Georgian-American pianist Dr. Liana Pailodze Harron is a bold performer, recognized for her passionate and striking interpretations of contemporary classical music. Her latest album with Vesna Duo was hailed as "smashingly effective" by Pulitzer Prize winning music critic Tim Page, for The Wall Street Journal. She has appeared at leading venues across the United States and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the New World Center, and the United Nations.
A champion of contemporary music, Liana cultivates diverse collaborations guided by artistic curiosity. As a soloist, Liana has performed with the Shilakadze Chamber Orchestra, the Georgian Television Orchestra, the Georgian Symphonic Orchestra, the Frost Symphony Orchestra, and the Frost Wind Ensemble. Most recently, she has worked with saxophonist Dr. Thomas A. Giles, honing works of Györgi Ligeti and Olivier Messiaen among others on the album Mysteries of the Macabre. Liana’s work in Vesna Duo with percussionist Dr. Ksenija Komljenović garnered rave reviews at the 2022 Chamber Music America Conference. Their recording of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring for marimba and piano arranged by Komljenović, continues to garner rave reviews from The WSJ, Slipped Disc, Reader's Digest UK, and Throw Dice and Play Nice.
A prolific recording artist, Liana has embodied contemporary works by composers such as Alexej Gerassimez and Archil Giorgobiani, beloved classics of Hindemith and Respighi, and modern repertoire from John Adams and Ólafur Arnalds, the latter of which she arranged for piano and Loopstation. Her most recent solo album, Light-Year is a heart-rending collection of intimate pieces, cast from cinematic and contemporary composers Jóhann Jóhannsson, Max Richter, Philip Glass, Ólafur Arnalds, and Kris Lennox.
Currently a faculty member of the prestigious School of Music at 92NY, New York's Global Center for Culture, Connection and Enrichment, Liana teaches applied music lessons and groups classes to a wide array of students. She is also an in-demand clinician, holding masterclasses and workshops at universities around the United States. She holds her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.