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The Giorgi Mikadze Quartet


Giorgi Mikadze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia and began playing piano at the age of five. His outstanding musical talents were discovered when he was just two years old. The first time Giorgi performed piano concerto with the symphony orchestra was when he turned 12. Together with performing, he absorbed classical music studies and began composing at the age of 14. While attending high school, Giorgi discovered jazz and quickly fell in love with it.

In 2006, Mikadze entered V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire. After founding a quartet, his career took off. He performed at various jazz festivals including: Bean Town Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Kavkaz Jazz Festival, 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, on 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, He was a musical director for Berklee’s tribute to Quincy Jones and a Berklee Commencement Concert. He has also played in jazz settings with renowned artists such as: Roy Hargrove, Meshell Ndegeocello, Tia Fuller, Patti Austin, Jojo Mayer, Renee Neufville, Siedah Garrett, Amen Saleem, Phil Wilson, David Fiuczynski and Mulatu Astatke.

Giorgi was selected for the highly competitive Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center where he performed for three nights. He has won prizes in many national and international competitions and was awarded a full-tuition scholarship at the International Festival-Institute in Round Top, Texas. Giorgi has also won scholarships from the president of Georgia, Eteri Andjapharidze, Giya Kancheli, and former Berklee professor Emmanuel Zambelli.

Giorgi graduated from Berklee in May 2014, and has been accepted at Manhattan School of Music with a full tuition scholarship for their Master’s program.

Watch Past Performances

Video 8/9/2014: The Giorgi Mikadze Quartet

The Kennedy Center Jazz Ahead piano alum from Tbilisi, Georgia leads a group of fellow Berklee graduates in a performance that would make Dr. Billy Taylor proud.

The Giorgi Mikadze Quartet