"I thank you Bechstein piano for listening to me and responding"
Irma Gigani was born in Tbilisi in 1996 and attended a music school in her hometown (Z. Paliashvili N1 Central Music School) from the age of five. From 2009 onwards, she studied at Tbilisi’s V. Sarajishvili Conservatory under Tengiz Amirejibi and then moved to Vienna to continue her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts under Stefan Arnold.
In 2002, she won the Grand Prize at the Minerbio International Competition and participated in the “Gifted Kids” Marathon held during the International Art Competition organized by Liana Isakadze. The following year she won the Special Prize of the US Embassy at the 3rd Georgian Music Competition and in 2009 she received a medal from the Cultural Attaché for Exchange and Development. Still in 2009, she recorded a CD with the Israel Camerata Jerusalem ensemble conducted by Avner Biron. Finally, in 2010, she was a laureate at the Georgian Chopin Competition and the Étoiles du Piano Competition held in Lille, France.
Irma Gigani is a recipient of a Vladimir Spivakov Foundation/UNESCO scholarship and regularly participates in the festivals staged by this organization. Moreover, she has performed in Georgia and abroad, notably at the Nice Theater and the Beethoven Superstar Festival in Tel Aviv, as well as with various ensembles (Ankara Symphony Orchestra, Bolshoi Theater Chamber Orchestra, Mikeladze Tbilisi National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ariel Zuckerman and Israel Camerata Jerusalem conducted by Avner Biron). In 2019, she also performed with Alexander Melnikov, Hannes Minnaar and Alfred Brendel at the Naarden International Music Festival.
Also worth a mention is her brilliant success at the First Bechstein-Bruckner Competition held in 2021 at the Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria, where she won First Prize and the special prizes for the best interpretations of compulsory works by Bruckner and Mozart.
Irma Gigani during her recital as a laureate of the first Bechstein-Bruckner Competition