LIANA GOURJIA, violinist
Liana Gourdjia was introduced to the violin at the age of four by her grandmother. Her debut as a soloist with an orchestra was at the age of nine. At the age of six, she appeared on Moscow television as a rising star and has since performed concertos and recitals in many prestigious venues throughout Russia including the Great Hall and the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and the Philharmonic Hall in Saint Petersburg.
She became a laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Artists in Sendai in Japan at the age of fourteen and subsequently appeared numerous times on television and radio programmes dedicated to presenting young stars in Russia and Europe.
Liana Gourdjia began her studies at the Central Music School at the Moscow State Conservatory in the class of Iryna Bochkova and then Maya Glezarova. Upon graduating with distinction, she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music with professors David and Linda Cerone. She received an Artist Diploma from the Indiana University, Bloomington, studying in the class of Jaime Laredo and the chamber music classes of Menahem Pressler and Janos Starker.
Liana Gourdjia is winner of the Tibor Varga Sion-Valais International Competition and has also won prizes in numerous International Competitions. She was awarded a Residency with the Montgomery Symphony in the U.S., where she served as a soloist, concertmaster and recitalist.
As a laureate of the New Names and Vladimir Spivakov Foundations in Moscow, she also made recordings in Russia. She has soloed with numerous orchestras in Europe, Russia and the U.S. under conductors such as François-Xavier Roth, James Gaffigan, Sergei Stadler and Shlomo Mintz.
Liana Gourdjia was invited to festivals including The Marlboro Music Festival, Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo, Musique de Chambre de Lyon, the 92/Y in New York, Campos do Jordão in Brazil, International Music Festival in Colmar. As an active chamber musician, she has collaborated with renowned artists including e.g. Jaime Laredo, Alexander Melnikov, Richard Goode, Lawrence Power, and François-Fréderic Guy.
A proponent of contemporary music, she is a member of Paris-based Ensemble Variances with whom she is regularly on tour in Europe and the U. S. Liana Gourdjia is a professor at Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.