Selected Alumni Bios

George Oakley

George Oakley, composer and pianist, served as a co-producer, composer and music editor for the Georgian-American documentary film Misha Verses Moscow, directed by John Philp.  A native of Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, George began playing the piano at the age of eight and earned a BM from the Tbilisi Conservatoire.  In 2001 he moved to the United States, receiving his Masters degree from DePaul University as a student of Eteri Andjaparidze.  He was the top prize winner at the Flier International Piano Competition in 2001.

Mr. Oakley’s compositions Nostalgia and Toccata were performed at Carnegie Hall; Solo Fantasia was premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center; and his String Quartet, Dictator, dedicated to the August war in Georgia, had its premiere at Steinway Hall as part of a concert organized for Benefit for Georgia.  In 2003, Mr. Oakley was a guest artist in the festival United Sounds of America, dedicated to 9/11 tragedy. His performances were broadcasted by WFMT, Chicago’s classical radio station.  George is a student of Ira Newborn at NYU Steinhardt.