Lisa Batiashvili | Biography


Lisa Batiashvili
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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 2017–18 season. In November 2017 she gave the UK premiere of Anders Hillborg’s Violin Concerto No.2 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo at London’s Barbican Centre, having given the world premiere in Stockholm in 2016. In December, as part of her season-long residency with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, she gave three performances in Rome of the Tchaikovsky Concerto under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano. Her forthcoming schedule includes performances with, among others, the Staatskapelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboim, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under both Pappano and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She will also perform Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto at venues around the world, including the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Musikverein and the Dresden Semperoper, to coincide with the release of her fifth album for Deutsche Grammophon.
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 and which was hailed by Gramophone as “a disc full of beautiful and inventive violin-playing from one of the world’s most mesmerising talents”. Batiashvili’s latest DG album, Visions of Prokofiev, features 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 is set for international release on 9 February 2018.
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, and in 2017 was one of the ten nominees for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year. Highlights of recent years include a productive period as the Staatskapelle Dresden’s Capell-Virtuosin (2012–13) and critically acclaimed seasons as Artist in Residence with the New York Philharmonic (2014–15) and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (2016–17).
Lisa Batiashvili lives in Munich and plays a 1739 Guarneri “del Gesù” violin, generously loaned by a private collector.