Mariam Batsashvili



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Her technical prowess and ability to negotiate Liszt’s showy grandeur is a given, but her sense of his inner world, his wistful, nonchalant poetry (…) sets her apart as one to watch.
The Observer, Fiona Maddocks, 18/09/2019

The 27-year-old pianist Mariam Batsashvili already ranks among the most promising artists of her generation. She gained international recognition at the 10th Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht 2014. As BBC New Generation Artist, she made her debuts at the Cheltenham Festival, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and with the Ulster Orchestra at the BBC Proms. The summer of 2019 saw the release of her first album for Warner Classics.

She already 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), the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra (Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2), the Düsseldorf Symphony under Alexandre Bloch (Clara Schumann Piano Concerto) and the MDR Symphony Orchestra under Dmitry Liss (Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 K.488). She has also given recitals in more than 30 countries – among these China, South Korea, Indonesia, Brazil, 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, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Piano City festival in Milan and the Piano aux Jacobins festival in Toulouse.

She was nominated by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) as ‘Rising Star’ for the 2016/17 season, and performed in the most significant concert halls throughout Europe. Last season, she gave performances at the Philharmonic Hall of St Petersburg, the Tonhalle Zürich, the Mozarteum Salzburg and the Wigmore Hall and made her acclaimed debut at the Philharmonie Berlin as part of the series “Debüt im Deutschlandfunk Kultur”.

Her debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Alexander Shelley, in which she played Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in 2018, resulted in an immediate re-invitation for the season of 2019/20 with his 2nd Piano Concerto. She also received great acclaim for her debut concerts in China and Japan and was immediately reinvited to play Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra under Sylvain Cambreling. She also made her successful debuts at the Musikverein Vienna with the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2) and in Brussels’ Flagey with Le Concert Olympique (Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 K.466). Special highlights of the 2020/21 season are her debuts with the Munich Symphony (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1), the Filharmonia Opolska (Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2) and the Orchestra of the Opéra national de Lorraine (Clara Schumann Piano Concerto) as well as recitals at the Wigmore Hall, the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, the State Theatre Darmstadt, the Schumannfest Düsseldorf and the Klavierfestival Ruhr.

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 and is supported by The Keyboard Charitable Trust. She has been an official Yamaha Artist since 2017.

2020/2021 season

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Her technical prowess and ability to negotiate Liszt’s showy grandeur is a given, but her sense of his inner world, his wistful, nonchalant poetry – in the Grande études in A flat or the Consolations (Pensées poétiques) or the Polish Songs after Chopin – sets her apart as one to watch.
The Observer, Fiona Maddocks, 18/09/2019

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)

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Orchestra Repertoire

L. v. Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 C minor, Op. 37
Piano Concerto No. 5 E-flat major, Op. 73
Fantasy for piano, choir and orchestra C minor, Op. 80
Rondo for piano and orchestra B-flat major, WoO6
F. Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 F minor, Op. 21
F. Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 E-flat major, S. 124
Hungarian Fantasy for piano and orchestra, S. 123
Malédiction' for piano and string orchestra, S. 121

Solo Repertoire

V. Azarashvili Nostalgia
J. S. Bach Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in c minor BWV 847
Prelude and Fugue No. 5 in D major BWV 850
Prelude and Fugue No. 15 in G major BWV 884
English Suite No. 3 in G minor BWV 808
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue D minor BWV 903
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
A. Marcello / J. S. Bach Concerto in D Minor BWV 974
J. S. Bach / F. Busoni Chaconne in D minor BWV 1004
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Mariam Batsashvili - Chopin & Liszt

Mariam Batsashvili - Chopin & Liszt

Mariam Batsashvili
Warner, 2019

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