George Oakley is a Georgian-born American composer who “represents a return to a great tradition” (Jay Nordlinger). His unique musical style, deeply narrative and symbolic, derives from the rich folklore of Georgia, the long tradition of Western classical music, and his personal philosophical reflections. His compositions stand out for their poetic tone and virtuosity. New York Concert Review said about his Cello Sonata: “this work deserves to take its place in the smallish repertoire of cello sonatas.”
George Oakley’s music has been performed at major stages, such as Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, and Le Poisson Rouge. He has written for such renowned artists as Lisa Batiashvili, Misha Rachlevsky, Nikolai Kachanov and Eteri Andjaparidze.
Born in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, George Oakley studied at the Z. Paliashvili Gymnazium for Gifted Children and at the V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire as a pianist. In 2003, after winning the top prize at the Flier International Piano Competition, he moved to the United States to continue his education as a pianist at DePaul University in the studio of Eteri Andjaparidze. He is a featured alumnus of the Steinhardt School at New York University, where he studied film scoring with Ira Newborn and classical composition with Justin Dello Joio. After his studies at New York University, Oakley was mentored by the prominent composer Richard Danielpour, who has said that “George Oakley is a composer of extraordinary gifts whose music speaks to the heart as well as the mind.”
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