“An impressive display of virtuosic pianism”
The Observer, by Stephen Pritchard
Photo by Lusine Pepanyan
London-based Georgian concert pianist, Luka Okros, has established himself as one of the most outstanding pianists of his generation. The Guardian's Observer has praised his performance as "An impressive display of virtuosic pianism". Spanish newspaper Levante described him as "An Artist of the Sound".
Born in 1991 (Tbilisi, Georgia), Luka started learning the piano at 4 and gave his first solo recital at age 5. He graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory (Prof. Sergei Dorensky) and the London Royal College of Music (Prof. Norma Fisher).
In 2016 the Art Council of England granted him the Exceptional Talent Visa.
He has won many awards, including Verbier Festival Piano Award by Tabor Foundation, first prizes at the Hong Kong International Piano Competition, the Valencia Iturbi Prize International Competition, Hannover Chopin International Piano Competition, Morocco Philharmonic International Piano Competition and FAZ Audience Award 2019 at the International German Piano Award.
Luka has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Het Concertgebouw, Southbank Centre, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall, Harpa, Liszt Academy, Musiikkitalo, Oslo Konserthus, Palau de la Musica Valencia, Vienna Konzerthaus.
Highlights of the 2022/2023 season include recitals in Finland, France, Iceland, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Luka has recorded two albums: “Schumann” was released on November 17, 2016, in Paris Salle Cortot, and “Chopin” was presented on July 16, 2019, in London Southbank Centre.
In addition to his career as a pianist, Luka works on creating an album of his compositions. One of the pieces was filmed and premiered by Het Concertgebouw’s Sessions. His compositions are published by Master Music Publications.
Since 2021 Luka has been appointed as the Assistant Artistic Director at Bechstein Hall – London’s new concert venue opening in 2023 on 22 Wigmore Street .
Luka's Instagram has about 100K followers as a social media influencer.
Highlights of 2022/2023 season
By Bruce Clark
... When Georgia was pickled in Soviet aspic, those gifts were a lifeline to the world. Its theatre and film directors, with their quietly subversive messages, were revered across the Soviet Union. To Western audiences, they were a reminder that not all was drab in the communist bloc. Now that Georgia is a democracy, many of its artists thrive abroad yet retain close ties to their homeland. Amid the chaos after the Soviet collapse, Luka Okros, now a 28-year-old pianist, startled his parents by showing signs of genius at the age of four. He trained in Moscow and is now based in London, interpreting Liszt, Chopin and Rachmaninov in concert halls around the world, and — like other expatriate maestros — giving at least one big recital a year in Tbilisi.