Listen to an interview with Alexander Kordzaia created by the Spring 2012 First Year Seminar class "Great Performances."
Alexander Kordzaia accepted the position of Music Director of the University of Richmond Orchestra in 2007. A conductor and pianist, he is a native of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Born into a musical family, Mr. Kordzaia demonstrated great musical ability at an early age. At the age of seven, he began serious study of the piano and composition in Georgia’s premiere music school. By the age of 12, he was performing as a soloist with orchestras and was considered a child prodigy as a composer. Soon it was evident to his teachers that Mr. Kordzaia also had great talent and desire for conducting. By the time he graduated from the Tbilisi Conservatory of Music, Mr. Kordzaia was the Music Director and Conductor of the Georgia State Cappella and assistant conductor at the Tbilisi Opera House, the two most prestigious musical ensembles in the nation. Mr. Kordzaia led both of these groups on triumphant tours of the former U.S.S.R.
He came to the United States in 1991 to further his studies at the Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard School of Music, both in New York City. Since his arrival in the U.S., Mr. Kordzaia has performed and conducted orchestras to critical acclaim. His recent engagements have included conducting the Cincinnati Symphony musicians for the American Harp Society National Conference; the Cincinnati Symphonietta; the Okanogan Symphony in Spokane, Washington; a European tour with the American Youth Harp Ensemble; the Charlotte Civic Orchestra, Charlotte, North Carolina; and most recently, the University of Richmond Symphony Orchestra.
Kordzaia appeared as an opera conductor with CPCC Opera Company, Charlotte, North Carolina. He also served as Assistant Conductor of the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra (1999-2001), Music Director of Charlotte Civic Orchestra (2003-2006), and Conductor Emeritus of Charlotte Civic Orchestra (2006-2007).
An active chamber musician, Mr. Kordzaia’s recent concerts have been in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and New York. He is an active teacher/educator and classical music advocate throughout the Mid-Atlantic states. Kordzaia is frequently invited to adjudicate, coach, and to give master classes in schools and with youth music organizations through the U.S. He has also continued to be a frequent guest conductor and pianist in the United States, France, Eastern Europe, Georgia, and Russia.