It came as a surprise and it stays surprising till now! To be in the family of Borletti-Buitoni Trust means to be surrounded by people that actually care about you as a musician and respect your choices, people that inspire you and help you realize your dream projects. You just need to stay true to yourself and be creative. I can only express my gratitude for all the support, advice and care that BBT has given me, it's very rare to experience anything like this and I am extremely thankful for being able to say - I am a BBT winner!Nino Gvetadze"
Nino Gvetadze received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2010. This page was last updated in August 2013. For an up to date biography please visit www.ninogvetadze.com
Born and raised in Tbilisi, Nino Gvetadze studied with Veronika Tumanishvili, Nodar Gabunia and Nana Khubutia. After her graduation Nino moved to the Netherlands to study with Paul Komen and Jan Wijn. Nino received various awards, of which the most important were the Second Prize, Press Prize and Audience Award at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition 2008. She received the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2010. Nino Gvetadze has performed with many outstanding conductors such as Michel Plasson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Michel Tabachnik, John Axelrod and Jaap van Zweden and with the Rotterdam, The Hague, Brussels, Seoul and Netherlands Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Rheinische Philharmonie amongst others. Nino has given various recitals all over the world, among those in Hannover, (PRO MUSICA Preisträger am Klavier-Zyklus), Bayreuth, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the Spoleto Festival, Lucerne Piano Festival, Bunka-kaikan Hall Tokyo and at the Festival Piano aux Jacobins (Toulouse). Highlights of the 2013-14 season are recitals in the Concertgebouw Robeco Summer Nights, at the Sendesaal Bremen, and at the Festival Piano aux Jacobins as well as performances of Tchaikovsky's Second Piano Concerto of with the orchestra of St. Gallen, of Mozart with Kammerakademie Potsdam and of Mendelssohn on a tour to Russia with Amsterdam Sinfonietta and many others. Nino has recorded three solo CDs: Piano works by Mussorgsky (Brilliant Classics), Rachmaninov Preludes op 23 and op 32 (Etcetera) and Widmung with Liszt piano works (Orchid Classics). Nino plays on a Steinway Grand Piano, kindly lent to her by the Dutch National Music Instrument Foundation.
Photographs by Sussie Ahlburg
BBT Project: "Widmung" piano music by Franz Liszt CD on Orchid Classics
“…Gvetadze has all the necessary technical equipment to give the big moments their full impact – and thrillingly so; and yet there’s always a sense of a musing, meditative intelligence exploring their layers of meaning in the very act of playing, as if she is spontaneously creating the music under her fingers. Her very wide range of colour, always sensitively and appropriately applied, subtle pedalling and a beautifully intuitive, almost Paderewskian sense of rubato make these no question. But these have a magic of their own.”
Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine November 2011
“Her technique is sublime, but never takes the leading role. This is a pianist with a fantastic tone culture and deep inner poetry.”
Christo Ielie, Trouw newspaper
“Gvetadze plays with a fine balance of delicacy and bravado, and her interpretations are perfectly tailored to the needs of each piece. The variety of Liszt's expressions are matched by her subtle use of color and accentuation, and her touch is remarkably consistent and even, for changing easily from the softest dynamics to the loudest with little apparent effort... this is a worthy contribution to the Liszt celebrations, and Gvetadze's artistic performances deserve serious attention.”
Blair Sanderson, allmusic.com
“Her tone is liquescent and her sprays of pianistic foritura sound effortless, yet she possesses all of the strength that Liszt’s writing requires.”
Stephen Pruslin. International Record Review September 2011
“…it [Gretchen am Spinnrade animation film] is not only charming and atmospheric but is also extremely accurate in conveying her fingers on the keyboard…. This short film constitutes an unexpected visual bonus to a CD that would be very worth acquiring even without it.”
Stephen Pruslin, International Record Review September 2011
Liszt: Ballade No. 2 in B minor
Schumann transcribed Liszt: Liebeslied (Widmung)
Liszt: Sonata in B minor (excerpt)
Nino Gvetadze’s BBT Award realised her dream of not only recording Liszt, but also commissioning a short film in the composer’s bicentennial year, 2011. Graham Johnston’s ethereal animation of Gretchen am Spinnrade is also available on this website here.
Nino Gvetadze piano
Orchid Classics ORC 100017 | www.orchidclassics.com
Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust
GRETCHEN AM SPINNRADENino Gvetadze animates Liszt
Commissioned by Nino Gvetadze and produced by Borletti-Buitoni Trust to accompany her CD release Widmung (Orchid Classics), Graham Johnston’s ethereal animation of Gretchen am Spinnrade evokes the surging emotion and beauty of the music with delicate line drawings that dance across the screen.