Liana Isakadze

A native of Georgia, Liana Isakadze began her musical studies at age 3. At age 7, she became a pupil of the Special Music School for Gifted Children in Tbilisi, and three years later she was invited to take part in the International Festival-Competition in  Moscow in the jury of which David Oistrakh presided.

At age 14, under a special permission, she was allowed to participate in the All-Union Competition where she won the second prize. Two years later, Liana Isakadze entered the Moscow Conservatoire to continue her studies with David Oistrakh, and upon graduation, she became his assistant.

In 1965, Liana Isakadze won the first prize and the Grand Prix at the Marguerite Long – Jacques Thibaud International Competition in Paris. In 1970, she was awarded the third prize at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow and the first prize at the Jean Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki.

In the USSR, Liana Isakadze was awarded a range of honorary titles, and in 1988 she became the youngest musician for all history of the Soviet Union to receive the title

People’s Artist of the USSR.

From 1981 to 1996 she was Artistic Director and conductor of the Georgian State Chamber Orchestra. In 1990, protesting against events in Tbilisi, she moved to Germany together with the orchestra.

Liana Isakadze is founder of famous music festivals, such as Night Serenades (Pitsunda), Musicians Have Fun (Moscow), Chamber Music Festival (Eikhstädt), Festival of Arts (Borjomy). She tours extensively as a soloist, conductor and a member of chamber ensembles, and has released more than a hundred of records and CDs. She is also a frequent juror for many prestigious music competitions. In 2003, in St. Petersburg took place the Liana Isakadze International Violin Competition.

A Honorary Citizen of Georgia, Liana Isakadze has numerous state honours. At present she resides in Paris and Grasse (France).