Vispa Villa Sandra Piano Academy


5th Edition 2019

This President Massimo Marenzi announce the 5th edition of the Piano Academy



Maestro George Vatchnadze – director of the school – will select the Faculty and present the event by the middle of March



Soon we give the details and be ready for inscription at the end of March


Mikhail Voskresensky 

“Deep authority and a stunning and reliable technique”

Daniel Cariaga, Los Angeles Times


“George Vatchnadze is one of the freshest and most exiting young pianists to come along in a long, long time”

Patrick Meanor, Listener



George Vatchnadze has appeared with orchestras and in recital throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Netherlands, Finland, Italy, Israel, Russia, Japan, Taiwan, as well as Central and South America. He has performed at the Hollywood Bowl Festival, Ravinia Festival, Stresa Festival, and Rotterdam Philharmonic’s “Philips Gergiev” Festival. He has also been a frequent guest of St. Petersburg’s “White Nights” and “Mikkeli” (Finland) festivals. In 1997 Mr. Vatchnadze made a sensational recital debut at the prestigious Edinburgh International Music Festival and received the “Herald Angel Award” presented by the “Scottish Herald” newspaper. He has appeared on live broadcasts of the Dutch National Radio, BBC and NPR’s “Performance Today”. In 1999 Mr. Vatchnadze made his New York recital debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.  Critic and writer Faubion Bowers wrote in American Record Guide: “Vatchnadze is a consummate artist, now at the height of his musical and intellectual powers. He can do absolutely anything he wants at the piano. He commands delicate pianissimi, massive diapasons and everything in between”.

Mr. Vatchnadze’s engagements have included performances with the marrinsky Orchestra under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda, at the St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater and London’s Covent Garden, as well as appearances at the Salzburg Festival, Maggio Musicale Festival, Stresa Festival, Gilmore Festival, Ravenna Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall and New York’s Miller Theater.


His most recent engagements include appearances at the Marrinsky Piano festival in St. Petersburg, Stravisnky and Shostakovich Festivalsin Washington DC, Woodstock Festival (NY), Stanford Stravinsky Festival, Pacific Symphony Rachmaninoff Festival, SYArts Festival in Taiwan, performances in Japan, Georgia, and others.



Mr. Vatchnadze recorded two CDs with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Jansug Kakhidze featuring Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 and Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand for the Sony and Excelsior Labels. Both recordings were reissued several times and received the highest critical acclaim. He was also part of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony CD recording alongside Alexander Toradze and Paavo Jarvi. Mr. Vatchadze’s new CD is being released this year with the piano music of Gia Kanceli and music for cello and piano of Sulkhan Tsinstadze.




Mr. Vatchnadze studied at Indiana University South Bend, Mannes College of Music, Tbilisi State Conservatory and Tbilisi Central Music School for Gifted Children. Among his teachers were Alexander Toradze, Arkady Aronov, Wanda Shiukashvili and Larissa Bakhtadze. He is a winner of numerous International Piano Competitions including 1994 Gina Bachauer Competition, 1998 Palm Beach invitational Competition, 1996 Alabama competition, and 1997 World Piano Competition.



Currently Mr. Vatchnadze is the Associate Professor at DePaul University School of Music in Chicago. Throughout his teaching carrier, his students have won top prizes at the numerous international competitions and have performed extensively throughout the world.

George Vatchnadze