November 9, 2009
DALLAS (SMU) — Liudmila Georgievskaya, who is studying for the Artist Certificate in piano at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, won first prize in the 2009 Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition held recently at the College of Notre Dame in Maryland.
Georgievskaya won the top prize in the prestigious Concerto division with a performance of Liszt’s Second Concerto and Ginastera’s Danzas Argentinas. The prize, which was awarded by a panel of internationally distinguished judges, includes a performance as soloist with the Concert Artists of Baltimore, conducted by Edward Polochick, during their 2010-11season.
Approximately 58 contestants from 25 countries competed in the biannual event, which is sponsored by the American Liszt Society. All contestants are required to play a work by Liszt and a work by another American composer.
Liudmila Georgievskaya is a student of Joaquín Achúcarro, the Joel Estes Tate Professor of Piano at the Meadows School. At SMU, she was named winner of the 2009 Concerto Competition and received the Von Mickwitz Prize in piano.
A native of Russia, Georgievskaya graduated in 2001 from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, earning a diploma with honors in piano performance, piano pedagogy, chamber ensemble and accompaniment. That year, she became a soloist with the Moscow Regional Philharmonic Organization, for which she gave numerous recitals in the Moscow region. Since 2004 she has been a soloist of the Moscow International Philharmonic Organization of Classical Music. She also has performed as a recitalist and orchestra soloist in cities throughout Europe and the United States, taken part in piano and music festivals and had her performances broadcast on European radio and television programs.
Georgievskaya has won numerous awards in national and international piano competitions, including the J.S. Bach Piano Competition in Kiev (Ukraine), the International Adilia Alieva Piano Competition in Gaillard (France), and the Twenty-Twenty Music Competition at Hartford University (U.S.). In Italy she was a first prize winner at the competitions Premio Ars Nova, Città di Valentino, Giulio Rospigliosi, Riviera Etrusca and A.Gi.Mus. She also received top prizes at the competitions Domenico Scarlatti, Pino Torinese, Rami Musicali and Lia Tortora and won the Benedetto XIII Piano Prize.
In piano duo with her sister Olga Georgievskaya she was awarded first prize at the International Piano Competition Francesco Forgione and at the International Piano Competition Isole Boromee, as well as a second prize at the International Competition Città di Valentino.
Besides being a concert pianist, Liudmila Georgievskaya is an active and devoted teacher. She assisted Olga Larchenko in her piano class for gifted children at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and she has been professor of piano at the Anton Rubinstein Music School in Rome and at the Fortuna Music School in Palestrina, Italy. She has held piano masterclasses in Uzbekistan, Italy and Hungary, and has been invited to judge piano competitions in Russia and Italy. Several of her students entered prestigious music institutions and received important awards in piano competitions.
Liudmila Georgievskaya will present a free recital at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1 in Caruth Auditorium, located in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. For more information, call 214-768-1951.