On the celebration of Georgian Independency (May 23rd, 2012) at the Ronald Reagan Presidental Foundation in Simmi Valley, California Giorgi Latsabidze performed sets of preludes by Serge Rachmaninoff for the President of Georgia Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili as well as for Georgian community from Los Angeles county and other officials from US. Rachmaninoff preludes perhaps represent a culmination of the Romantic idiom.
The set reflects Rachmaninoff's experience as a virtuoso pianist and master composer, testing the "...technical, tonal, harmonic, rhythmic, lyrical, and percussive capabilities of the piano." Georgian pianist expertly crafted extremely contrasting preludes while demonstrating his technical prowess and wide color palette at the piano. This was a glorious event which will be memorable for everyone who attended the concert.
Dr. Giorgi Latsabidze is an international prize-winning Georgian concert pianist, composer and Doctor of musical arts. Giorgi Latsabidze, born in Tbilisi (Georgia), grew up in a non-musical family, however he started playing the keyboard at the age of three. At 5 he began composing on the piano, and was giving concerts with an orchestra at the age of 10.
Latsabidze won the first-prize in the Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition in France, and a third prize from Ennio Porrino International Competition in Italy. He has also won prizes in the Yehudi Menuhin Federation Competition in Salzburg, and at the Young Artist International Piano Competition in Los Angeles. He is a recipient of numerous prestigious Scholaships and Music awards such as Vladimir Spivakov Award (Moscow virtuosi), the Georgian Presidential Prize, the German Countess Marion Hedda Ilse Gräfin von Dönhoff Trust Award, DAAD the German Academic Exchange Award in 2004, the MTNA Academic Achievement Recognition of Excellence Award, Dr. Dr. Prof. Herbert Batliner Trust Award, USC Keyboard Studies Department Award in 2007 and 2011, the American philanthropist Carol Hogel Music Scholarship, H.S.H. Princess Marie Aglaë of Liechtenstein Award, among others.
His performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto at WUK Kulturhaus was described in the Austrian press as, “…a technically brilliant pianist imbued with a poignant lyricism and genuine profundity. Swiss Volksblatt Press wrote: “Within the romantic repertoire you can with full justification call him a magnificent pianist and a magician of impeccable technique…” England Rhinegold Classical Magazine called his recording of Debussy's Préludes, “...extraordinary imagination and a musical tone rarely heard. ”
Latsabidze recorded 24 Chopin Etudes; as well as 24 Chopin Preludes, Op.28; J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations; 12 Transcendental Etudes of Franz Liszt; 12 preludes by Debussy's Book 2, among others. As a composer, Latsabidze scored the film Waltz-Fantasy and won an award for the score at the Bologna Film Festival in Italy.
Giorgi Latsabidze has presented master classes and concert performances throughout Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, South America and United States. His musical career includes being a concert pianist and collaborative artist, a professor and an international juror. In 2007-2010 served as President to the USC Chapter of the MTNA at the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles. He has taught at the University of Southern California, Azusa Pacific University, and at Glendale Community College in Los Angeles. As of September 1st, 2012, he is a piano professor at Vienna Conservatory of Music in Austria.
Performances of his have been broadcast on radio and television in the USA, Europe, Asia and other countries. Latsabidze was listed in the 65th edition of Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in American Art 2011. Since 2011 he is an honorary member of Pi Kappa Lambda american honor society recognized throughout the world. In 2012, Georgian pianist got invitation from the Pope Benedict XVI. at his residence in Vatican City, Italy.