Berklee Summer in the CityGiorgi Mikadze
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Giorgi Mikadze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, and began playing piano at the age of 5 and performed a piano concerto with a symphony orchestra for the first time when he was 12. Mikadze absorbed his classical music studies and began composing at age 14. While attending high school, he discovered Oscar Peterson and quickly fell in love with jazz.
In 2006, Mikadze entered V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire. After founding a quartet, his career took off. He has performed at various jazz festivals including Modern Music Evenings, Art-Gene, the Kavkaz Jazz Festival, the Black Sea Jazz Festival, and Berklee's High School Jazz Festival.
Mikadze graduated from V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire in 2010, after which he entered Berklee College of Music, earning a full-tuition scholarship.
Noted for his skills as a pianist and composer in all styles, Mikadze has performed with the Tbilisi and Berklee Symphony Orchestras, composed for plays at the Rustaveli National Theatre in Georgia (including Biedermann and the Fire Raisers), and was musical director for Berklee’s tribute to Qunicy Jones. He has also played in jazz settings with renowned artists such as Roy Hargrove and Patti Austin.
Mikadze was recently selected for the highly competitive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center (directed by Jason Moran), where he performed for three nights. He has also won prizes in many international competitions.