GFA Piano Masterclass

1 -12 AUGUST 2021

GÜLSİN ONAY (Piano) Turkey | VALERIAN SHIUKASHVILI (Piano) Georgia | PABLO GALDO (Piano) Spain |


Gülsin Onay’s truly international career has spanned 80 countries across all continents, from Venezuela to Japan. She has given concerts in the major musical centres such as Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall, National Gallery of Art and Miller Theater. Onay has performed as a soloist with such leading orchestras as Dresden Staatskapelle, Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony. Conductors with which she has performed include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Erich Bergel, Jorg Faerber, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Neeme Jarvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jose Serebrier and Stanislaw Wislocki.

Cambridge-based Turkish State Artist, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, in high demand for her unique and sensuous Chopin, Saygun and Rachmaninoff interpretations. Onay was in 2007 honoured with the award of a State Medal by the Polish nation. She is also acknowledged worldwide as the finest interpreter of the music of A.Adnan Saygun, whose works feature prominently in her concerts and recordings, and whose 2nd Piano Concerto was dedicated to her.



Valerian Shiukashvili started taking piano lessons at the age of twelve at the Tbilisi Paliashvili Central School for Gifted Children in the class of Darejan Tsintsadze. Shortly after this, he performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto N.23 with an orchestra. This appearance was highly acclaimed by music critics. Mr. Shiukashvili believes that anyone who chooses to be a musician at the later age is more conscious about his/her decision and makes full effort to achieve the goal.

In 1992, Valerian became a winner of the All Union Competition in Russia, which brought him one year invitation to study at Moscow School – Studio “Young Talents”. After a year he was accepted to the Moscow Central Music School under the tutelage of Nina Makarova. At the time, among his teachers, besides Darejan Tsintsadze and Nina Makarova, are Alexei Nasedkin, Evgeny Malinin, Naum Shterkman, Lili Prilipko.
Since 1993, as a laureate of the International Charitable Program “New Names”, Mr. Shiukashvili has been representing this fund in various Concerts. His name was added in gold letters to the book of the stars of the XXI Century.

In 1997, Valerian graduated from Moscow Central Music School and was accepted without entrance examinations to the Tbilisi State Conservatory in the class of the renowned Georgian composer and pianist – Nodar Gabunia. Mr. Shiukashvili is a winner of many International Piano Competitions.
Among them are: In 2000, after the death of Nodar Gabunia, Valerian continued his studies in the class of the professor Nana Khubutia. He graduated Master’s and Postgraduate degrees with honors.
Mr. Shiukashvili founded his first National Competition at the age of 24, which he named after his beloved professor Nodar Gabunia. In 2013, the Competition was given an International status.
Valerian Shiukashvili is often invited to be a jury member of many prestigious International Competitions and Festivals. He often gives masterclasses to young musicians.

Valerian has 11 CD albums recorded on various record labels. In 2010, as a director of Georgian Art Academy, he established national and international music festivals in different regions of Georgia. He deeply cares about the professional growth of young musicians. He is also actively involved in Charity Events worldwide.
In 2015, Valerian Shiukashvili became a board member of the Federation of International Competitions and Festivals. The same year, Georgian University invited him to be a director of newly opened Georgian Academy of Music.

Valerian Shiukashvili participated in many international music festivals and competitions. In 2010 Shiukashvili performed in a concert for children with limited abilities. He serves as a jury member for various National and International piano competitions and festivals. He also gives master classes. Valerian Shiukashvili has performances as a soloist and also with orchestras in Georgia, Russia, Europe, Japan, Israel and other countries. He is a Laureate of the International Charitable Program “New Names”, Soloist of Djansug Kakhidze Tbilisi Center for Music & Culture. Founder and General Director of Nodar Gabunia National Piano Competition. Vice-president of European Piano Teachers Association in Georgia (EPTA-Georgia). General Director of Art Academy Georgia. He has TV, Radio and CD recordings.



“Pablo Galdo is an exceptional pianist of great technique, with the musicality of a real artist, that additionaly has the capacity to communicate to the audience with great facility, which makes him a complete pianist” (Tamás vásáry, 2018)
He was born in Ferrol (La Coruña). He studied at the “Vigo Superior Conservatoire” ,where he graduated with special distinction and extraordinary prize, at the “University de Alcalá de Henares”, at the “Zoltán Kodály Institute”, at the “Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest” ,at the “Mozarteum University in Salzburg”, where he obtained his Postgraduate Diplom, and at the “Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow” (Russia) . His professor included Nicasio Gradaille, Ferenc Rados, Rita Wagner, András kemenes, Imre Rohmann and Elisso Wirssaladze.
He has worked with many renowned and prestigious international masters, including Alicia de Larrocha, Zoltán Kocsis , Tamás Vasáry, Dimitri Bashkirov, Várjon Dénes, Heinz Kämmerling, Marta Gulyás, Haewon Song, and Almudena Cano, among others.
He has performed in more than 40 countrie and has performed with different orchestras in Spain, Hungary, Germany and Austria, and he has been finalist and awarded in various piano competitions.

He has played 4 hands and 2 pianos with pianists as Martha Argerich (2019), Zoltán Kocsis, Stephen kovacevich, Lilya Zilberstein, Tamás Vásáry, Cyprien Katsaris, Jorge Luis Prats, Imre Rohmann, Sergio Tiempo or András kemenes, with cellist Asier Polo or violist Rocío Gomez, or baritone Luis Alberto Llaneza, among others.

He has currently recorded a DVD of works by Albéniz, Liszt and Rachmaninoff, a CD produced by MANS with works of Bach, Chopin and Liszt, and other CD produced by the same discography with works of Albéniz. He has also recorded for the Spanish Television, Galician Television and Hungarian Radio. The composer Saúl Chapela has dedicated him his piano composition “22 variations on two cells”.
Pablo Galdo has given master classes at Conservatories across the world and is jury member in several international competitions (Spain, China, Costa Rica, Norway, Lithuania). Among his students are prize winners of national and international competitions.
He is the artistic director of the Galician Classical Music Association, founder of “Vigo
International music Festival” and artistic director and president jury at international Vigo competition “City of Vigo”. Recently he was awarded with the “Gregorio Baudot prize” to his artistic career, silver medal at the Global music awards to the category of classical pianist and instrumentist (years 2017 and 2018), and with the Gold badge of his city of birth in January 2018.
He currently combines his concert activity with his position as piano professor at the “Superior Conservatory of Music in A Coruña” (Galicia, Spain), at the “Alfonso X the Wise University” in Madrid, and at the Superior Center Katarina Gurska in Madrid.