“She played with pure, gorgeous tone and fabulous technique ... Could you have fairly asked for more? The audience, to judge from its standing ovation, was fully content.”

The New York Times, August 2012

Biography

Lisa Batiashvili is one of the world’s most sought-after violinists, praised by audiences and fellow musicians for her virtuosity and “profound sensitivity” (Financial Times). In Europe she frequently works with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. In the US she performs every season with the New York Philharmonic and regularly returns to the Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The 2012/13 season sees the start of an important residency for Lisa with the Staatskapelle Dresden. Following several successful performances and a joint recording of Brahms’s Violin Concerto for Deutsche Grammophon, Batiashvili was awarded the title Capell-Virtuosin to mark her position with the orchestra, which includes a series of concerts and a US tour with Christian Thielemann. This season also sees her begin a residency with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and form new musical partnerships with Daniel Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin, Gustavo Dudamel and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Hengelbrock and NDR Sinfonieorchester, and Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. She also returns to the Berliner Philharmoniker with Iván Fischer and to the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with Alan Gilbert.

A highly successful 2011/12 season included performances with the NHK Symphony Orchestra (with Charles Dutoit) and Sydney Symphony (Vladimir Ashkenazy) as well as a European tour with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (Sakari Oramo), concerts with London Philharmonic and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras (both with Yannick Nézet-Séguin), Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Orchestre National de France (with David Zinman).

Batiashvili records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon. In her latest album - to be released in January 2013 - her partners in the Brahms Violin Concerto and 3 Romances for violin and piano by Clara Schumann are Christian Thielemann, conducting the Dresden Staatskapelle, and pianist Alice Sara Ott. For her first DG album, Echoes of Time – featuring among others Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto, and earning her an Echo Klassik award – she was accompanied by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

A dedicated chamber musician, Lisa has appeared at the Salzburg, Edinburgh International, Schleswig-Holstein, Heimbach and Verbier festivals and tours regularly as part of a quartet with oboist François Leleux, violist Lawrence Power and cellist Sebastian Klinger. In the 2012-13 season she also embarks on a recital tour with pianist Paul Lewis. Lisa’s commitment to new music has seen her give several world premieres in recent seasons, including of Magnus Lindberg’s violin concerto.

Lisa Batiashvili gained international recognition at age 16 as the youngest-ever competitor in the Sibelius Competition, where she took second prize. In 2003 she was named winner of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival’s Leonard Bernstein Award and was later awarded the Beethoven Ring Prize from the Beethoven Festival Bonn. In 2008 Lisa was honoured with the MIDEM Classical Award and the Choc de l’année for her Sony recording of Sibelius’s and Lindberg’s Violin Concertos. The same year she received an Echo Klassik award as “Young Artist of the Year”. She is also the winner of the prestigious International Accademia Musicale Chigiana Prize in Siena.

Lisa studied with Professor Ana Chumachenko in Munich, having previously worked with Professor Mark Lubotski. She plays the 1715 ex-Joachim Stradivarius, kindly loaned by the Nippon Music Foundation.

11/2012

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