Berklee Summer in the CityGiorgi Mikadze Trio

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Saturday / August 9, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW

Giorgi Mikadze and his group will perform both original and famous pop tune arrangements mixed with different genres, such as Georgian folk, jazz, and fusion.

Mikadze began playing piano at age 5 and performed a piano concerto with a symphony orchestra by age 12. Hailing from Tbilisi, Georgia, Mikadze started composing music at 14 and, after discovering the music of Oscar Peterson, quickly fell in love with jazz.

After graduating from the V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Mikadze earned a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he has become known for his skill as a pianist and a composer adept at many styles. He was recently selected for the competitive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., where he performed for three nights.

Mikadze has also performed with the Tbilisi and Berklee symphony orchestras. He served as musical director for Berklee’s tribute to Quincy Jones and has composed for plays at the Rustaveli National Theatre in Georgia. He has played jazz with renowned artists such as Roy Hargrove, Patti Austin, and Justin DiCioccio, among others, and he has received awards at international piano competitions in Georgia, Ukraine, and the United States.