DUDANA MAZMANISHVILI, pianist
of concert and
recital works by
Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt,
Prokofiev, Schumann and others, Georgian pianist Dudana Mazmanishvili’s lyrical gifts and exceptional virtuosity have won critical acclaim on
stages around the
world. Prizes include the Busoni Competition (Bolzano,
Italy), the August Everding
Prize in Munich, the Dorothy MacKenzie Award at the International Keyboard Festival, and the Nadia Reisenberg Award in
New York City, which resulted in
at Merkin Hall.
Mazmanishvili made her Carnegie Hall debut in a recital at Zankel Hall that critic Harris Goldsmith described as “staggeringly virtuosic and powerful” in the Classical Music Review. In recent seasons, she has played recitals throughout her native Georgia, Germany and the United States. She performed the Schumann Piano Concerto in Austria before beginning a U.S. tour including the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with the New Jersey Symphony
and Music Director Jacques Lacombe, and recitals presented by the Fryderyk Chopin Society in Texas.
She traveled to the U.S. to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and presented a recital at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York.
Mazmanishvili has appeared at Vienna’s Musikverein, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Salle-Cortot in Paris and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. She has performed the Gasteig Philharmonie in Munich with the Bach Collegium, and with the Georgian Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. She was named to “Rising Star” lists in International Piano Magazine and Musical America.
Drawn to music at an early age, Mazmanishvili began piano lessons with her mother, Tamar Apakidze, at the age of three. As her mother nurtured her musical skills, her father, an architect, helped instill in her a love of visual art. Her watercolors and oil paintings have had several public exhibitions in Georgia.
Mazmanishvili continued her studies at the Munich Hochschule with pianist and pedagogue Elisso Virsaladze, and in New York City at the Mannes School of Music with Jerome Rose.
Her debut recital disc of works by Bach, Busoni, Liszt and Rachmaninoff was recorded by the Bavarian Radio for the OEHMS label. She is giving concerts mostly in Europe and the USA, where among others she was invited by the Chopin Society in Texas. Her recital at the famous German Klavierfestival Ruhr, which was broadcast by Deutschlandfunk.
Dudana Mazmanishvili has shared her pianistic career with her mission as a diplomat, promoting the Georgian culture and awakening attention for a place with rich historic roots.
Her newly published CD of works by Schumann for the label Cugate Classics is receiving widespread critical acclaim. Last year she gave her debut at the Berliner Philharmonie, perofrming Beethoven Concerto No. 3.
2018-19 she performed at the new Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Berliner Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus Berlin, as well as recitals in Austria, Portugal, Greece and the US.
"Her most memorable qualities were an unflagging lyricism and a limpid sound that made even the most firework-ridden passages sound like an intimate personal confession, never overly sweet or maudlin. She conveyed strength as well, but never unnecessary force. If surprising, hers was still a lovely, fresh performance of the popular work."
- Rachmaninoff Cto. 2, Jacque Lacombe and New Jersey Symphony, The Star-Ledger
"Hearing these works together, one was struck by Ms. Mazmanishvili's gift of making traditional repertoire feel new and making modern repertoire feel rooted. Her Bach was just as vibrant as the premieres, while her Busoni Sonatina made sense more than usual in her intelligent reading."
- Recital, Carnegie Hall, New York Concert Review
"Dudana's magnificently played Liszt group was not only staggeringly virtuosic and powerful; it even captured an expressive and intellectual variety that satisfied emotionally and completely banished any trace of shallow display. The Twelfth Hungarian Rhapsody sparkled with champagne-like panache, charisma and nuance."
- Merkin Hall Recital, Harris Goldsmith for the New York Classical Review