Education and Background
Muza Mdzinarishvili received an M.M. in piano accompanying from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a B.M. and M.M. in piano performance and pedagogy from Tbilisi V. Sarajishvili State Conservatory of Music, Georgia. She also holds a diploma with honors in piano performance from Tbilisi D. Arakishvili Musical College.
Muza has performed at the Course International de Musique, Switzerland; at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; as a concerto soloist with San Francisco State University, State University Symphony Orchestra, and Tbilisi State Symphony Orchestra; pianist in ensemble for workshop presentation of the commissioned work Crysallis by C. Suprynowicz, Berkeley West Edge opera; and for performance in a production of Menotti’s opera “ The Medium” at SFCMC.
Muza served on the piano faculty at a 10-year Experimental Musical School of the Tbilisi State Conservatory of Music, Georgia, where she received a first category for excellence in teaching and at the Z. Paliashvili Georgian Musical Gymnasia for Gifted Children In 2010 she was a coach for the piano-duo at the Summer Chamber Music Workshop at Crowden School, Berkeley. Muza has successfully prepared many students for the ABRSM exams in piano and music theory with distinction and merit.
In addition to her teaching and accompanying career, Muza is the current president of the CAPMT, East Bay Chapter, where she creates inspiring programs for young musicians. Teacher‐ student collaboration project: the recital featured two of her advanced students and herself performing piano concertos with San Francisco State University Symphony Orchestra. Her co-developed past programs include: “A Musical Journey Through the Centuries,” a lecture-recital series, and piano duos recitals featuring 4-hand, 6-hand, and 8-hands piano works.
“As both a performer and a teacher, I believe learning piano should be fun, challenging and inspiring. My approach is based upon the individual student’s skill level, abilities, interests and goals. In my teaching, I incorporate traditional theory concepts, selected solo repertoire to suit students’ interests and abilities, and piano duos that encourage the student to improve their ensemble playing skills and give a valuable opportunity for students at every level to make music together with other peers and the teacher. Teacher-student collaboration is extremely inspiring and has a vital role in the students’ musical development and growth.
“I believe that a well-rounded musical education is important no matter what age or skill level. It is vital to reach out and inspire our future musicians.”