Mariam Batsashvili Bechstein-Centrum, Frankfurt
Bechstein-Centrum, Frankfurt — 3 May 2017
Franz Liszt, Sarabande and Chaconne from ‘Almira’ by Händel S 181, Arrang. by Franz Liszt
Johann Sebastian Bach (Arr.: Ferruccio Busoni), Chaconne D minor, BWV 1004
Frédérik Chopin, Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante
Franz Liszt, Sonata in B minor S 178
A thousand great moments: Batsashvili creates a dark poetry, which always feels natural yet accurate. (…) Magical moments are always paired with consistency, matching her virtuosity with soul. (…) Her performance displays an objective wisdom.” (SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, Egbert Tholl, 08.06.2015)
At only 23 years old, Mariam Batsashvili already ranks among the most promising young pianists of her generation. She first received international recognition at the 10th Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht 2014, where she won First Prize as well as the Junior Jury Award and the Press Prize. “Winner Batsashvili turns every phrase into something special”, headlined Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, and the international Jury called her a “complete artist” with a “tremendous touch” and “sincere emotion”.
Following this success, she gained her first experiences with leading symphony orchestras, including the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of James Gaffigan in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1), the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Rafael Payare (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1) and the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra (Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2). Mariam has also given recitals in more than 30 countries – among these China (including the NCPA in Beijing and the Shanghai Concert Hall), South Korea, Indonesia, Brazil, the United States, South Africa, France, Spain, Norway, the Baltic countries, Benelux and Germany. She has been the guest of many international festivals, such as the Beethovenfest Bonn, Pianofortissimo Festival Bologna and the Delft Chamber Music Festival.
Mariam Batiashvili has been nominated by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) as ‘Rising Star’ for the 2016/17 season, and will perform in the most significant concert halls throughout Europe, including the Philharmonies of Paris, Cologne and Luxembourg, the Vienna Musikverein, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Müpa Budapest, L’Auditori in Barcelona, the Stockholm Concert Hall, the Southbank Centre in London, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, and will return to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. She will also give her recital debuts at London’s Wigmore Hall and the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, appear with the Staatskapelle Weimar under the baton of Kirill Karabits, with the Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne under Gábor Takács-Nagy and perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Wurttemberg Philharmonic Orchestra Reutlingen under Norichika Iimori in Munich’s Herkulessaal.
Born 1993 in Tbilisi, Georgia, Mariam Batsashvili first studied with Natalia Natsvlishvili at the E. Mikeladze Central Music School in her hometown, before continuing at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar with Professor Grigory Gruzman. In 2011 she won First Prize at the International Franz Liszt Competition for Young Pianists in Weimar, and received the prestigious Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Award in 2015. Mariam Batsashvili is a scholarship holder of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
“The competition can consider itself fortunate with a winner like Mariam Batsashvili. For her natural and poignant interpretations, charismatic appearance and a tone quality rarely heard among virtuosos. ”
The Pianist (United Kingdom)
“Batsashvili is a brilliant and imaginative musician who infuses her playing with a suggestive tension.”
Eindhovens Dagblad (The Netherlands)
“A spectacular performance of Tchaikovsky first concerto (..) showed her technical AND musical superiority.”
Trouw (The Netherlands)
“One of the pianists that I am looking forward to hearing again. Her performance was very sensitive. It felt as if she could transmit her musical thoughts very well.”
Chopin magazine (Japan)
”She send out so many otherworldly aesthetic moments in her playing, and all come naturally. The spirit of Liszt gracefully immersed in her interpretation.”
Piano Artistry (China)