International pianist vanishes from university roster

International pianist vanishes from university roster


norman lebrecht

July 23, 2015



Alexander Toradze, the Georgian pianist and Valery Gergiev pal, has been a professor at Indiana University South Bend since 1991. They haven’t seen him since last August and have no idea when he’s likely to return.

‘It’s a personnel issue and we can’t comment on it,’ says the college. More here.

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  • Erwin Poelstra says:

    He was a jury in the recent Tchaikovsky Competition where he gave this interview, in which he reveals that his father was the composer Reinhold Glière:

    • Erwin Poelstra says:

      That should be “juror”. I was very suprised to hear that Toradze’s father was Sergei Prokofiev’s first (private) teacher!

  • esfir ross says:

    A. Toradze said clear that his father studied in Moscaw consevatory with Reingold Glier. I saw his family in1969 in Tallinn when Lexso at age 16 took 3rd price at USSR national piano competition and played wonderful Prokofiev 7 sonata. I knew he was a promissing talent. But his beautiful mother-Georgian movie star was even bigger attraction.

    • Erwin Poelstra says:

      You are right, sorry, I misunderstood his English. His father was David Toradze who *studied* with Reinhold Glière.