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Sandro Sidamonidze

Cello

Sandro Sidamonidze

Sandro Sidamonidze is a distinguished cellist, widely regarded as a "cello virtuoso" celebrated for his impassioned performances and unwavering commitment to interpretive excellence. Born into a family steeped in musical tradition, he has dedicated a lifetime to the world of music. Sandro Sidamonidze has received high praise for his transcendent performances. Lansing City Pulse magazine once described his playing as "making time stand still with a low, warm flame of flickering melody," a testament to his ability to captivate audiences and create moments of musical magic.
Sidamonidze has emerged as an eminent advocate for classical music, extending his influence across borders, including the Republic of Georgia, Austria, Germany, United Kingdom, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Armenia and the United States. His remarkable journey has garnered international and national acclaim, featured prominently in prestigious newspaper headlines, live radio broadcasts, and television appearances. In honor of Georgia's centenary of independence, he received a distinguished invitation to participate in the prestigious "Georgian Overtones" project at the United Nations. Another notable highlight was his performance at the UK Government headquarters for the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, where he enthralled audiences at the behest of Dame Fanny Waterman, founder of the esteemed Leeds International Pianoforte Competition. Further, he showcased his talents at the 2014 "Cello Season" Festival in Georgia, sharing the stage with legendary cellists such as Natalia Gutman, David Geringas, Istvan Vardai, and Nicholas Altstadt.
Sandro Sidamonidze has amassed a remarkable collection of top awards in prestigious national and international solo and chamber music competitions. His debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and the honor of receiving the renowned Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts underscore his exceptional achievements.
Internationally sought-after, Sidamonidze has enraptured audiences as a guest artist with the Georgian Sinfonietta chamber orchestra at the "Easter to Ascension" Festival and has graced the stages of renowned festivals, including the Newport Music Festival, Telavi International Music Festival, International Music Festival in Batumi, Georgia, "Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festspiele," and "Mozartaugsburg," where he received a new cello. His performances have resonated with audiences across the globe, from Italy to Russia, Austria, United Kingdom, United States, Armenia to Germany.
With a wealth of experience as a soloist and chamber performer, Sidamonidze has collaborated with a distinguished roster of artists, including Stephanie Chase, Giya Kancheli, Francisco Fullana, Ian Watson, Misha Keylin, Jacqueline Choi, Sergey Antonov, Gianluca Marcianò, Dmitri Berlinsky, Walter Verdehr, and Yuri Gandelsman.
Sidamonidze's commitment to musical excellence is further underscored by his participation in masterclasses and intensive studies under the tutelage of world-renowned cellists, such as Natalia Gutman, Suren Bagratuni, Wen-Sinn Yang, Peter Bruns, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Jacqueline Choi, and Wolfgang Boettcher. Presently, he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree at Stony Brook University under the esteemed guidance of Professor Colin Carr.
In 2023, Sandro Sidamonidze achieved another milestone in his illustrious career by recording a CD of Arvo Pärt’s compositions for the prestigious Gramola Austrian label. Collaborating with esteemed pianist Ketevan Sepasvhili, this recording further exemplifies his dedication to musical excellence.
Sidamonidze is a distinguished member of "Trio Revolution," a Vienna-based flute, cello, and piano trio, reflecting his versatility as a chamber musician. Furthermore, he holds the esteemed position of Principal Cellist with the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, having previously served as Assistant Principal Cellist with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Sidamonidze has imparted his expertise as a former cello professor at Albion College, further solidifying his stature as a multifaceted and influential figure in the world of classical music.

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