Tbilisi International Piano Competition

The Fifth Tbilisi International Piano Competition was held between 1-14 October, 2013 in Tbilisi. The competition received about 150 entries from 18 countries. Due to the result of preliminary audition by CD’S 42 pianists from 14 countries were selected to participate in the competition. Finaly, 30 contestants from 11 countries took part in the competition. Drawing of lots was held at the Foyer of the Conservatoire Grand Hall on October 1. The festive Opening Ceremony was held on October 1 followed by Inaugural Concert that featured Alberto Nose, the prominent Italian pianist, a Jury member, who performed with Chamber Ensemble “Georgian Sinfonietta”, conductor Gogi Tchitchinadze (Georgia). The finalists at the 4th Round were accompanied by the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra, conductor - Vakhtang Kakhidze (Georgia). The Closing and Awarding Ceremony & Prizewinners’ Gala Concert took place on October 14.

In the framework of the Competition traditional International Piano Masterclasses were organised. Prominent musicians, jury members: Rolf-Dieter Arens (Germany); Alberto Nose (Italy); Norma Fisher (Great Britain); Choong-Mo Kang (South Korea); Therese Dussaut (France); Oxana Yablonskaya (USA); Ramzi Yassa (Egypt/France), conducted masterclasses for conservatoire students at the Recital Hall of Tbilisi Conservatoire.

The Conservatoire Grand Hall was built in 1938-1941, when the conservatoire building was undergoing its first reconstruction (Architect: Shalva Tavadze). It was festively opened on January 28, 1942. In 1963 a three manual and forty register “Alexander Schuke Potsdam” organ was installed in the Grand Hall. Its timbre and register specifications were perfectly adjusted to the Hall’s acoustics. Over the years famous organ players such as Isay Braudo, James Dalton, Jean Guillou, Garry Grodberg, Hugo Lepnurm and Leonid Roizman have performed on this remarkable instrument. Renowned Georgian organ player Eter Mgaloblishvili’s career is also inextricably linked with this organ.
During ten years, (1987 – 1997), the Grand Hall did not function. On Manana Doidjashvili’s initiative and the Georgian government’s support the Hall has been restored and renovated, in the result of which the Hall has once again become a very significant cultural center for our capital. In 1998 the Georgian Parliament together with the Republic of Germany restored the organ. The Grand Hall has a seating capacity of 500; it is remarkable in terms of acoustics and can host both symphony and chamber concerts. The orchestra pit makes it possible to perform operas there as well. The Hall has digital audio-recording studio, organ, two “Steinway & Sons” concert grand pianos and all facilities which meet modern standards. 
 Since 1997 the Grand Hall has hosted annual international festival New Year Music Celebrations.
They feature outstanding contemporary musicians performing, classical and folk music, as well as jazz. The Grand Hall hosts various cultural events like the Georgian Competitions of Musician-Performers and the Tbilisi International Piano Competition, International Symposia on Traditional Polyphony, as well as book presentations, exhibitions of paintings etc.


Alexi Matchavariani

The outstanding Georgian Composer Alexi Matchavariani (1913-1995), People’s Artist of the USSR, Laureate of the USSR State and Shota Rustaveli Prize, has received many various medals and international awards, and Gold Medal of the Braidense Gallery at La Scala, Milan and the Picasso Prize (USA) among others. 
In 1936 Alexi Matchavariani graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatoire under Prof. Petre Ryazanov and prominent Georgian composer Meliton Balanchivadze. Under Prof. Ryazanov he took the Post-Graduate Course in composition at the same conservatoire. 
Alexi Matchavariani’s creative heritage is broad and versatile including piano and violin concerti, 7 symphonies, 6 string quartets, ballets, operas, vocal-instrumental cycle, romances, piano ballades, piano and orchestral pieces, choral music, music for choir and orchestra, music for movies and theatre performances. 
A.Matchavariani has acquired appreciation and recognition as a musician of high erudition and creative individuality both in Georgia and abroad.  His woks have been successfully performed in major halls and theatres around the world in the interpretation of the world known musicians and conductors.
His works are published in the USA, Russia, Germany, etc. About 20 records have been released at the “Melodia” studio and at many others. The “Columbia” studio has published his violin concerto. 
Besides his creative activities as a composer A. Matchavariani was intensively involved into pedagogical and social life. 

