Alexander Toradze was born in Tbilisi in 1952 to the family of composer David Toradze and film actress Liana Asatiani. In 1977 he graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, where he was mentored by Yakov Zak, Boris Zemlyansky and Lev Naumov. That same year he won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In 1983 he emigrated to the USA, and from 1991 to 2017 he was a professor at Indiana University South Bend, where he founded the Toradze Piano Studio.
The musician appears with the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, the Orchestre National de France, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic among numerous other ensembles. Regularly appears at the festivals Stars of the White Nights (St Petersburg), BBC Proms (London), Ravinia (Highland Park, USA) and festivals in Salzburg, Edinburgh, Rotterdam, Mikkeli and Saratoga.
Alexander Toradze has recorded piano concerti by Shostakovich with the hr-Sinfonieorchester under Paavo Järvi (the Pan label) and piano concerti by Prokofiev with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev (Philips), as well as discs featuring works by Musorgsky, Stravinsky, Ravel and Prokofiev (Angel/EMI). Musicians from Toradze’s studio tour successfully in the USA, Austria, Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Portugal and France.
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