The Second Tbilisi International Piano Competition Announces Prize Winners - Laureates are from Azerbaijan, Russia, Australia and Japan

Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia – The Second Tbilisi International Piano Competition, held between 7-20 October, 2001 in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, has announced its list of  distinguished prizewinners. Pianists from 15 countries were invited to Tbilisi to perform in the four rounds of the competition which were presented at the Great Hall of the Tbilisi State Conservatoire and the Tbilisi Music Center.

21 contestants, representatives of eight countries, were admitted to the Second Round of the Competition, with 12 contestants, representatives of six countries, participating in the Third Round. Internationally renowned Georgian pianist Eliso Virsaladze gave a master class on Sunday, 14 October.

Six contestants performed concertos with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Vakhtang Jordania in the Fourth and Final Round of the Competition.

No Grand Prix was awarded in this year’s competition.

Prizewinners of the Competition were:

2nd Prize of US $7,000  - Murad Adigezalzade of Azerbaijan

Two 3rd Prizes of US $5,000 each  -  Jacob Katsnelson of Russia - who also received the award for Best Performance of a Classical Sonata in the Second Round and Daniel Hill of Australia, who also recieved awards for Artistic Aptitude and Best Performance in the Semifinal Round.

4th Prize of US$ 4,000  - Tanja Chernichka of Russia

5th Prize of US $3,000 to Maki Sekiya of Japan

 6th Prize of US $2,000 to Maria Massytcheva  of Russia

Additional awards included US $500 to Alexander  Jakobidze-Guitman  from Russia for the best performance of a Georgian composer’s work, Nodar Mamisashvili’s “Scherzo barbaro”, by a foreign participant and a US $500 Audience Favorite award to Viatcheslav Griaznov of Russia. Two awards of US $500 each,  the Alexandre Nizharadze Prize to the best Georgian performers of the Competition, were given to Nino Gvetadze and Ketevan Sepashvili. For more information about these and the other competition prizes, please visit

All awards were given at the Tbilisi Music Center at a gala closing ceremony and concert on October 20. The major prizewinner’s concert engagements were announced at the Closing Ceremony of the Competition and include concerts in Kutaisi and Batumi, Georgia, on 22-23 October.

 The Tbilisi International Piano Competition, under the patronage of Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze and General Director and its Founder Manana Doidjashvili, was founded in 1997 by the Georgian Music Competitions Fund and is held every four years. For more information about the competition and its requirements please visit the web site:

 The international jury came from Georgia – Chair Manana Doidjashvili, Tengiz Amiredjibi, Edisher Rusishvili, France – Gerard Fremy, Russia- Stanislav Igolinsky, Poland – Andrzej Jasinski, Great Britain- Piers Lane, Italy – Dario De Rosa , Israel – Pnina Salzman, United States – Mark Malkovich, III and Latvia – Arnis Zandmanis.

 The major sponsor of the competition was the Gogi Topadze Fund.  Other sponsors were British Petroleum, the Georgian International Oil Corporation, Airzena Georgian Air Lines Company, Georgian Pipeline Company, The Railway Department of Georgia, The Intellect Bank, The Bank of Georgia and The Hotel Tbilisi.

 The Competition received 98 entries from 21 countries including  Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, Germany, Israel, Australia, Brazil, Switzerland, Japan, Turkmenistan, Vietnam, Ukraine, Yugoslavia, USA, Poland, China, Latvia, Canada, Kazakhstan. The final list of participants was greatly reduced because of recent international events and transport problems.

 The Directorate of the Competition is Manana Doidjshvili- Founder and General Director; Ia Khurtsidze, Deputy General Director; Tamar Chikovani, executive secretary; Nana Strazhevskaya, secretary–referent,  Tamar Kurdashvili - translator-referent and Marina Kavtaradze- press –secretary.

 For more information about The Second Tbilisi International Piano Competition, visit their website at The Directorate can be contacted at  92 24 46 / 92 24 47; 92 0176. The Press Center can be reached at 98 71 84, or by email at



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