Aliza Kezeradze

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Aliza Kezheradze (Georgian: ალიზა ქეჟერაძე; 1937 – 18 February 1996) was a Georgian pianist and a teacher. Her last name, Kezeradze, was inherited from her nanny. She taught Ivo Pogorelić since 1976 whom she married in 1980.[1]

She received her first piano lessons from her mother. Her repertoire of graduation concert included Barber's Piano Sonata, Prokofiev Piano Sonata No.7 and Wanderer's Fantasie by F. Schubert.

She raised a son named George with her ex-husband. The latter was a crucial diplomat of the Soviet Union, whose father was a scientist of the same importance inventing weapons during the Cold War. Pogorelich's initial marriage proposal was rejected while she had already divorced.

She died on February 18, 1996 in New York from liver cancer.


  1. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (2006-07-01). "A Moody Dionysus of the Piano". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2008-08-25.