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Signature Series: George Oakley and Inga Kashakashvili

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Pianist Inga Kashakashvili will present "Circle of Waltzes,” a collection of 20 waltzes from the classical repertoire. The performance will also feature original works by composer George Oakley.

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Georgian pianist Inga Kashakashvili is “a fine example of a world class performer at the top of her game” (reviewyou.com) and “her touch was liquid...with seemingly limitless color” (New York Concert Review). She has performed at major venues around the world, among them Carnegie Hall (New York), Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York), Le Poisson Rouge, Steinway Hall, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Center, Barbican Centre (London), Tradegar House (Newport, UK), Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Opera House and Tbilisi Center for Music and Culture (Georgia).Ms. Kashakashvili is known for promoting contemporary music. Her recent performances include Grammy-winner composers Robert Aldridge and Richard Danielpour’s compositions. She also premiered an extraordinary composers such as George Oakley's, Christopher Doll's, Nico Muhly's music. In 2014 Ms. Kashakashvili was invited to be part of prestigious contemporary ensemble HELIX. In 2011 she released CD “To My Mother” – “a fantastic interpretation, which showcases the technical facility that Ms. Kashakashvili possesses on the instrument.” (M.Warnock, critic)In 2009 Ms. Kashakashvili was invited by ABT to perform at Metropolitan Opera. In October of 2008, she organized a benefit concert at NY’s Steinway Hall in order to aid refugees in Tbilisi, Georgia. Ms. Kashakashvili is a prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including the Artists International Auditions and the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition in New York, the Newport International Competition for Young Pianists in Wales. International reviewers described her performance as “excellent” (New York Concert Review), “extraordinary imagination” (Axali Gazeti), “piano starlet” (South Wales Argus). Ms. Kashakashvili also participated in various prestigious music festivals, including the United Sounds of America in Chicago, the Piano Summer at New Paltz in New York and Leipzig Music Festival in Germany. Her teachers have included Nino Katamadze, Eteri Andjaparidze, Vladimir Feltsman, and Min Kwon.


A native of Tbilisi, Georgia, George Oakley began playing the piano at the age of eight and took composition lessons at the age of thirteen. After finishing the Z. Paliashvili Gymnazium for Gifted Children. Mr.Oakley continued his studies and earned BM from the V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire. In 2001 he received full scholarship to participate in Piano Summer Festival at New Paltz. That same year Mr. Oakley was the top prizewinner at the Flier International Piano Competition. In 2003, he was invited as a guest artist in the festival United Sounds of America, dedicated to the 9/11 tragedy. In 2005 he graduated from DePaul University in Eteri Andjaparidze's studio.

Mr. Oakley is a featured alumnus of the Steinhardt School at New York University, where he studied film scoring with Ira Newborn and classical composition with Justin Dello Joio. Mr. Oakley's compositions for piano, “Nostalgia & Toccata”, were premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2009; “Argonauts” for piano was premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2008 and was performed by composer. His String Quartet “Dictator”, dedicated to the August war in Georgia, had its premiere at Steinway Hall in 2008 as part of a concert organized for Benefit for Georgia. Mr. Oakley served as a co-producer, composer and music editor for the Georgian-American documentary filmm ” Misha vs. Moscow”. The film was an official selection of the 10th Tbilisi International Film Festival and was premiered at Amirani Cinema. In March 2010 the film was presented at the prestigious Frontline Club in London. “Misha vs. Moscow” was also screened on the Documentary Channel in 2010. The same year Mr. Oakley was commissioned to write cycle of songs for soprano and piano based on Shakespeare's Sonnets. In 2012, Mr. Oakley presented a world premiere concert at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall where his recent work, including a concerto for piano, orchestra and chorus was performed. Currently he is studying with Richard Danielpour.

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