Giorgi Gigashvili is a Georgian pianist who at the age of only twenty-two is already hitting the headlines: now a pupil of Nelson Goerner, he is a protégé of Martha Argerich.
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 2000, Giorgi Gigashvili studied the piano without ever thinking about a professional career as a pianist. He is passionate about the folksongs of his country, which he likes to arrange and sing. He even participated in the Georgian The Voice and won the competition at the age of thirteen! However, he continued his musical training at the Paliashvili Central Music School for Gifted Children and entered the Tbilisi State Conservatory in the class of Revaz Tavadze. At that time, as is still the case today, his supreme model and idol was Martha Argerich.
Giorgi’s pianistic career took a decisive turn in April 2019 when he won First Prize at the III International Piano Competition "City of Vigo", with Martha as president of the jury and Nelson Freire at her side. A few months later, Giorgi won Third Prize and the Audience Prize at the Sixty-Second Busoni Competition. In 2023 Giorgi took the second prize at the 17th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition and was named on Classic FM's Rising Stars list of 30 sensational musicians performing in 2023. Other successes include: the Hortense Anda-Bührle Special Prize at the Fifteenth Géza Anda Piano Competition and First Prize and the Audience Prize at the KlavierOlymp in Bad Kissingen.
Since September 2021, Giorgi has studied with Nelson Goerner in Geneva. He is supported by the Lisa Batiashvili Foundation and the Géza Anda Foundation. In the 2022/23 season he is a Classeek Ambassador Programme artist. He is supported by Bayer Kultur’s stARTacademy. Alongside his career as a classical pianist, he has created with his friends an electronic and experimental music group, Tsduneba, which means ‘temptation’ in Georgian. During the pandemic he began to write electronic music and songs that became very popular.