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Alexander Toradze (born 1952) is a famous Georgian pianist. He was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. He graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, and eventually became a professor there. Toradze permanently moved to the USA in 1983. 1952 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... View of Tiflis from the Grounds of Saint David Church, ca. ...


The pianist, who is skilled in the art of romantic music, namely that of Russian composers such as Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky has recorded for the Phillips and Angel/EMI record labels. Most notably is his recording of Prokofiev's five piano concertos with Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra for the Phillips record label. Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff, also Sergey Rachmaninov or Serge Rakhmaninov (Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов), (April 1, 1873 – March 28, 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. ... Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (Серге́й Серге́евич Проко́фьев) (April 271, 1891 – March 5, 1953) was one of the Soviet Unions greatest composers. ... Igor Fyodorovitch Stravinsky () (June 17, 1882 – April 6, 1971) was a composer of modern classical music. ... Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russian Пётр Ильи́ч Чайко́вский, sometimes transliterated as Piotr, Anglicised as Peter Ilich), (May 7, 1840 – November 6, 1893 (N.S.); April 25, 1840 – October 25, 1893 (O.S.)) was a Russian composer of the Romantic era. ... A piano concerto is a concerto for solo piano and orchestra. ... Valery Gergiev Valery Gergiev (born 1953) is a Russian conductor associated with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera and the Mariinski Theatre. ...


In 1991, Toradze became the Martin endowed professor of piano at Indiana University South Bend. There, his students, as part of the Toradze multi-national piano studio have received high praise for their contributions to the piano world. 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Indiana University South Bend is the third largest campus of the Indiana University system. ...


Toradze has performed with virtually ever major orchestra in the United Stated and is also famous for his praying before he performs. When asked in a radio interview with renowned classical radio host, Bruce Duffie, about what advice he could give to aspiring concert pianists, Toradze replied, "...Don't forget to pray to God before each performance and don't forget to give your soul enough air. Believe in the right purpose of art and believe in being human" (interview with Bruce Duffie, 2002).


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Alexander Toradze - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (441 words)
Alexander Toradze (born 1952) is internationally recognized as a masterful piano virtuoso in the grand Romantic tradition.
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Alexander Toradze graduated in 1978 from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.
Toradze, who is skilled in the art of romantic music, namely that of Russian composers such as Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky has recorded for the Phillips and Angel/EMI record labels.
MUSIC: TORADZE ON PIANO - New York Times (480 words)
ALEXANDER TORADZE, the Soviet Georgian pianist, is making his first American appearances since his immigration to the West, playing Prokofiev's Concerto No. 2 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on its current East Coast tour.
Toradze and his accompanying Californians arrived at Avery Fisher Hall last night for the first of the orchestra's two concerts here under Andrew Davis - the second is tonight at Carnegie Hall - and the Prokofiev proved as muscularly thrilling as one could hope for.
Toradze's playing was his seemingly effortless control, his almost boyishly masculine pleasure in mastering the music's thorniness, and the innocent musicality of his virtuosity.
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