November 15, 2010
The Georgian-American pianist Giorgi Latsabidze was born in Tbilisi in 1978. He graduated from the Tbilisi State Conservatory and then continued his post-graduate work at the Hannover Hochschule with Gerrit Zitterbart and the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Klaus Kaufmann. He also studied with Lazar Berman in Florence, Italy. In 2005 Latsabidze moved to the US and continued his studies at the University of Southern California with Stewart Gordon. Latsabidze maintains an ambitious performance schedule, appearing in master classes and concert performances throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and more recently, in the United States. In 2005 K-TV Austria produced a DVD about Giorgi Latsabidze (Portrait and Recital in Steinway Hall in Salzburg, Austria). In addition to playing recitals, Latsabidze collaborates with many musicians, including the soprano Su Xiaobo and mezzo-soprano Callie Hoffman, whom we’ll hear in the playlist.
We’ll begin with Franz Liszt’s Transcendental Etude No. 10 in f minor, followed by Chopin’s Polonaise in A flat Major, Op. 53. Then we’ll hear Claude Debussy’s Feuilles Mortes from Book II of Préludes. Also by Debussy is the song Le rossignol qui, du haut d'une branche, performed by the soprano Su Xiaobo. We conclude with the Robert Schumann’s Seit ich ihn gesehen habe, from the cycle Frauenliebe und -leben, sung by the mezzo Callie Hoffman. Both songs are sensitively accompanied by Mr. Latsabidze. To listen to the playlist, click here.
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