Alexander Jakobidze-Gitman was born in Moscow in 1981 and by the age of three his musical abilities had been discerned by a prominent music teacher, Vladimir Kiryushin, on whose advice he entered the Special Music School of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He studied piano with Yuri Martynov and Mikhail Trushechkin, and cello, composition and instrumentation as subsidiary subjects. He was named a laureate of the French Piano Music Festival in 1989. In 1999 he entered the Moscow Conservatory as a pupil of Pavel Nersessian and in 2002 joined the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Hamish Milne and receiving a special RAM Full Scholarship Award. He won Prizes at the Second Tbilisi International Piano Competition in 2001 and at the Golden Khanukia International Competition in 2003. Since graduating in Moscow and London in 2004, he has performed throughout Europe and in the United States. In 2009 he received his PhD degree in art studies.