In performances of concert and recital works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Prokofiev, Schumann and others, Georgian pianist Dudana Mazmanishvili’s lyrical gifts and exceptional virtuosity have won critical acclaim on stages around the world. Prizes include the Busoni Competition (Bolzano, Italy), the August Everding Prize in Munich, the Dorothy MacKenzie Award at the International Keyboard Festival, and the Nadia Reisenberg Award in New York City, which resulted in Mazmanishvili ‘s New York City recital debut at Merkin Hall.
In 2006, Mazmanishvili made her Carnegie Hall debut in a recital at Zankel Hall that critic Harris Goldsmith described as “staggeringly virtuosic and powerful” in the Classical Music Review. In recent seasons, she has played recitals throughout her native Georgia, Germany and the United States. She performed the Schumann Piano Concerto in Austria before beginning a U.S. tour including the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with the New Jersey Symphony
and Music Director Jacques Lacombe, and recitals presented by the Fryderyk Chopin Society in Texas.
Earlier in 2013, she traveled to the U.S. to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and presented a recital at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York.
Mazmanishvili has appeared at Vienna’s Musikverein , the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Salle-Cortot in Paris and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. She has performed the Gasteig Philharmonie in Munich with the Bach Collegium, and with the Georgian Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. She was named to “Rising Star” lists in International Piano Magazine and Musical America.
Drawn to music at an early age, Mazmanishvili began piano lessons with her mother, Tamar Apakidze, at the age of three. As her mother nurtured her musical skills, her father, an architect, helped instill in her a love of visual art. Her watercolors and oil paintings have had several public exhibitions in Georgia.
Mazmanishvili continued her studies at the Munich Hochschule with pianist and pedagogue Elisso Virsaladze, and in New York City at the Mannes School of Music with Jerome Rose.
Her debut recital disc of works by Bach, Busoni, Liszt and Rachmaninoff was recorded by the Bavarian Radio for the OEHMS label. She is giving concerts mostly in Europe and the USA, where among others she was invited by the Chopin Society in Texas. 1915 she gave a recital at the famous German Klavierfestival Ruhr, which was broadcast by Deutschlandfunk.
Dudana Mazmanishvili is sharing her pianistic career with her mission as cultural attachée at the Georgian Embassy in Berlin, promoting the Georgian culture and awakening attention for a place with rich historic roots.
Her newly published CD of works by Schumann for the label Cugate Classics is receiving widespread critical acclaim. Last year she gave her debut at the Berliner Philharmonie, perofrming Beethoven Concerto No. 3.
For the 2018 season, she is scheduled to perform at the new Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Berliner Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus Berlin, as well as recitals in Portugal, Greece and the US.
"Hearing these works together, one was struck by Ms. Mazmanishvili's gift of making traditional repertoire feel new and making modern repertoire feel rooted. Her Bach was just as vibrant as the premieres, while her Busoni Sonatina made sense more than usual in her intelligent reading."
New York Concert Review
"Dudana's magnificently played Liszt group was not only staggeringly virtuosic and powerful; it even captured an expressive and intellectual variety that satisfied emotionally and completely banished any trace of shallow display. The Twelfth Hungarian Rhapsody sparkled with champagne-like panache, charisma and nuance."
Harris Goldsmith for the New York Classical Review