Adjunct Faculty Cedar Valley CollegeCourses: Applied Piano, Piano Class
Pianist Dr. Daredjan “Baya” Kakouberi was born in Tbilisi, capital of the Republic of Georgia, and made her debut at the age of 11. After graduating from Tbilisi Special School of Music for the Talented and Gifted, she entered the Moscow Conservatory, where she continued her studies at master’s and doctoral levels under the tutelage of professor Sergei Dorenski and Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medalist Vladimir Krainev. She has been hailed as a “treat to watch and hear.”
Engagements have included the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado; the Nancyphiles Festival in Nancy, France; and a solo recital at the request of the San Antonio International Piano Competition. Dr. Kakouberi is an annual artist at the Musical Bridges Around the World series in San Antonio, where she served as a key participant in the city’s Brahms and Beethoven Festival.
In 2012, Business Leader magazine selected Dr. Kakouberi for the Woman Extraordinaire award, honoring women who have demonstrated “significant business achievement and community involvement” in their field.
In March 2010, Dr. Kakouberi was honored as the recipient of the coveted International Ambassador for Cultural Exchange Award by the Russian Winter Festival at Southern Methodist University, recognizing outstanding achievement in performing and teaching disciplines domestically and abroad. In 2009, she toured China as a soloist and presented master classes in the country’s leading music conservatories.
In an unprecedented project in 2009, Ms. Kakouberi recorded the three books of the Russian Piano Technique, based on the teachings of Professor Nikolaev, to be used in practice and performance techniques for students of all levels. That year, she also collaborated with violinist Gary Levinson in the recording of the complete sonatas for piano and violin by Beethoven. The project was spearheaded by the Classical Music Recording Foundation, and the four-CD set was released in 2012.
In 1996, she was among the “World’s Ten Most Distinguished Pianists” chosen by the Palm Beach Invitational Piano Competition. In 2000, Dr. Kakouberi was chosen as recipient of the “Most Outstanding and Distinguished Pianist” award in the IBLA International Competition in Italy, featuring hundreds of musicians from around the world in an annual award competition and dedicated to discovering new musical talent. She has appeared as guest soloist in concerts throughout the U.S. and Europe, including in Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia and Italy.
Noted as an outstanding chamber music artist, Dr. Kakouberi is the artistic director of the Blue Candlelight Music Series in Dallas, where she enjoys collaboration with internationally renowned artists. She has appeared multiple times at the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado, where she was also a frequent soloist. She is widely recognized at major musical venues throughout North Texas, including the University of North Texas, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, where she has appeared as a concerto soloist.
See Dr. Kakouberi playing Schubert’s F Minor Fantasy for Four Hands with Alessandro Deljavan in a live performance at the Kimball Art Museum in Fort Worth on May 14, 2016.