|Charity Concert to Benefit Georgian Orthodox Church|
|September 26, 2009|
Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman
The charity concert to benefit Georgian Orthodox Church in New York was held on September 23, 2009 in the Merkin Hall by the initiatives of Georgian diaspora in the North Eastern States, Georgian Representation to the United Nations, Georgian Consulate General in New York, Georgian Embassy to the USA, Mexico and Canada, Ministry of Culture and Sport of Georgia and Administration of President of Georgia.
Performers were presented by Nino Kandareli, Georgian Consulate General in New York. After the concert welcoming speeches were made Batu Kutelia, Ambassador of Georgia to the USA, Mexico and Canada, His Holiness Father Dimitry, Mitropolit of Batumi, Lazeti, and Governor of North American Georgian clergy and Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia.
David Aladashvili - piano
Sofia NIzharadze - vocal
Natalia Kazaryan - piano
Beka Gochiashvili – piano
David Aladashvili – piano
About the Artists
David Alashvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1990. He has won several international and national piano competitions including the 2006 Nikolai Ribunstein Piano Competition in Paris, France, the 2005 Vladimir Spivakov Piano Festival in Moscow, Russia, and both the 2004 Young Pianists Competition and the 2003 International Piano Festival in Tbilisi, Georgia. A student at The Juilliard School, David began his Bachelor’s degree program in 2008
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Sofia Nizharadze graduated with honors from a musical academy, and Academy Gnesinih. At age 11, she was chosen by the famous French journalist Bernard Pivot to take part in his telecast on TV5 Paris, where she performed the well-known French song Douce France. At 17, Sofia was a winner of several international competitions for young singers including the “Bravo, Bravissimo!” competition in Mini La Scala (Italy) and the “Crystal Note” (Moscow, Russia).
Natalia Kazaryan was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1987. She made her orchestral debut at the age of seven with the Tbilisi State Chamber Orchestra. In 2002 she moved to the United States and began working with professor Logan Skelton at the University of Michigan. In the fall of 2005, Ms. Kazaryan began her Bachelor of Music degree studies at The Juilliard School and was accepted into the Master of Music Program at Juilliard in 2009.
Beka Gochiashvili was born in 1996. He displayed musical talent when he was 2-years-old and at age 4 he played several compositions on the piano. In 2002 Beka entered a music school headed by Tengiz Chitaishvili. He has participated in several competitions and music festivals and has also been awarded numerous diplomas. Since the age of nine, Beka has continued his jazz studies under the direction of Zurab Ramishvili. In 2007 he participated in a jazz festival in Latvia together with well-known musicians Lenny White and Victor Bailey. In June 2009, Beka became the youngest winner ever of the Montreux Jazz Piano Festival. He studies at the pre-college division of The Juiliard School.
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