Received her first piano lessons from her grandmother, Anastasia Virsaladze. After attending the conservatory, she left her native city and moved to Moscow, where she studied with H. Neuhaus and Y. Zak. At the age of twenty she won the third prize in the Tchaikovsky Competition. She is recognised today as an exceptional teacher whose students have won sensational recognition at competitions.
She teaches at the Moscow Conservatory and at Munich’s Musikhochschule and she is invited to serve on the jury of the most important competitions such as: Santander, Geza Anda in Zurich, Rubinstein in Tel Aviv and Tchaikovsky (now known as the Richter) in Moscow. She regularly performs in London, Milan, Rome, Paris, Lisbon, Berlin and Barcelona; duo concerts with Natalia Gutman take place in the most important European cities. She regularly appears with prestigious orchestras in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Japan the US, as well as in other countries. Elisso Virsaladze has worked with conductors such as R. Barschai, K. Kondraschin, R. Muti, K. Sanderling, W. Sawallisch, E. Svetlanov, J. Temirkanov and A. Wit, to name only a few. She records for Live Classics.