Nino Gvetadze *
Born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgian pianist Nino Gvetadze leads an international career as a soloist and a chamber musician. Her performances have been praised by many critics throughout Europe and Asia. Nino received various awards, the most important were the Second Prize, Press Prize and Audience Award at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition 2008. She became the winner of prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2010. Since 2019 Nino Gvetadze is the Artistic Leader of Naarden International Piano Festival. In 2021 she succeeds Lisa Ferschtman as Artistic Leader of the Delft International Chamber Music Festival.
Nino Gvetadze has performed with many outstanding conductors such as Michel Plasson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Michel Tabachnik, John Axelrod and Jaap van Zweden and with orchestras such as the Rotterdam, Residentie-The Hague, Brussels, Espoo-Helsinki, Warsaw, Seoul and Netherlands Philharmonic, Bergische and the Rheinische Philharmonie, Münchner Symphoniker, amongst others. She toured with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Camerata RCO and Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
Recent highlights are the performance of Ulvi Cemal Erkin’s piano concerto in Istanbul and the Variations on a nursery tune of Dohnány with the Liege Royal Philharmonic and chief conductor Gergely Madaras. Together with Lisa Batiashvili and Gautier Capuçon she performed in the first edition of the Georgian Tsinandali Festival.
In 2019 Nino was the face of Classic FM Radio. She was present in radio programs and in Classic FM concerts. The Dutch National TV broadcasted the Shostakovich Quintet, which she performed with the Brodsky Quartet at the renowned Prinsengracht Concert. She was featured in BBC4 documentary "Story of Music" and played live on Dutch National TV on the instruments of Hector Berlioz and Vladimir Horowitz. Nino´s recorded recital at the Sendesaal Bremen has been chosen for the “ARD-Radiofestival”.
In recital Nino has performed all over the world, among other in Hannover (PRO MUSICA Preisträger amKlavier-Zyklus), Bayreuth, Herkulessaal and Prinzregententheater Munich, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the Spoleto Festival, Lucerne Piano Festival, Bunka-kaikan Hall Tokyo, Kuhrhaus Wiesbaden, the Festival Piano aux Jacobins (Toulouse), Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland). In the Netherlands Nino is a regular guest at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven and Edesche Concertzaal, where Nino had a residency in 2017/18.
Nino Gvetadze is a Challenge Classics artist. In September 2020 she will release her album “Einsam” with among other Kreisleriana and Kinderszenen of Robert Schumann. In 2019 Nino presented her album “Visions”, with solo pieces of the English composer Cyril Scott, at the BBC in London. The CD received 5 stars in "Volkskrant" and a 9 in "Luister Magazine" and "Het Parool" placed the CD in the top 20 of best CDs of 2019. The. Music journal “Pianist” wrote about her first CD “Ghosts” with the 24 Préludes of Chopin: ‘Gvetadze makes the listener - partly thanks to the wonderful recording - companion of the most intimate thoughts’. Repertoire that has been released on other labels: piano works by Mussorgsky (Brilliant Classics), Rachmaninoff Preludes op 23 and op 32 (Etcetera), “Debussy” with the Préludes book I, Estampes and Claire de Lune (Orchid) and “Widmung” with Liszt piano works (Orchid). The Debussy CD was editor’s choice of both International Record Review (April 2014).
In Tbilisi Nino studied with Veronika Tumanishvili, Nodar Gabunia and Nana Khubutia. After her graduation Nino moved to the Netherlands to study with Paul Komen and Jan Wijn. Since 2008 Nino plays in a piano trio with her colleagues Frederieke Saeijs and Maja Bogdanovic.
Nino plays on a Steinway Grand Piano, kindly lent to her by the Dutch National Music Instrument Foundation.