Biography

Lisa Batiashvili, Musical America’s 2015 Instrumentalist of the Year, is this season’s Artist-in-Residence with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as well as a Portrait Artist of the Bamberger Symphoniker. Praised by audiences and fellow musicians for her virtuosity and “profound sensitivity” (Financial Times), the German based Georgian violinist has developed long-standing relationships with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Highlights in Lisa’s 2016/17 season include performances with Staatskapelle Dresden (with Gautier Capuçon and Christian Thielemann), hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt (Andrés Orozco-Estrada), the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Gustavo Dudamel), London Symphony Orchestra (Michael Tilson Thomas), Berliner Philharmoniker (Sir Simon Rattle) and Orchestre de chambre de Paris (François Leleux). She also performs the world premiere of Anders Hillborg’s Violin Concerto No.2 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestestra (Sakari Oramo) followed by a performance with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (Alan Gilbert).

As part of her residency with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, she will play Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto under Antonio Pappano, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2 under Daniele Gatti and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 under Vladimir Jurowski, while her two weeks at the Bamberger Symphoniker see performances of Dvořák’s Violin Concerto with Ingo Metzmacher; and the Bach and Thierry Escaich concertos for violin and oboe with François Leleux under Jakub Hrůša. Chamber music projects include the opening celebration of the Boulez Saal in Berlin, where she performs with members of the Staatskapelle Berlin; a series of recitals with Georgian jazz pianist Beka Gochiashvili; and a tribute concert to Alfred Brendel in Berlin.  

Recording exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon, Lisa’s next album, to be released in November 2016, will feature the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius violin concertos with Daniel Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin. Her most recent release was an album dedicated to works by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach, featuring, among others, François Leleux, Emmanuel Pahud and Kammerorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Earlier recordings include the Brahms Violin Concerto with Staatskapelle Dresden (Christian Thielemann), and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Esa-Pekka Salonen). She has also recorded the Beethoven, Sibelius and Lindberg concertos for Sony.

A student of Ana Chumachenco and Mark Lubotsky, Lisa gained international recognition at age 16 as the youngest-ever competitor in the Sibelius Competition. She has been awarded two ECHO Klassik awards, the MIDEM Classical Award, the Choc de l'année, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana International Prize, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival's Leonard Bernstein Award and the Beethoven-Ring.

Lisa lives in Munich and plays a Joseph Guarneri “del Gesu” from 1739, generously loaned by a private collector.