeuse

Nino Gurevich, the georgian pianist was born in Tbilissi, Georgia. Music surrounded her since early childhood: her mother was a piano teacher and her father Professor Willi Gurevich, conductor and musicologist, was the head of the composition and music theory department of the Tbilissi State Conservatory. Nino received her first piano lesson at the tender age of four from Professor Edisher Russishvili, a distinguished piano professor at the Tbilissi State Conservatory and a close friend of the family. Professor Russishvili immediately recognized the girl’s enormous musicality, natural creativity and pianistic potential, and, though usually working exclusively with the Conservatory students aged 18 and over, he gladly took over the task of teaching Nino. In 1982 Nino was accepted at the Z. Paliashvili Music School for especially gifted children and officially began her studies with Professor Russishvili, with whom she stayed throughout her time at the school and later at the Tbilissi State Conservatory. As her debut at the age of nine she performed Mozart piano concerto in A major (K. 488) with the Georgian Symphony Orchestra. Still a schoolgirl, she already had a great success playing solo recitals, concertos with best orchestras of Georgia under such distinguished conductors as Djansug Kakhidze, Revaz Takidze and Vakhtang Machavariani. She was a regular guest at the Telavi International Music Festival alongside masters of an international fame such as Elisso Wirssaladze, Dmitriy Bashkirov, Oleg Kagan, Oleg Krysa, Yuri Bashmet, Natalia Gutman, Eduard Brunner, Saulius Sondeckis. From 1991 to 1999 she made multiple recordings for Georgian Radio and Television. The list of the national and international piano competitions at which she was commended is also impressive: starting with the second prize at the First Tbilissi Piano Competition in 1987, she became a laureate as well as winner of Special Prizes at the 1st Georgia State Piano Competition in 1995; First International Tbilissi Piano Competition in 1997, B. Dvarionas International Young Pianists Competition in Vilnius (1989); of the First International Frederic Chopin Young Pianist Competition, Moscow, Russia (1992). In 1991 Nino Gurevich was awarded a Commendation and Scholarship of the International Program “New Names” for exeptionally gifted young musicians and in 1998 she was the receipient of the Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation scholarship. At the Telavi International Music Festival Nino Gurevich was brought to the attention of the eminent georgian pianist Elisso Wirssaldze. After graduating from the Tbilissi State Conservatory with honours in 1999, Nino Gurevich went to Munich, Germany, to complete her pianistic education at the Munich’s “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” under the guidance of Professor Wirssaladze, one of the most sought–after piano teachers in Europe. Nino was the winner of the “Musikhochschule München” Concerto Competition in 2000 and successfully took part in various international piano competition, among those: F. Chopin (Warsaw), R. Schumann (Zwickau), C. Schumann (Düsseldorf), F. Schubert (Dortmund), F. Busoni (Bolzano). Nino Gurevich enjoys regular concert activity as a soloist as well as a chamber musician throughout Europe and Asia. Among the highlights of her performing career are: solo recitals at International Festivals, such as Oleg Kagan Festival in Kreuth, Germany, International “Ruhr Piano Festival” in Dortmund (Germany), performances throughout Germany, Italy, Austria as a member of the “Daphioni” piano trio, performance of Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4 with the State Symphony Orchestra of Novosibrsk Philharmony under maestro Arnold Katz, chamber music concert in Seoul etc.