Mariam Batsashvili began Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B minor powerfully – but not with violence, rather with grandeur. (…) The young pianist has a superbly clear attack, and technically speaking plays perfectly, without being interested in perfection or making a show of it. No, she is interested in something quite different: in maintaining intimate contact with the accompanying orchestra, for example, not only with her playing, but also physically, with looks and gestures. She understands music making as concert-giving in the best sense – together.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Egbert Tholl, 13/5/2017
With its extreme technical challenges, the work (Liszt’s Sonata in B minor) is not easily accessible for a wide audience. The night before last, however, these difficulties didn’t seem to be a hindrance, rather an incentive for the young star pianist from Georgia, who knew to emphasise to the full the expressive moments in the distinctive thundering ostinato passages.
Heraldo de Aragón, Luis Alfonso Bes, 26/4/2017
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)