Acclaimed Georgian pianist Luka Okros makes his Prague debut on February 17th at the Rudolfinum. The London-based artist plays pieces by Schubert, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Liszt.
Luka Okros was born in 1991 (Tbilisi, Georgia), he began his piano studies at the age of 4. At the age of 5 Luka gave his first public performance and at 6 he made his debut with the Tbilisi State Orchestra under Revaz Takidze.
In 1999 aged only 8, Luka played for the leading Russian conductor and violinist Vladimir Spivakov, who immediately offered him a scholarship and later financial support for his move to Russia in 2004. In 2013 Luka Okros graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under the tutelage of Prof. Sergei Dorensky (assistants – Lugansky, Nersesyan, Pisarev). In the same year he was awarded a full scholarship for a Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music in London where he studied piano with Prof. Norma Fisher.
His prizes awarded in international competitions include first prize at the Hannover Chopin International Piano Competition (2017), first prize at the Hong Kong International Piano Competition (2016), first prize at the Morocco Philharmonic International Piano Competition (2016), first prize at the Cergy Pontoise Piano Campus Competition (2015) and the first Iturbi Prize at the Valencia International Piano Competition (2015).
He has also won prestigious awards from the Hattori Foundation, the Tillett Trust, The Talent Unlimited, and the Verbier Festival Piano Award from the Tabor Foundation in Switzerland.
At the age of 18, Luka Okros made his US debut at the Carnegie Hall. He has given concerts in many of the world’s most famous halls, including the Wigmore Hall, the Cadogan Hall and the Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall in London; the Salle Cortot in Paris, the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto and the Palau de la Musica in Valencia and Barcelona. He has also performed in Austria, Barbados, China, Georgia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey and the Ukraine.
Luka Okros has been recorded and broadcasted numerous times on BBC Radio 3, France Musique, Hong Kong Radio 4 and Georgian Radio 1. As a winner of the Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition, Luka was interviewed by Sean Rafferty on the “In Tune” programme of BBC Radio 3, during which he performed pieces by Liszt and Rachmaninov. Luka Okros’s debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Sondergård was broadcast on ClassicFM.
Luka Okros’s CD of works by Schumann was released on DiscAuverS Records and presented in Paris’s Salle Cortot in Autumn 2016. This CD was highly acclaimed by many music lovers and professional musicians, including a “four out of four” in the French magazine «Classica».
In the first half of 2018 the list of Luka’s recitals includes – London (Pushkin House), Budapest (Liszt Academy), Prague (Rudolfinum), Paris (Salle Cortot), Tbilisi (Conservatoire), Valencia (Palau de la Musica), Amsterdam (Het Concertgebouw), Warsaw (Chopin Museum).
For more information, visit the pianist’s website at www.lukaokros.com
With more than 46,000 Instagram followers, he is also very popular on social media www.instagram.com/lukaokros
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