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Early life

Elisso Bolkvadze comes from a literary family. She gave her first concert at the age of seven. She studied in a special music school for gifted children in Tbilisi, and continued her study in the conservatory of Tbilisi with professor Tengiz Ameredjibi, and at the same time she followed a master class with Professor Tatiana Nicolaeva in Moscow. Later she moved in Paris and continued her musical and intellectual education with the composer and philosopher Michel Sogny in France and Austria.

Elisso Bolkvadze has won numerous famous international piano competitions, such as the Van Cliburn, (USA), Vianna da Motta (Lisbon, Portugal), Axa International Piano Competition (Dublin, Ireland), Marguerite Long competition, and special prize for the best interpretation of French music (Paris, France) Bach International Competition in Leipzig. She was also rewarded in her country, by the Georgian government, receiving the most prestigious national honor- “ The medal of honor of Georgian government” 1993. And received Decoration from the City Hall of Tbilisi in 2010 for her successful cultural influence for Georgia.

Elisso Bolkvadze recorded for the label Sony a broad program for piano and orchestra by Ludwig Van Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Saint-Saëns and Liszt under the direction of Djansug Kakhidze.

She also recorded a live recital at the Festival Michel Sogny in August 2007 for the Cascavelle label.

Elisso has played sold out recitals and concerts throughout Europe and the United States in prestigious Concert Halls: such as Kennedy center (Washington, Usa)Pasadena Auditorium (Los Angeles, Usa), Orange Country Center (Usa) Salle Pleyel, and Salle Gaveau, and Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Gewandhaus Orchestra (Leipzig, Germany), Herkulessaal (Munich, Germany) Alte Oper (Frankfurt, Germany), Saint Petersburg Philarmonic Hall (Russia ), Vilnius National Orchestra (Lithuania) Chopin Festival in Poland, Ravello Festival in Italy, Orchestra Hall Chicago, and many others.

Recently Elisso created her own charitable music foundation, Lyra, with the mission of inspiring and promoting the young generation of Georgian classical pianists.

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