Make Jazz Fellow Residency:
January 5 – March 31, 2017
Giorgi Mikadze is Georgian pianist, composer and arranger. Born in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, Giorgi first sat down on the piano bench at the age of five. Trained in both classical music and jazz, Giorgi’s concerts have been broadcast on several radio stations and television in Europe, Asia, and Americas. He has appeared at major festival venues such as the Newport Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Tbilisi Jazz Festival, Bean Town Jazz Festival, Kavkaz Jazz Festival, Black Sea Jazz Festival, “Autumn Tbilisi” Festival, and Berklee’s high school jazz festival. He recently finished an American concert tour with Lee Ritenour and recorded an album with Jack DeJohnette. His current jazz composition work explores the microtonalities of traditional Georgian folk music and reimagines those structures in innovative new musical motifs.
Noted for his supreme technical skills as a pianist and composer, Giorgi has performed with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestras, Berklee Symphony Orchestras and MSM Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also composed for plays at the Rustaveli National Theatre. He has played together with number of renowned artists, including Jack DeJohnette, Roy Hargrove, Dave Liebman, Lee Ritenour, Meshell Ndegeocello, Chris Potter, Matt Garrison, Tia Fuller, Patti Austin, Jojo Mayer, David Fiuczynski, Brett Dennen, Siedah Garrett, Stefon Harris, Melwin Davis, Tom Kennedy, Amen Saleem, Phil Wilson and Mulatu Astatke.
He was selected for the highly competitive Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center, where he performed for three nights. Giorgi has won prizes in many national and international competitions and was awarded a full scholarship at the International Festival-Institute in Round Top, Texas Berklee College of Music and Manhattan School of Music. He has also won scholarships from the president of Georgia, Eteri Andjapharidze, Giya Kancheli, and Emmanuel Zambelli.
Giorgi graduated from Berklee in May 2014, and holds Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music.