Merab Ebralidze

Piano Juror

Georgia/United States

Merab Ebralidze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. He graduated from Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili Music College and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance. He then continued his studies at the V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatory, where he graduated with honors from the Master’s Program in Piano Performance.

Upon earning his Master’s, he entered the Post Graduate School and completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts (1999-2003). His teachers were Professors G. Mkrtichian and N. Katamadze. He participated in numerous international competitions and festivals, including the 5th International Piano Competition in Marko Pullon, Greece, where he received 3rd Prize and American Protégé concerto competition 2nd Prize in New York.

During his time in Georgia, Merab actively performed while concurrently teaching at the Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili N-2 Music College. He performed often in Tbilisi Music Concert Center Hall with the Georgian National Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by the famous Georgian director Jansgul Kakhidze.

In 2006, Merab Ebralidze moved to New York. In 2007-2009 he was invited the by New York Conservatory of Music to instruct as a piano teacher. In 2015, he was invited to judge the G.Gershwin second International Music Competition.

In September 2016, he returned to Georgia to perform with the Evgeni Mikeladze National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by G. Tchitchinadze. The performance included Shopen # 1 and # 2 piano concertos. In the same year, Merab organized the preliminary round for the New York Gershwin Third International Music Competition in cities throughout Georgia, including Tbilisi, Telavi, Kutaisi, and Batumi. He invited the founder of the Gershwin International Competition, President and Jury Chairman, Michael Bulichev-Okser, the famous pianist and composer. In this preliminary round, more than 100 competitors participated. From them, five best competitors received full funding from Gershwin International Foundation, Diana Bagrationi Foundation and from Merab Ebralidze.

Since 2016, Merab Ebralidze has actively collaborated with the “Word Talents” Foundation, whose founder and president is the famous Georgian singer David Gvinianidze. Merab continues to conduct successful concerts in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston, and other cities throughout the North East. In December 2017, he was invited as a special guest to attend the World Talent Foundation’s large Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall.

Merab Ebralidze has the last semester at Long Island Conservatory to receive of artist diploma degree (under the tutelage of Professor Tamara Poddubnaya.

At this moment Merab Ebralidze manages his private piano studio in Brooklyn where he actively teaches. His students are the laureates of many state and international competitions.