Schubert Four Impromptus, D899
Rachmaninov Moments musicaux, Op. 16
Tchaikovsky Octobre: Chant d’automne from Les saisons, Op. 37b
Prokofiev Sonata no. 3 (from old notebooks) in A minor, Op. 28
Luka Okros, piano
LUKA OKROS is one of the most promising pianists of his generation. Born in 1991 (Tbilisi, Georgia), he began his piano studies at the age of 4. At the age of 5 Luka gave his first public performance and at age 6 he made his debut with the Tbilisi State Orchestra under Revaz Takidze. In 1999 aged only 8, Luka played for the leading Russian conductor and violinist Vladimir Spivakov, who immediately offered him a scholarship and later financial support for his move to Russia in 2004. In 2013 Luka Okros graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under the tutelage of Prof. Sergei Dorensky. In the same year he was awarded a full scholarship for a Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music in London where he studied piano with Prof. Norma Fisher.
Prizes he has been awarded at international competitions include the first prize at the Hannover Chopin International Piano Competition (2017), first prize at the Hong Kong International Piano Competition (2016), first prize at the Morocco Philharmonic International Piano Competition (2016), first prize at the Cergy Pontoise Piano Campus Competition (2015) and the first Iturbi Prize at the Valencia International Piano Competition (2015). He has also won prestigious awards from the Hattori Foundation, the Tillett Trust and the Verbier Festival Piano Award from the Tabor Foundation in Switzerland.
At the age of 18, Luka Okros made his US debut at the Carnegie Hall. He has given concerts in many of the world’s most famous halls, including the Wigmore Hall, the Cadogan Hall and the Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall in London; the Salle Cortot in Paris, the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto and the Palau de la Musica in Valencia and Barcelona. He has also performed in Austria, China, Georgia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey and the Ukraine. Luka Okros has been recorded and broadcasted numerous times on BBC Radio 3, France Musique, Hong Kong Radio 4 and Georgian Radio 1. As a winner of the Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition, Luka was interviewed by Sean Rafferty on the “In Tune” programme of BBC Radio 3, during which he performed pieces by Liszt and Rachmaninov. Luka Okros’s debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Søndergård on Sunday, September 10, 2017 was broadcast on ClassicFM.
Luka Okros’s CD of works by Schumann was released on DiscAuverS Records and presented in Paris’s Salle Cortot in Autumn 2016. This CD was highly acclaimed by many music lovers and professional musicians, including a ‘four out of four’ in the French magazine ‘Classica’.
'A pianist you have to take account of in the future', Classica, 2017
'Okros has the extra something, the exclusive element that runs away from any definition', Israel Hayom, 2017
In such a technical work he does not deprive musicality. This is a rarity! I really enjoyed his interpretation!', Lang Lang about Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 by Okros, 2013