The Kennedy Center

Elisabeth Batiashvili


"It's a talent that future generations will prize alongside those of, say, Milstein or Neveu. Indeed, my guess is that in years to come those of us who were present will reminisce about Batiashvili's first Prom much as we do now about Yevgeny Kissin's. " – Rob Cowan, The Independent , August 16, 2000

Still in her early 20s, the Georgian-born violinist Lisa Batiashvili has already made an indelible impression on the international music scene, with stunning successes throughout Europe, North America and the Pacific Rim territories.

It is already several years since Lisa made debuts in recital and concerto at the Ravinia Festival with Christoph Eschenbach and the Chicago Symphony; an orchestral debut in Japan with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; and debut recitals at London's Wigmore Hall and at the Chatelet, Paris which elicited overwhelming approval from public and critics alike. In Spring/Summer 2000 she played for the first time with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra and Lorin Maazel; followed closely by stunning debuts at the Blossom Festival with the Cleveland Orchestra/ Osmo Vänskä and at the BBC Promenade Concerts with Vänskä and his BBC Scottish Symphony. Each of these engagements led to immediate re-invitations; and BBC Music Magazine nominated her London Prom as the most outstanding debut of the year.

She is a graduate of the BBC's ‘New Generation Artists' scheme, in conjunction with which she made a debut recital CD for EMI – music by Brahms, Schubert and Bach, which instantly won the highest critical acclaim, including selection as one of the best CDs of 2001 by BBC Music Magazine. In August 2003, Lisa was named winner of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival's Leonard Bernstein Award.

Now Lisa's worldwide schedule is characterised by invitations with the leading orchestras and conductors of the day. Czech Philharmonic/Ashkenazy; Philharmonia/Dohnanyi; Concertgebouw/McGegan; Finnish Radio Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Orchestre de Paris and NDR Symphony/Oramo; Netherlands Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony/Stenz; Gothenburg Symphony and Orchestre National de Belgique/Franck; Minnesota Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Oesterreichischer Rundfunk Orchestra, Halle, BBC Scottish Symphony/Vanska; Bayerischer Rundfunk/Maazel; NHK Symphony/Dutoit; Los Angeles Philharmonic and Frankfurt Radio Orchestra/Paavo Jarvi; Toronto Symphony/Saraste; St Petersburg Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony/Temirkanov; Philadelphia Orchestra/Sawallisch.

Appearing twice at Carnegie Hall during 2003, Lisa will make her New York Philharmonic debut in March 2005 with Lorin Maazel, and her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic/Osmo Vanska in October 2004. She is also much in demand as a chamber musician, working together with, for example, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Milana Chernyavska , Alban Gerhardt, Jan-Erik Gusstavson and Steven Osborne.

International awareness of this outstanding young musician was triggered by her unprecedented success in the 1995 Sibelius Competition in Helsinki where, as the youngest competitor aged 16, she was awarded second prize. Since then an exceptional career has blossomed, alongside studies with Professor Ana Chumachenko at the Musikhochschule in Munich – Lisa's home city since 1994 – and with professor Mark Lubotski at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg.

Lisa plays the 1709 Engleman Stradivarius – kindly loaned by the Nippon Music Foundation.

“She is a real discovery. ... Here was a musician who was fully aware of the essence and emotion of the interpretation... we have heard one of the leading interpreters of the next generation.” – Reinhard Schulz, Süddeutsche Zeitung , 6 December 1998

February 2004
Elisabeth Batiashvili