Toronto Centre for the Arts, Studio Theatre



Show One Productions is pleased to announce the North American representation of young Georgian piano prodigy Luka Okrostvoridze.



The 16-year-old pianist from Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia makes his North American solo recital debut Wednesday, May 9, 2007, 8 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street. The program features the music of Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. Tickets, $20, $15 students and seniors, are available from Ticketmaster, 416-870-8000 or, or from the Toronto Centre for the Arts box office. For information, visit For group rates (15% off), call 416-737-6785.

(Ticket purchasers for the May 4 Young Stars of the Young Century Gala are entitled to 15% off both tickets.)

Svetlana Dvoretskaia of Show One Productions chose to represent Okrostvoridze because, as she says, “Luka is one of the most promising young musicians on today’s concert stage. He is only 16, but plays with the depth and maturity of a 50-year-old.”

Okrostvoridze’s debut recital features Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in F minor, Book II; Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 10 No. 2 in F; Chopin’s Etude No.10 Op. 25, in B minor and Ballade No. 4, Op. 52 in F minor; Rachmaninoff’s’s Preludes, Oр. 32: No. 5 in G and No. 10 in B minor, and Moments Musicaux, Oр. 16: No. 4 in E minor and No. 5 in D flat; Etude No. 6, Op. 36 (Sparkles) by Moszkowski, and an Impromptu by Lysenko.

Thornhill violinist David Lakirovich, 17, makes a guest appearance. Both Okrostvoridze and Lakirovich astounded audiences when each appeared in the 2006 Young Stars of the Young Century Gala Concert. They will return to perform in the 2007 Gala, Friday, May 4 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Luka Okrostvoridze began piano at age 4. At 6, he gave his first solo recital, where he was discovered by famed violinist and conductor Vladimir Spivakov. He has performed widely in Russia and Georgia, as well as in Western Europe. He is a winner of the International Vladimir Krainev Competition and grand prix winner in the first International Youth Performers Competition in the former Soviet Union. In February 2006, he made his debut with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

For more information please call 416-737-6785