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Romantic Musical Evening with Georgian Pianist Luka Okros at Tbilisi State Conservatoire

Georgian talented pianist Luka Okros gives his recital at the Grand Hall of the Tbilisi State Conservatoire on Friday April 13, 2018 – Tbilisi State Conservatoire. 

Luka has graduated from the London Royal College of Music (2016) and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (2013). He made Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 18, gave recitals at lots of famous venues and by now has performed in more than 30 countries. During the last three years Luka has won eight 1st prizes at international piano competitions. CBW had an interview with a pianist: 

What’s better place to start than from the beginning. When and how did your journey with the piano begin?
Everything started in 1994-1995, at the age of about 3 or 4. We had a piano at home, it was a gift from my grandfather to my mom, when she was a kid.  As it was very common thing to have a piano that time in Georgia. It started like a game for me. But later it become just part of my life. We often had guests and I was performing for them. 
 
Were there any musicians who influenced you early on?
Since childhood I adored Rachmaninov. His music, his personality influenced me a lot through all my life.
There were other musicians, who helped me to find my way, like Vladimir Spivakov – a great Russian violinist and conductor. He took a great role of giving me an opportunity to study in Moscow.
 
On 13th of April You will perform in Tbilisi. How did you choose the programme? What should we know in advance regarding this event?
This going to be a total romantic music evening. For long time, I wanted to do all Chopin ballades. In Georgia there is a very special love to Chopin.
Also I couldn’t miss chance of playing my favourite composer – Rachmaninov. His music is connected a lot to Caucasus and East. He visited Georgia several times and even there is his piano in Tbilisi. So it’s very special for me to bring his music back to Tbilisi as well as early work of Prokofiev – Piano Sonata no.3 which is one of my favourite piano works.
Since last year, I usually present works I perform, so even you don’t know anything about them, I’ll introduce the stories behind composers and their pieces during the recital.
What are you most looking forward to in 2018? What are your future plans?
I’m looking forward to my debut in one of the best halls in the world – the Het Concertgebouw of Amsterdam in June.
Really excited to perform in Chopin’s birthplace in Summer. It’s my first visit to Poland and very special to see, where this genius was born.
I am happy to be back to the Palau de la Musica of Valencia, Hong Kong City Hall and of course to perform in Singapore’s beautiful Victoria Hall.
Also it’s planned a recording of my new CD. So it’s going to be a busy year and I’m very much looking for it.
Can you give some suggestion to young students who are trying to make a career as classical musicians and pianists?
I wish there were any kind of formula for success, I’m afraid there is not. However, hard work, love to what are you doing and good luck are in priority for any profession.
In case of young musicians, I’d suggest to read books, see art exhibitions, go to theatres, ballet and opera, play lots of chamber music with friends, get more life experience.
Think wider, going beyond chosen profession, not be afraid to feel more and go deep. We are poets and artists, we have to speak via music. So make sure you have something to say.