Born in 2010 in Perm, Russia, Lev started playing the piano at the age of 6. Having begun his music training at Perm Boy's Capella, in September 2020 he moved with his parents to Moscow and enrolled at the Gnessin State Musical College (class of Boris Berezovsky).
Lev has been a prize-winner and winner of the Grand Prix of various international competitions, among them: Moscow, 2019, International competition "Romanticism: Origins and Horizons" Gnessin Academy of Music, 1st prize winner; Moscow, 2020, All-Russian open competition named after L.N. Oborin, 1st prize winner; Yekaterinburg, 2019, International Competition. S. Prokofiev, Grand Prix.
Lev was a regular participant in concerts and musical programs of the Perm Regional Philharmonic Society, has repeatedly performed solo not only on the piano, but also on the organ and harpsichord. In February 2020 and 2021, he took part in the International Music Academy as part of the XIII, XIV Winter International Yuri Bashmet Art Festivals in Sochi, where he has attended master classes by David Lively (US). Lev twice was a participant in the International Festival "Moscow Meets Friends" of the V.Spivakov International Charite Foundation.
The young pianist performed with the Symphony Orchestra of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theater conducted by Pyotr Belyakin. In April 2021 he made his debut on the renowned stage of the Great Hall of the Moscow |State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Great Hall of the D.Shostakovich St.Petersburg Academic Philharmonia. Lev is a scholar of the Yuri Rozum International Charitable Foundation. In his free time, young pianist like to draw and play chess.
Tsotne Zedgenidze was born into a family of musicians. His great-grandfather Niko Sulkhanishvili is considered to be one of the greatest Georgian composers of all times. Moreover, Tsotne is a descendent of Anastasia Abdushelishvili-Virsaladze, who was a famous Professor (among others, her students were Lev Vlasenko, Elisso Virsaladze and Dimitry Bashkirov).
Tsotne showed great interest in music from his early childhood. He showed great enthusiasm for operas, ballets, instrumental and vocal music, already at the age of two he could distinguish and name many different musical instruments. He began piano lessons at five, studying with his grandmother Professor Nino Mamradze. His progress was remarkable: while still only six he had covered basic piano repertoire and was starting to study sonatas by Clementi, Scarlatti, Mozart and Beethoven, two- and three-part inventions by Bach and pieces by Grieg, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt and Prokofiev. His extraordinary sight-reading ability meant that he could play many of these works accurately at first viewing. At the same age he became interested in opera and started listening avidly to Italian operas and also those of Wagner and Strauss.
Also at six, Tsotne started composing and he became increasingly interested in music of the 20th and 21st centuries. He advanced his study of opera by playing on the piano the vocal scores of operas including "Lulu" (Berg), ‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk’ (Shostakovich) and "Duke Bluebeard’s Castle" (Bartok). Always self-taught as a composer, he developed and personalized his composing style through musical experiments and a search for new compositional techniques. His interest in opera continues and he watches keenly the productions from leading opera houses of works by Bartok, Janacek, Adès, Berg, Zimmermann, Benjamin, Grey, Hosokawa and other contemporary composers.
Tsotne gave his first public piano recital on 14 June 2019 in Tbilisi, where he performed music by Berg (the sonata Op. 1), Bach, Shostakovich and Janacek, alongside a selection of his own compositions. The recital was very well received by an audience including senior figures in the Georgian musical world, many of whom commented on the depth of Tsotne’s understanding of musical form, style and dramaturgy. In September he was invited to give a recital at the Telavi International Music Festival organized by Eliso Virsaladze, his program included pieces by Shostakovich and Schönberg. Tsotne also was invited to participate in season opening concert of the Georgian National Philharmonic Orchestra, dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the convention on the rights of the child. He performed 2nd piano concerto by Shostakovich and his own compositions. On 28 December Tsotne gave a solo recital at the Grand Hall of the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, where he performed music by Ligeti, Bartok and Schönberg, alongside a selection of his own compositions. The recital was organized by charity foundation "Iavnana", established by Paata Burchuladze and was a big success. Afterwards, Tsotne recieved invitations to participate in festivals and give recitals in Germany and France, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, all events were canceled.
On 14th of June 2020, Tsotne premiered his new piano piece "the Bells", composed during the quarantine and dedicated to the memory of his mother, Irene Sulkhanishvili. Despite the online format, the concert was very successful and was attended by various leading musicians from Georgia, Europe, USA.
Tsotne continues studying under the guidance of his grandmother, Nina Mamradze. Furthermore, he has received several online lessons from the Professor of piano at the Paris Alfred Cortot Music School Rena Shereshevskaya.
In December 2020 Tsotne traveled to Berlin, Germany and received masterclasses from Maestro Daniel Barenboim and from Professor of composition at the Barenboim-Said Academy - Jörg Widmann.
Composer Giya Kancheli has said, "Phenomenal musicians like Tsotne are born once in a century". Eliso Virsaladze commented, "In all my life I have never met anyone quite as remarkable as this child".
Né en 2010, Alexander entre à l’École de Musique 21 de Kiev à l'âge de 5 ans où il commence à travailler le piano avec la professeure Halyna Kotsiuba. Il participe à ses premiers concours de piano dès l’âge de six ans. En 2017, il reçoit la bourse d’études artistiques de de la ville de Kiev ainsi qu’en 2018 et 2021. Alexander est également boursier de la Fondation présidentielle Leonid Koutchma « Ukraine ».
Il a déjà à son actif un nombre impressionnant de prix : 1er Prix absolu du Concours international de piano « Piano Talents » en 2016 à Milan (Italie) ; 1er Prix du XIIIe Concours international de piano Vladimir Kraïnev en 2018 à Kharkiv (Ukraine) ; 1er Prix du XIIe Concours international de piano à la mémoire de Vladimir Horowitz, catégorie « Horowitz Début », en 2018 à Kiev (Ukraine) ; 1er Prix du 51e Concours international de piano « Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte », en 2018 à Ùsti nad Labem, République tchèque ; 1er Prix du Concours international de piano « Merci, Maestro ! » en 2019 à Bruxelles (Belgique) ; 1er Prix du Concours de piano en ligne pour la Jeunesse en Europe « EUPLAYY », en 2020 à Munich (Allemagne) ; 1er Prix du Concours international de piano « #StayHome » en 2020 ; 1er Prix du Concours international de Piano Val de Travers Neuchâtel (Suisse) en 2021 (en ligne) ; et 1er Prix du Concours de piano « Euregio » de Geilenkirchen (Allemagne) en 2021 (en ligne).
Quelques concerts auxquels Oleksander a participé : « Wunderkinder al pianoforte » dans le cadre du Festival Alto Adige, à Dobbiaco (Italie) en 2017 et 2019 ; « Ukrainian Young Talents » à la Steinway Piano Gallery et « Small Stars in Royal Palace » à Stockholm (Suède) en 2018 ; « Young future stars » à la Steinway Piano Gallery dans le cadre du Festival Ukrainien de musique « Rethinking Europe : Ukraine II » à Stockholm (Suède) en 2018 ; et « Magia del Natale al Teatro Antonion Belloni » à Barlassina, (Italie) en 2019.