Described by The Times (London) as “the complete musician”, Lisa Batiashvili commands her place among the world’s foremost artists with performances of great insight and expressive eloquence. The German-based Georgian violinist has been acclaimed by critics for her virtuosity, sensitivity and charismatic power. She was named Musical America’s “2015 Instrumentalist of the Year”, an accolade reserved for artists of the highest calibre, and also stands among the winners of Italy’s prestigious International Accademia Musicale Chigiana Prize. Batiashvili has developed close partnerships with many world-class orchestras, the New York Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Chamber Orchestra of Europe among them.
Batiashvili’s prominence on the international stage is reflected in her work throughout the 2016-17 season. She gave the world premiere of Anders Hillborg’s Violin Concerto No.2 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in October 2016 and went on to present the work’s German premiere with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Her forthcoming schedule includes performances with, among others, the Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, the London Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas, and the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle. In addition, she will appear as Artist in Residence with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and hold a two-week “Portrait” residency with the Bamberger Symphoniker. Batiashvili is also set to perform during the opening week of Berlin’s new Pierre Boulez Saal in March 2017, give a series of recitals with Georgian jazz pianist Beka Gochiashvili, and take part in a high-profile tribute concert to Alfred Brendel in Berlin.
Lisa Batiashvili has been an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2010. Her first release for the yellow label, Echoes of Time (February 2011), received an ECHO Klassik award. It was followed by the coupling of Brahms’s Violin Concerto with Clara Schumann’s Romances Op.22 (January 2013). Accompanied by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, she set down a selection of violin/piano arrangements of Tchaikovsky’s Romances, Opp.6 & 73, released as a complement to the conductor’s recording of the “Pathétique” Symphony with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (September 2013). Bach (August 2014) saw Batiashvili explore works by Johann Sebastian and C.P.E Bach in company with, among others, François Leleux, Emmanuel Pahud and the Kammerorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Batiashvili’s latest album, released in November 2016, comprises the violin concertos of Tchaikovsky and Sibelius and arises naturally from her fruitful collaboration with the Berlin Staatskapelle and Daniel Barenboim. Having first joined forces with conductor and orchestra in March 2013, she has appeared with them every summer since then in the annual open-air “Staatsoper für alle” concert in Berlin city centre to audiences of around 40,000. The same team of performers also received a standing ovation for their rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto at London’s Royal Festival Hall in April 2015.
Born in Tbilisi, Lisa moved to Germany with her family at the age of eleven. There she studied with Mark Lubotsky and with Ana Chumachenco. The youngest-ever entrant in the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 1995, she made her breakthrough as winner of its second prize. She was named winner of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival’s Leonard Bernstein Award in 2003 and awarded the 2006 Beethoven Ring Prize by the Beethoven Festival Bonn. Since then she has also won a MIDEM Classical Award and a Choc de l’année, as well as two Echo Klassik awards. Highlights of recent years include a critically acclaimed season as Artist in Residence with the New York Philharmonic (2014-15), and a productive period as the Staatskapelle Dresden’s Capell-Virtuosin (2012-13), during which Batiashvili performed a wide range of concerts with the orchestra’s Principal Conductor, Christian Thielemann.
Lisa Batiashvili lives in Munich and plays a 1739 Guarneri “del Gesù” violin, generously loaned by a private collector.