Alexi Matchavariani’s piano work “Khorumi” selected as an obligatory work for the competition was composed in 1938. “Khorumi” is an ancient folk battle round dance (5/8 measure) traditionally performed by men. It was premiered and recorded as a soundtrack for the film by Tinatin Gogolashvili, Anastasia Virsaladze’s former student, accompanied by the rhythm of drum. Performed by Ksenia Djikia, Prof. Henrich Heuhaus’ student, the work has achieved an international recognition. Since then this composition has been included in the repertoire of both Georgian and foreign pianists. 

Ilya KONDRATIEV (Russia) - GRAND PRIX - US $ 15 000 & Commemorative Medal
- City Hall of Tbilisi - award For Artistry -bronze statuette Magic note;
- Embassy of Italy in Georgia - prize For the Best Performance of a Scarlatti Sonata - US $ 1000
- Embassy of Turkey in Georgia - prize For the Best Performance of a Piano Concerto - US $ 1000
- Georgian Music Competitions Fund - prize For the Best Performance of a Classical Sonata in the Second Round - US $ 1.000
- Georgian Music Competitions Fund - "The Alfred Cortot Prize " - For the Best Performance of Romantic Music - US $ 1. 500

Tsotne TSOTSKHALASHVILI (Georgia) II PRIZE – 7 000 USD (donated by "Ernst and Young") & commemorative medal
- RADIO FORTUNA - Scholarship US $ 1 000 to the Best Georgian Participant
- SOLO Fund of Assistance to Young Georgian Musicians – prize For the Best Georgian Performer - US $ 1 000. 

Reed TETZLOFF (USA) - III PRIZE – 5 000 USD (donated by Bob Meijer) & commemorative medal
- Ministry of Culture & Monument Protection of Georgia award - Gilt bronze figurine Muse - for the best recital in the Semi-final

Anna GOGAVA (Georgia) - V PRIZE – 3 000 USD (donated by Nana & Avtandil Tsereteli) & commemorative medal
- Georgian Music Competitions Fund - "The Alfred Cortot Prize " US $ 1. 500 "For the Best Performance of Romantic Music"

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia – prize US $ 1.000 to the best foreign performer of a Georgian Composer’s work - DE SOLAUN Josu (Spain)
  • Maia Adamia- Griffin - encouragement prize US $ 500 for the Best Semi-finalist who didn’t reach the Final Round - DE S OLAUN Josu (Spain)
  • Georgian Panist Temur Akhobadze's encouragement prize US $ 500 for the best Georgian Semi-finalist – Alexander Vasadze (Gorgia)
  • Georgian Music Competitions Fund – prize US $ 500 for the Best Semi-finalist who didn’t reach the Final Round - KOVALENKO Oleksiy (Ukraine)
  • Embassy of Poland in Georgia Prize US $ 1000 and Therese Dussaut’s “Encouragement Prize” US $ 500- For the Best Performance of a Chopin Etude - KURITA Nanako (Japan)
  • All semifinalists have got the Conservatoire Grand Hall award – CDs with a recording of the 3rd Round Performance
  • All semifinalists were awarded Honorary Diplomas.


  • The winners of the V Tbilisi International Piano Competition will be invited to the following concerts and masterclasses:
  • Recital in Tbilisi - organized by the International Festival”New Year Music Celebrations” at the V.Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire Grand Hall (2014, Georgia)
  • Recital in Utrecht - organized by the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition (2014, November, Netherlands)
  • Recital in Kiev - organized by the International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz (Kiev, Ukraine, 2014)
  • Recital in Poland - organized by the Paderewski International Piano Competition (Poland)
  • Recital in Dublin - organized by the Dublin International Piano Competition (Ireland)

•    Minister of foreign Affairs of Georgia –H. E.  Ms. Maia Panjikidze
•    Ambassador of Germany – H.E. Mr. Ortwin Hennig 
•    Ambassador of Poland – H.E. Mr. Andrzej Cieszkowski
•    Ambassador of France – H.E. Mr. Renaud Salins
•    Ambassador of Italy – H.E. Ms. Federica Favi
•    Ambassador of Turkery – H.E. Mr. Levent Murat Buhran 


  • “Rustavi2”
  • “Public Broadcasting”
  • “Radio Fortuna”
  • “Caucasus Online”
  • Bob Meijer
  • Nana and Avtandil Tsereteli


  • Ernst & Young
  • “TBC Group”
  • “Samgori 94 Group”
  • “Chateau Mukhrani”
  • “Teliani Valley”
  • “Hotel CourtyaRD Marriott”
  1. Tbilisi City Hall;
  2. Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia;
  3. The V, Sarajishvili State Conservatoir;
  4. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia;
  5. The Diplomatic Missions of the Federal Republic of Germany, Republic of France, Republic of Poland, Republic of Italy and Republic of Turkey accredited in Georgia;
  6. institute of France in Georgia;
  7. the “solo” Fund of Assistance to Young Georgian Musicians. 

