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. Playing the music seemed to come effortlessly to him and by the time he was 12, he was performing piano concertos with symphonies in his native Tbilisi, Georgia. Giorgiabsorbedhisclassicalmusicstudiesandbegancomposingat14.Inhighschool,hebecame more fascinated with Jazz, after discovering Errol Garner, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock. He has won numerous classical piano competitions and has received awards in many different countries. 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: Newport Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Tbilisi Jazz Festival, Young Euro Classic, Bean Town Jazz Festival, Kavkaz Jazz Festival, Black Sea Jazz Festival, “Autumn Tbilisi” Festival, and Berklee's high school jazz festival. He recently finished American concert tour with Lee Ritenour and recorded 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.
Currently, Giorgi is directing his project VOISA which is fulfilled together with his all-star band and ensemble BASIANI which has an enormous experience performing old and historic Georgian songs and chants. The Project represents the transformation of traditional Georgian culture in the midst of globalization and represents a cultural dialogue – combining Georgian folk music, jazz, funk, fusion, hip- hop, R&B, electric-acoustic music and micro-tonal directions. It is an unprecedented musical product that caters to a wide range of musical tastes.
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. Giorgi was a musical director for Berklee’s tribute to Quincy Jones and a Berklee Commencement Concert. He has played together with number of renowned artists, including: Jack DeJohnette, Roy Hargrove, Dave Liebman, Lee Ritenour, Meshell Ndegeocello, Chris Potter, Matt Garrison, Nils Landgren, Tia Fuller, Patti Austin, Jojo Mayer, David Fiuczynski, Brett Dennen, Siedah Garrett, Stefon Harris, Melwin Davis, Tom Kennedy, Phil Wilson and Mulatu Astatke.
Giorgi won prizes in many national and international competitions and was awarded a full - tuition 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, Emmanuel Zambelli and 18th street arts center.
Giorgi graduated from Berklee in May 2014, and holds Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music. In summer of 2017, he was invited as a visiting professor at Berklee College of Music where he was teaching 7 different courses that included jazz ensembles, theory, ear training, and private piano lessons. With his groups, Mikadze plays a repertoire that includes his genre-hopping compositions and clearly shows how he’s become in-demand as a sideman and musical director.
Currently Giorgi is on world-tour as a keyboardist and arranger for Wang Leehom's "Descendenats of Drangon 2060"
Giorgi Mikadze - piano
Ben Shepherd - bass
Dan Schnelle - drums