Lisa Batiashvili | Biography


Lisa Batiashvili
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“Lisa Batiashvili was the breathtaking soloist, spinning out Szymanowski’s long, ecstatic lines with wonderful sweetness of tone and exquisite finesse.” – The Guardian, reviewing a performance of Szymanowski’s First Violin Concerto, April 2019
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 has again been reflected in her work this season. In September 2019 she made two appearances at Georgia’s inaugural Tsinandali Festival; in October she played the Tchaikovsky Concerto in Taipei and Tokyo with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and at the start of the New Year she embarked on a tour with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, performing the Berg Violin Concerto in London, Paris, Hamburg, Baden-Baden, Bonn and Luxembourg.
Lisa Batiashvili has been an exclusive DG 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 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 her 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.
In November 2016 she released an album pairing the violin concertos of Tchaikovsky and Sibelius, a recording which arose from her fruitful collaboration with the Berlin Staatskapelle and Barenboim. Batiashvili’s next DG album, Visions of Prokofiev, featured the Russian composer’s two violin concertos and three popular excerpts from his stage works in new arrangements by her father, Tamás Batiashvili. Recorded with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Nézet-Séguin, it was released in February 2018 and went on to win an Opus Klassik Award. Batiashvili also appeared as soloist on Ilan Eshkeri’s acclaimed soundtrack album for The White Crow (directed by Ralph Fiennes), released in March 2019.
Her latest album, City Lights, is set for international release on 5 June 2020. It opens with “City Memories”, a suite paying tribute to the music and movies of Charlie Chaplin, then becomes an eclectic exploration of cities that have particular significance for Batiashvili, who is joined in her travels by artists including Katie Melua, Miloš Karadaglić and Till Brönner. Nikoloz Rachveli, who arranged many of the tracks on the album, conducts the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Georgia Philharmonic.
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 three Echo/Opus Klassik awards, and in 2017 was one of the ten nominees for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year. Highlights of recent years include critically acclaimed seasons as Artist in Residence with the New York Philharmonic (2014–15), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (2016–17), Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (2017–18) and Münchner Konzertdirektion Hörtnagel (2018–19), and her performance at the prestigious Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm in December 2018.
Lisa Batiashvili lives in Munich and plays a 1739 Guarneri “del Gesù” violin, generously loaned by a private collector.
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