Left to Right: 

  1. ILYA ZUIKO - (Ukraine, III Prize)
  4. ANA GOGAVA - (Georgia, V Prize
  5. GIULIO BIDDAU - (Italy, IV Prize)
  6. ILYA KONDRATIEV - (Russia, Grand Prix)

First row - Left to Right:

  1. Norma Fisher (Great Britain)
  2. Marta Sosinska-Janczewski (Poland)
  3. Manana Doijashvili (Georgia, Chairman)
  4. Therese Dussaut (France)
  5. Oxana Yablonskaya (USA )

Second row Left to Right:

  1. Choong-Mo Kang (Korea)
  2. Gogi Tchitchinadze (Georgia)
  3. Ramzi Yassa (Egypt/France)
  4. Rolf-Dieter Arens (Germany)
  5. Alberto Nose (Italy)
  6. Joel Harrison (USA)

    Maia Adamia-Griffin - Executive Secretary of the Jury (Georgia-Great Britain)

Choong-Mo Kang - “The 5th Tbilisi International Piano Competition was such a memorable event for me in many aspects:  it was such a well organized competition; the level of the competition was very impressive; the pre-selection was extremely well selected. The most importantly, the 5th Tbilisi Competition was not just for the 6 winners. It was for ALL the contestants.I absolutely think that all the competitions have something to learn from this aspect”.

Joel Harrison - “Manana Doijashvili and her colleagues are doing first-class work and the City of Tbilisi and the Republic of Georgia should be extremely proud of the superb results they have achieved. They are bringing international recognition and distinction to the City, the Republic and the Conservatoire! The level of competitors was excellent, and certainly the top prize winners are wonderful young artists deserving of attention and support. Your hospitality exceeded any reasonable standard of expectation!”
Marta Sosinska -“It was a truly beautiful time filled with music and many most interesting acquaintances. A real “Holiday of Music”! I will forever remember the beautiful atmosphere during the competition, the perfect organization, thought through to the most minute detail, and the incredible hospitality of the Georgian people! The Grand Hall of  the Conservatoire with its great acoustics was a worthy place for an international piano competition”.

Norma Fisher -“I can’t thank you enough for the incredible hospitality shown from the moment we arrived until the day we left. This experience will live with us forever! Bravo on the great success of the Competition! Things could not have been better arranged and you have to be congratulated on gathering such a great selection of young pianists! “

Oxana Yablonskaya - “The Competition was organized on a very high level, not a single detail was left aside. All the people involved in the competition were extremely kind and attentive. The cultural program was incredibly well organized- this no competition does! My congratulations for a successful Competition! “

Ramzi Yassa - “I admire the great and wonderful work that Manana Doijashvili is doing for Art, Culture and Music in Georgia! The Tbilisi International Piano Competition was the opportunity to witness a highly professional standard of organization! I have been juror in many international Competitions and I can say that the Tbilisi International Piano Competition is ranking very high! Congratulations for this achievement!”

Alberto Nose - “The level of the contestants has been very high and interesting from the artistic point of view, and the organization has been at the best level of efficiency, from the planning of all events during the contest to the warm atmosphere between the jury members and the people who made all this possible! “

Rolf – Dieter Arens -“The 5th Tbilisi International Piano Competition (1-14 October, 2013) was very well prepared and organized. It was distinguished by a very high level of competitors. An amazingly friendly atmosphere reigned at the competition!”

Therese Dussaut -“International Piano Competition in such beautiful conditions could not be built in best place. That is probably the reason of the high level of the candidates, and also of the fact that everyone has felt confident in this warm atmosphere built during the two weeks, what is very rare.! Every day was like a Fest! Bravo and thank you, dear Manana!”

V Prize, Gogava Ana, Georgia

V Prize, Gogava Ana, Georgia

IV Prize, Biddau Giulio, Italy

III Prize, Zuiko Ilya, Ukraine

III Prize, Tetzloff Reed, USA

II Prize, Tsotskhalashvili Tsotne, Georgia

Grand-Prix. Kondratiev Ilya, Russia

Grand-Prix. Kondratiev Ilya, Russia