Merab Ebralidze

Biography

Renowned Georgian-American concert pianist, teacher, and accompanist Merab Ebralidze, was born in Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia.  In the early 1990’s he embarked on his musical path, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Tbilisi’s Z. Paliashvili 2nd Music College. His dedication to excellence led him to the V. Sarajishvili State Conservatory in Tbilisi where he obtained a Master of Arts with Honors, as well as a Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) from the Graduate School.

Internationally, he garnered recognition with notable achievements such as the 4th prize at the Fifth International Competition Grand Concerteum in Marko-Puloni, Greece (1999) and the 2nd prize at the American Protege International Concerto Competition in New York (2007).

In 2000, he extended his passion for music to education, actively teaching in the piano department of Tbilisi’s Z. Paliashvli 2nd Music College. He has made appearances in some of the most prestigious halls in Georgia, including the Big Hall and Small Hall of the Tbilisi State Conservatory, the J. Kakhidze Tbilisi Music Cultural Center, and the State Philharmonic Concert Hall, to name a few. A pivotal moment in his career came in 2001 when he performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 under the legendary Georgian conductor, Jansug Kakhidze. 

In 2006 Merab moved to New York for further artistic exploration. This lead to performances in prestigious New York venues such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Dimenna Center, Scandinavian House, Opera America Performance Center, and Baruch Performing Arts Center. Further notable appearances include concerts in Canada, Germany, Italy, England. From 2007-2010 he was a piano faculty at the New York Conservatory of Music.  

He served as a  jury member for various piano competitions, including the G. Gershwin International Competition in New York (2015 and 2017), the Pearl International Music Competition (2018), the Alert Flamman Veriatis International Competition in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico (2021), and the role of Chairman of the Jury for the S. Davitashvili Republican Competition in Telavi, Georgia (2021).

In 2018 he founded the organisation “Make Way For The New Generation,” dedicated to discovering and nurturing young Georgian musicians. His passion for classical music projects led to their participation in concerts and competitions in both the USA and Georgia. Since 2006, he actively taught in his private studio. His students have won numerous awards in national and international piano competitions, with performances in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Dimenna Center, Opera America Performance Center and Scandinavian House.

In 2019 Merab received special awards for his contribution to the world of classical music, which include recognition from STVR (Georgian in the USA) and Georgian Brend. Their accolades celebrated his significant role in the development of Georgian culture in the United States of America. In June 2023, he gave masterclasses at the Tbilisi V. Sarajishvili State Conservatory, whereafter he and his students participated in the Arte Piano International Music Festival and Master Classes in Castelnuovo in Italy. This December, he will give a recital at the Royal Overseas League in London, UK. 

In 2021 Merab Ebralidze became a citizen of the United States, solidifying his enduring connection to the country that has been the stage for his remarkable contributions to classical music.