Year of birth:
Place of birth:
- Viola BA – Cologne – Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln – Matthias Buchholz – (2008-2011)
- Viola BA – Geneve – Haute École de Musique Genève – Nobuko Imai – (2011-2013)
- Viola MA/ Professional Studies – Kronberg Academy – Nobuko Imai – (2013-2016)
- Viola MA – Berlin – Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“ – Tabea Zimmermann – (2016-2019)
Soloist and Chamber Musician,
Georgy Kovalev, born in 1990 in Tiflis (Georgia), studied at Kronberg Academy with Nobuko Imai, and finished his studies with Prof. Tabea Zimmermann at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler.
He is a prize winner and a finalist of many international competitions such as the Yuri Bashmet International Competition in Moscow, Tokyo International Viola Competition and recipient of the 2011 Neva Foundation Prize awarded by the Verbier Festival. As a soloist Georgy Kovalev has performed with leading orchestras such as the Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra among others.
In recital and chamber music setting, performances have brought him all over Europe, Russia, Asia and the US.
His chamber music partners include Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, Steven Isserlis, Yuri Bashmet, Fazil Say, Emanuel Ax, Jörg Widmann, at renowned international music festivals such as Schubertiade, Verbier Festival, Ravinia Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, Delft Kamermuziek Festival, Westcork Chamber Music Festival, Robeco Summer Series Concertgebouw, Rheingau Festival and Kronberg Academy Festival. He is a leading viola in „Amsterdam Sinfonietta“ Chamber Orchestra.
In February 2018 Georgy recorded a CD with Bach‘s „The Art of The Fugue“ with the Delian Quartett on German Radio which was nominated for the Opus Klassik “Best chamber music CD” prize.
In 2022 together with „Südwestdeutsche Kammerorchester Pforzheim“ and Johannes Moesus as a conductor, Georgy recorded Viola Concerto as well as a Triple Concerto for Viola, Flute and the Double Base, with Roman Patkolo on the double base and Kathrin Christians on the flute written by Johannes Speger for the famous CPO label.
As a solo violist and member of several chamber music groups Georgy has given many masterclasses at festivals such as Gioie Musicali (Asolo, Italy), Mit Musik – Miteinander (Kronberg Academy, Germany), Lauter Project (Ferrara, Italy) and Ortus Chamber Music Festival (Ireland).