Featured Artist Spotlight

Vakhtang Kodanashvili

President's Piano Series

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The native of Tbilisi, Georgia, Vakhtang Kodanashvili began his musical education at The Georgian Special School of Music, studying under Marina Gelashvili and had his orchestral debut at the age of nine. While in school he actively performed in numerous recitals in the former Soviet Union, as a soloist with national orchestras, and in performances on national television and radio.

In 1995, Mr. Kodanashvili joined The Alexander Toradze Piano Studio at Indiana University South Bend. Throughout his studies, he received numerous special awards for his exceptional achievements. He recently graduated from Indiana University with Master of Music degree. Since becoming a student of Alexander Toradze, Vakhtang constantly appeared in the studio concerts in the United States as well as all around the world. He has performed within such prestigious music festivals as Hollywood Bowl, Edinburgh, Ruhr, Stresa, Ravenna, Rotterdam, Salzburg, Gilmore Festivals among many others.

He has appeared with IUSB Philharmonic, South Bend, Elkhart, La Porte, Springfield (Missouri), World Piano Festival, Spokane and Tbilisi Symphony orchestras, under the baton of Michael Esselstrom, Tsung Yeh, Philip Bauman, Gunther Schuller, Vakhtang Kakhidze and others.

In 2001, Vakhtang Kodanashvili made a New York City debut recital at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. This was a result of his victory at The World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Kodanashvili is also a first prize winner of The Hellam Young Artist Competition in Springfield, Missouri, The Nena Wideman Piano Competition in Shreveport, Louisiana, and The Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition in Radford, Virginia.