Eliso Virsaladze (Georgian: ელისო ვირსალაძე; Russian: Элисо Вирсаладзе; born 1942, in Tbilisi), PAU, is a Soviet and Georgian classical pianist. She received her first piano lessons at the age of 8 from her grandmother, Anastasia Virsaladze, a well-known music teacher and pianist in the Georgian SSR. Later, she graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatory, and continued her education as a postgraduate student at the Moscow Conservatory. Virsaladze won the third prize in the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1962 and the first prize in the Schumann Competition in Zwickau in 1966.
Virsaladze enjoys playing chamber music, partnering with cellist Natalia Gutman, the Borodin and the Taneyev Quartets. She participates as a jury member in many international piano competitions. She is an interpreter of Schumann, Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin, as well as of modern Soviet and Russian composers. Live Classics has recorded most of her broad repertoire.
She was awarded the title of People's Artist of the Georgian SSR in 1971, and of People's Artist of the USSR in 1989. Since 1966, Eliso Virsaladze has given recitals and appeared with major international orchestras under Yevgeny Svetlanov, Kyrill Kondrashin, Riccardo Muti, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Sanderling, and Wolfgang Sawallisch. She has been teaching at Moscow Conservatory since 1967 and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, Germany, since 1995.
Among her students are many winners and laureates of international piano competitions: B. Berezovsky, E. Voskresenskaya, V. Bronevetsky, Y. Katznelson, A. Volodin, D. Kaprin, M. Kolomiytseva, A. Osminin, L. Akopova, L. Bustani, M. Nahapetov, Regina Chernichko, O. Macheratini, E. Mirkasimova, D. Shishkin, Dinara Klinton (Nadzhafova).
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