Pianist Tamar Shalvashvili is a native of Georgia who has performed worldwide to critical and popular acclaim, despite having been blind since the age of 12. Audiences have been captivated by the beauty of her sound and her depth of musical insight, as well as being inspired by her courage and determination.
As of date, many reviews and articles have been written in popular magazines and newspapers about Tamar as a pianist. Many topics have been made for famous TV programs: “Gala”, “Life is Beautiful”, “Bellisima”, “Chronic” “Good morning Georgia”, “Night show” and others. Tamar has also been broadcasted on Radio shows. Radio “Muza” has aired “Chord” and “Variations of a theme”. Public radio has broadcasted “Midnight streetcar” and others. Furthermore, a documentary film “Tamuna” (Tamar’s nick name), directed by A. Koridze, was shot about her. The film was shown at the competition of young film-directors (Berlin 2003). Also a documentary film “A Beautiful Mind” was directed by Giorgi Janelidze in 2015.
As a soloist musician, Tamar has performed at the Hall of The Tbilisi State Conservatory, Recital Hall of the Tbilisi State Conservatory, Auditorium Conservatory Paris IX, Conservatory Francis Poulenc, (Paris) Auditorium Parco De La Musica (Rome). She has also performed at the Rustaveli Theatre (Tbilisi), Concert Hall “Musa”(Tbilisi), Jahrhunderthalle, Bochum, (Germany) Lublin Philarmonic Hall, (Poland) Theatre Toniolo (Venice), Jordan Hall (Boston), Williams Hall of New England Conservatory and others. Tamar has played as a concerto soloist with the Georgian State Chamber Orchestra “Georgian Simphonoeta”, Conductor- G. Chichinadze, with Symphony Orchestra of Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theatre. Conductor – K. Solomnishvili; with BU Orchestra - conductor G. Farias, with Georgian State Symphony Orchestra , conductor R. Takidze. Tamar is the laureate of regional and international competitions including recognition at the National Republican Competition (Tbilisi, Georgia), J.S. Bach 14th International Competition (Paris, France), Prague International Competition of Musical Performers (for blind or with weak sight) and I. Paderewski 2nd International Competition (Poland), among others. She has been part of many national and international festivals including the Festival of German and Georgian young musician performers (Tbilisi-Stuttgart), the 1st International Festival “Holiday of Art” (Borjomi, Georgia), “Ruhr” International Festival (Germany), the International Festival dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Shostakovich (Italy), and the VI and IX International Festivals “From Easter to Ascension” (Tbilisi, Zugdidi, Georgia). On invitation of Alexander Toradze, a famous pianist, Tamar also took part in series of concert “Scriabin’s Marathon”. Since she was young, Tamar has been in love with music. She sang and played piano works of different composers by ear. This led to her decision to pursue a musical education and at the age of 12, Tamar simultaneously studied at the School of Music. In 1997, Tamar’s professional career began when she entered the College of Music at 15.
Tamar graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory with Bachelor and Master degrees under the guidance of Professor Edisher Rusishvili. She also graduated from the New England Conservatory Graduate Diploma Program in Piano Performance under the guidance of Professor Alexander Korsantia. In addition, Tamar completed the Boston Conservatory Graduate Performance Diploma Program in Piano and Professional Studies Certificate under Max Levinson and has taken master classes with famous
Tamar was the recipient of the President of Georgia Scholarship and the “Kartu” Foundation Scholarship. In 2010, Tamar was awarded SBCF Emerging Artists Grant (USA). In 2013, she was the recipient of the Gladys C. Anderson Memorial scholarship. She was also awarded Grant of Ministry of Education of Georgia and Grant of Patriarch of all Georgia.
Tamar is under way to completion preparing the complete cycle of Scriabin Sonatas for piano, which she will perform and record, which will make her the first blind artist to do it in history.
Tamar has been active in sharing her unique skills and experience and still continues to show her love for music to others especially through teaching.
Tamar is also Founder and President of the “Arpeggio international Foundation” which provides support for visually impaired people in Georgia in order to help them acheive their goals.
“A blind Scriabin pianist is Youtube’s latest sensation” – Norman Lebrecht
There is something mysterious in her playing – she knows something that other don’t……- Discovery – Magazine