Georgy Kovalev

viola

Russian-German violist Georgy Kovalev, born in 1990 in Tiflis (Georgia), is one of the leading violists of his generation.

Currently he is a student of Nobuko Imai at the Kronberg Academy, after having finished his studies with Yuri Bashmet and Matthias Buchholz.

Georgy Kovalev has performed with leading orchestras such as the Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra, New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra and New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra among others.

He is a prizewinner and a finalist of international competitions such as Yuri Bashmet International Competition in Moscow, Tokyo International Viola Competition, Brahms International Competition.

In 2011 he received the Neva Foundation Prize awarded by the Verbier Festival.

His chamber music partners included Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, Steven Isserlis, Yuri Bashmet, Fazil Say, Frans Helmerson, Emanuel Ax, Jörg Widmann, Viviane Hagner, Claudio Bohorquez, Lawrence Lesser, at renowned international music festivals such as Schubertiade, Verbier Festival, Ravinia Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, Rheingau Festival, Kronberg Academy Festival.

Georgy Kovalev has performed at concert venues such as the Victoria Hall (Geneva), Theatre des Champs-Elysées (Paris), Cologne Philharmonic Hall, Kioi Hall (Tokyo), Prinz Regent Theater Hall (Munich), Gordon Bennett Hall (Chicago), Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory.

His future engagements include solo recitals and concertos in USA, Germany, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy, Austria, Greece.

Georgy plays a viola by Simon Bernand Fendt (London 1820), kindly on loan to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.