Zura Kobakhidze is internationally applauded as one of his generation’s most gifted musical minds. His performances have earned critical acclaim worldwide in more than twenty different cities, ten countries, and three continents. He holds Master of Music Degree with the highest honors from the prestigious Juilliard School.
Parallel to his concert career, Zura feels passionately about sharing his successes with piano players of all ages and levels. Zura has experience teaching private piano lessons for a decade and has conducted piano master-classes, vocal choir coaching, and guest lectures at universities and schools around the world. As a private piano teacher, Zura’s style combines legendary Russian piano tradition and Juilliard's renowned curriculum with his own cutting edge practice methods, memory drills and performance strategies. Zura has experience in preparing his students for the ABRSM exams, piano competitions, and conservatory entry exams. He is skillful with diverse musical genres and transcribes songs for his students, individually tailors lessons, gives feedback on midweek practice, and provides insider knowledge of the industry. Along with developing personalized practice plans and techniques, Zura encourages his students to commit to their studies as the skills developed under his curriculum build discipline, focus, and brain function to improve multiple aspects of life. As requested by students and encouraged by Juilliard faculty, Zura is currently writing a book about his findings in piano technique, theory, and memory. Zura’s methodologies have allowed him to master some of the most challenging repertoire, such as all twenty-four piano etudes by Frederic Chopin and 3rd piano concerto by Sergei Rachmaninoff. His recording of Frederic Chopin’s Etude number 2 from opus 10, widely considered as the hardest piano etude ever composed, has earned him vast critical and public acclaim. Additionally Zura has served as a Music Director in Manhattan, transcribed songs for a Piano Educational App, analyzes and models song writing algorithms in popular music, and built his practice of private students (ages 4–85) ranging from beginners to professional pianists and piano teachers.
To set up a first piano lesson and learn more about studying with Zura, please email zk2 @ juilliard.edu or visit his website at zzura.com
Mr. Juilliard is an excellent teacher with an abundance of patience and deep knowledge in music. My children benefited from his professional and interactive teaching style. Under Mr. Juilliard's instructions, my daughter passed Grade 6 piano examination with merit awarded by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He is a pianist and instructor whom you cannot miss.
Juilliard was an excellent teacher for my daughter. He helped my daughter realize her interest and potential in playing the piano. He will do whatever he can to teach you everything he knows.
I liked that he was patient. Most teachers tell you to practice the whole piece. But he focused on was you were struggling with the most, than moved on. He taught me a lot on playing the piano.
I believe Zura is the best piano teacher in the world. I am still a novice one and very old as well as never learne piano with teacher (started lesson with him a year ago, Zura is my first teacher) before though, he's never given upand let me memorizing entire music and gave very challenging and impossible to play for me pieces. I have never imagined that I play Bach, Chopin and other composers' music! He is very generous to share his great talent and knowledges. Zura is very very kind, sweet and patient. He write the fingering on every single notes for every student! We, all his students, are luckiest ones!
JUILLIARD SCHOOL — Master of Music in Piano Performance