Biography Inga Fiolia

Inga Fiolia
the Georgian-German pianist, is quickly establishing herself as one of her generation’s most exciting and gifted young concert soloists. Winning first prize at several International Piano Competitions in Germany, Belgium and Italy, Inga has also received awards from Piano News, Germany´s leading Piano Magazine, the Solti Foundation, the German Academic Foundation for musical life and Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now. The world renown Star Tenor and Echo prize winner Rolando Villazon recent invited Inga to perform in his prestigious ARTE TV show “Stars of Tomorrow” (DVD by Unitel Classica 2015). Her performances are regularly promoted by ARTE TV in Germany, France and by the world’s leading classical music broadcaster Classica. TV in 29 countries worldwide. Inga recently signed with the international renowned label Naxos.

Other artists with whom Inga has collaborated include Michael Barenboim, Christian Lanza.

Her recent concert engagements included solo debuts at prestigious venues such as London’s St. Martin in the Fields, the Allerheilige Hofkirche in Munich, Schloss Mirabell in Salzburg and the Hamamatsu Philharmonic Hall in Tokyo, to places as far afield as the National Theater of Panama City, the National Philharmonic in Rabat, Morocco, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and various venues in Belgium, Italy and Switzerland. As soloist, Inga has collaborated with many world-renown orchestras such as the Cottbus Philharmonic of Brandenburg State Opera House, the Youth Symphony of Berlin, the Yaroslavl Academic Governor's Symphonic Orchestra, the Brussels Philharmonic, the Georgian State Chamber Orchestra and National Philharmonic, the Bergische Symphoniker, the Philharmonic of South Westphalia and the German National Youth Orchestra. Festivals in which Inga has performed include the Schwetzinger SWR Festival, Cologne’s Contemporary Music Festival, Summer Villa Musica Mainz and the Rösrath Piano Festival where she won the Audience Award in 2008.

Inga´s repertoire ranges from baroque to 21st century music, all of which have received great international acclaim. She has premiered contemporary music by Werner Heider (Germany) at Verrieres (France) and Schleiermacher. A devoted chamber musician and accompanist, Inga spent from 2009-2011 accompaning violin at the Cologne Music University with Professor Kosuta and tuba classes with professors Gelhar and Polkinhorn. She is a founding member of Trio Concerto and moderator of the Children’s Concert Series and her recitals, which she moderated herself.

Born in Tbilisi/Georgia into a family of musicians, Inga Fiolia received her first piano lessons from her grandmother. At the age of seven she made her stage debut with the Georgian State Chamber Orchestra. She left the country as war broke out and aged 12 travelled to Moscow to study at Central Music School of Tchaikovsky Conservatory with pianist Alexi Nasedkin, student of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus. Political unrest in Russia led Inga to emigrate to Germany in 2001. Once in Cologne, Inga graduated as concert pianist and continued her postgraduate studies by Vassily Lobanov, student of Alfred Schnittke. Upon completion of her studies, Inga received a scholarship to study at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot.

Her father is an Honored Artist of Georgia, bandleader of the legendary bands “Orera” and “Dielo”, considered as famous as Beatles in the then-USSR. Inga also worked with Paolo Alvares, Rudolf Kehrer, Peter Feuchtwanger, Pierre-Lauren Aimard, Oxana Yablonskaya, Eduard Brunner, Sequeira Costa.

Inga is based in Cologne and speaks 6 languages.

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